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I noticed yesterday the rubber boot on one of my shocks is splitting pretty good. Looking at parts list it doesn't appear to be an item that's available separately for replacement. do these basically just keep dirt out and does it look as though it would adversely affect its function. I suspect it was like that all last season with no adverse effects noticed.
It keeps junk off the rod so it don't eat up the seals .
 

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What's the preferred solution, replace the shock, (try to) repair the boot or just leave it alone till it fails?
 

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Honda part number 52611-MG9-671

Thread here goes through complete rebuild process and lists the part number.

Road King Shock Disassembly [Archive] - The Sportster and Buell Motorcycle Forum
Awesome. I don't believe I need to completely rebuild it, just want to change the boot. I'm speculating that its would simply be a case of relaeasing the air, unbolting the bottom and loosening the top bolt to remove/replace the boot?

REMOVAL
NOTE
Place the motorcycle on a hydraulic center stand with the
rear wheel raised off the ground.
1. Raise lid of right side saddle bag. Grasp bail wire inside
saddlebag and rotate each stud a full 1/4 turn in a
counter-clockwise direction. Remove bail head studs
with flat washers. Remove saddlebag.
2. Depress collar on compression fitting to release air tube.
See upper frame of Figure 2-93.
3. Turn the upper shock mounting bolt until free. Remove
the upper shock mounting bolt (with lockwasher and flat
washer). See lower frame of Figure 2-93.
4. Remove the shock bottom bolt (with lockwasher and flat
washer) from the rear fork mount. Remove the shock
absorber assembly from the vehicle.
 

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Awesome. I don't believe I need to completely rebuild it, just want to change the boot. I'm speculating that its would simply be a case of relaeasing the air, unbolting the bottom and loosening the top bolt to remove/replace the boot?

I believe that would be correct.

Actually, if you are not completely removing the shock, I don't think it would be necessary to release the air.
 

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I got one on order from a local Honda dealer, should have it by the weekend. Checked the other side and it was fine so only got the one.
 

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Picked it up last night, $23.47 with a discount. Have to get a torque wrench and put it on this weekend
 

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Both of mine look like that. I figured it wouldn't really hurt too much. Been riding for over a year with no issues.


-Rohan
 

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Picked up a torque wrench on sale at Harbor Freight this morning, changed the boot to the shock, lock-tite(d) and torqued it and went riding this afternoon. I only had to remove the bottom bolt and the shock swung enough to clear getting the old boot off. Had to fight the new one a bit to get the bottom over the bushing. It was tight.
 

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Sorry to be a little naïve here, but I've been looking for boots for a long time I notice mcnphog seems to have pair in the accompanying photograph. If I might ask actually where did you purchase them?
 

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