Dust Boot Stuck on Eibach Pro-Damper
I searched for this topic, but there was zero results on Google. That's surprising as I'd expect this to be a more common problem with it recently occurred to me. After all, how can a dust boot get stuck to a shock damper?
Well, as I mentioned on this web site, I installed a set of Eibach Pro-System (shock and springs) onto a 1995 Honda Civic EX Coupe. The installation was a breeze. Got everything into the car within a week (a few hours a day). I drove it around for two to three days and it was fine. Then I started hearing creaking noises in the back. And it got louder and louder. It got loud to a point I thought my rear suspension was going to come apart.
I examined the two dampers in the back and noticed that I could see the silver shaft on the rear driver-side damper, whereas the one on the right is covered by the dust boot. I took off the rear passenger wheel and found the dust boot all the way down on the assembly. I tried to move it up, but apparently, it was stuck on the damper extremely tight. I could not move it at all. I was quite surprised to find that the dust boot and the Eibach Pro-Damper, which was made for this car, had zero tolerance with regards to the motion of each other.
At this time, I have not figured out a way to separate the dust boot from the damper either with the damper on or off the car. Anyone have any ideas?
I found out it is because I didn't install this super heavy duty washer that was on the old shocks (see photo below). I didn't realize this super heavy duty washer was removable. When I tried to remove it with my hand, it wouldn't budge. But after I hit it with a vise-grip, it came off pretty easily.
So I ended up removing the Eibach Pro-System from the Civic again. Took everything apart and installed these super heavy duty washers. Now the car drives fine.
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