I just installed a new set of can am rear cv boot guards on my new XMR the aluminum ones with the plastic inner portion, anyways I popped a boot ten minutes later:th_smiliepissed: I did install them properly, I'm assuming a rock or something got stuck or rubbed between the guard and boot. Having that said I'm considering taking them off now as the goal was to save me money not cost me more in the first ten minutes. Do you think I should leave them on Or take them off? Anyone else have problems with them? Thanks in advance!
I have ricochet skids and cv protection all around and have had no issues......a rock can do that if it gets lodged between there but without them a stick can poke holes and tear boots....I think you'd be safer leaving them on...
Upon closer inspection it appears that maybe the guard had nothing to do with the boot pin hole, although there is a light scuff mark on the boot clamp where the hole is it may have been a pre existing rub mark that finally gave out. It looks like a boot defect possibly because the small tear is right on a seam where they mold the two halfs right next to the boot clamp and if it were a rock I think it would be more apparent by scrape marks. This ride was the first time I opened it up with full throttle and top speed down a back road and it was just a back road ride with no mud or anything to even touch the boot, the speed may have finished it off. If I can figure out how to post a picture I will. Not sure if I can with my iPad or not.
Just a look back on this post I'm glad I went with the boot guards. I now have 1100 klms on my ride with out an issue! The key I've found to boot life is cleaning out the debris from the guard after a mud hole. Also I don't think I mentioned when I first installed them I lifted the back end of the quad off the ground to make sure things cleared properly. One side of the guard was a bit close to the boot but not touching so I shaved a bit off of the guard with an angle grinder for ample clearance. Even with snow jammed in everything I haven't had an issue, if I'm going to stop for a break in cold weather I make sure the guards are cleaned out when I stop then I'm good to go! If you choose to grind down a bit of the guard use a fresh grinding wheel that hasn't been used on mild steel or it my effect the corrosion resistance of the aluminum. Cheers!