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Old 09-25-2015, 02:04 PM   #1
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Drag Link Dust Boot Replacement

During my 15K chassis maintenance I found the front dust boot on the drag link damaged. The Drag Link was turned in such a way that it was pinching the boot on the bottom side. Could not fine the boots anywhere. Cleaned the boot off looking for a part number and found the number 20-114 did a search and got a hit at the IRV2 Spartan Motorhome Chassis Forum. Ford uses the same one and they are made by TRW. Ordered two from RVChassisParts.com.
Used a piece of 2" PVC to drive the boot onto the drag link.
Thanks again Petersr58 for the torque info.
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Dust Boot Removal

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Thanks for your post. I am currently trying to replace our dust boots. Can you provide any information or step by step instruction on how you removed the dust boots. I have the nut off but I cannot get the drag link dropped down to remove the boot. I tried using a pickle fork to separate the joint. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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grtharriss Yes takes more than a pickle fork, borrow one of these pullers form AutoZone or O'reillys. Once the drag link is loose the boot is a tight fit on the drag link you will have to hammer it off and use the 2" pvc pipe to press the new one on.
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An alternate technique for dropping the drag link end (works on tie rod ends too) is to back off the castle nut then strike the side of the arm that the tapered shaft goes through with a BFH. The vibration usually drops the end out after four or five hits.

DON'T beat on the threaded end! All manner of bad stuff happens when you do that.
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What AITG said.

In 35 years of heavy truck repair, I have never used the fork. Well maybe, but not for a tie rod end or ball joint.

One GOOD shot on the end of the arm, not the side, and out it comes. If you hit it on the side, your force is absorbed by the spindle moving.
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Thanks for the info everyone, when we get back in town gonna give it another try.
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Ford replaced mine under warranty.
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Thanks for the info. Mine are in the same shape. What was the torque for the bolt ends?
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Just had mine replaced by Ford under Warranty.
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Glad you got it taken care of. Did ours myself, would have been covered by warranty but closest shop was 2 hours away and we're backed up. Didn't have 3+ weeks to wait on it. Ordered the boot and arrived in 2-3 days and replaced in an hour or so.
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Prior to winterization while greasing the front end I noticed a torn boot also. Don't recall which one and my coach is new. I am sure there are new coaches on the lot with torn boots.
Torque spec ?
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GRTHarris,, thank you very much for this info.. I done mine yesterday with the part number you recommended..Works like a charm.. My cousin is a Ford Service manager and said I would have to buy entire drag link..I told him no thanks and told him what I had done..I am a returning member hence the new member status.. Haven't been on here in a while..Thanks again..
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I just replaced my front boot also. 2018 (2017 chassis) with about 12,000 miles. Perhaps this location is susceptible to road hazard damage?
Thanks grtharris for the part number.
I did get the tapered fitting apart with several solid blows with the big friendly hammer. And one very gentle tap on the nut, mostly to see if it was loose yet which it was.
Someone mentioned 130 ft/lbs. for the castle nut. That is what I used, then just a little more to get the hole lined up for the cotter pin.
I bought two boots to have a spare. It looks like the tie rod ends might be the exact same boot if one of those tears.
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My theory is that with the wheel turned fully one way or the other, the boot is being pinched between the arm and rod.

You may be able to limit your sharp turns a bit and not tear it.
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