How to Install Clamps on a Boot ATV

Two clamps ensure that the grease held inside a constant-velocity joint remains sealed and no dirt enters and destroys the internal components of the CV joint. The clamps used on CV joints remain in place through a combination of tension and crimping to keep the inside of a CV joint well greased and dirt free. Applying the correct amount of tension to the clamps is vital to the longevity of the installed boot. Excessive clamp pressure will cause the rubber boot to tear at the sides of the clamp and too little pressure will allow the boot to slip down the CV joint. Both situations reduce the lifespan of an installed boot.


1)Β Wrap the large clamp over the bigger end of the CV joint. Slide the bare end of the clamp through the end of the clamp containing a clip and two prongs. Align the clamp with the clamp groove molded in the rubber boot. Pull the clamp tight to the CV boot.

2)Β Slide the bare end of the clamp through the end of a clamp bending tool. Turn the top handle of the tool to align the slot of the tool tensioner with the bare clamp end. Push the clamp end through the slot. Pull the excess length of the clamp through the tool.

3)Β Turn the upper handle of the banding tool clockwise until the clamp holds the boot tight to the body of the ATV axle. Turn the lower handle of the banding tool clockwise to cut and bend the end of the clamp over itself. Push the two prongs — located in front of the clamp clip — toward the band to complete the installation of the large CV boot clamp.

4)Β Install the small CV boot clamp using the same installation method as the large clamp.

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