1978 VW Bus, manual FI 2.0 - CV Joints

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1978 VW Bus, manual FI 2.0 - CV Joints

Post by khargis » Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:56 am

Hello all. It has been a bit, but now that the ground is no longer frozen and the sun is peeking out, it is time to get some work done. I have a question or questions regarding CV joints for my bus. As of now, I am not getting any noise or signs, but my boots have tears in them and although I have kept them lubed up, I feel it is time to give some love to the CV's. Should I just replace the boots or should that be determined when I get in there. I have never pulled these off, so I am a newby in this area, but I look forward to the task! Is there a preferred brand that y'all would recommend? What else should I look for while I am in there? Thank you for any feedback and hope this finds all y'all very well!
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Re: 1978 VW Bus, manual FI 2.0 - CV Joints

Post by vwlover77 » Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:22 am

I would recommend just replacing the boots if there are no other warning signs. I found this job to be easier than expected, but MESSY! I'm sure there's a write-up on this forum somewhere on how to do this, but I can't find it at the moment.
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Re: 1978 VW Bus, manual FI 2.0 - CV Joints

Post by SlowLane » Sat Mar 11, 2017 4:37 pm

khargis wrote:
Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:56 am
Is there a preferred brand that y'all would recommend? What else should I look for while I am in there? Thank you for any feedback and hope this finds all y'all very well!
Preferred brand? Anything not EMPI!

Seriously, though, the Lobro ones available from Van-Cafe or Bus Depot are OEM quality.

Or you could go for the tuff stuff and install the Rockford boots from T3 Technique or Go Westy. I have no personal experience with the Rockford boots, so I can't say whether they live up to their claims of longevity.

Other things to look for? Make sure you have the crescent-shaped retaining plates in place and the right tool to remove the CV bolts (could be either an Allen hex or a 12-point "3-square" tool). If the bolts that you have are rounded in their drive sockets, it's worth springing for new bolts as well.

Get a packet of Shnorr washers of the correct size. The usual VW parts sources grossly overcharge for these things. Grainger or McMaster-Carr would be a better bet for them.

Oh, and lots of disposable rags. CV grease is one of the most tenacious products you can imagine. It sticks to everything.
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Re: 1978 VW Bus, manual FI 2.0 - CV Joints

Post by khargis » Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:19 pm

Thanks for the feedback y'all! I appreciate it.

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