Keeping the old girl going

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Keeping the old girl going

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Been a silent BX owner for years but felt the time was right to get into the mix of other owners having found out today mine is just 1 of 5 left in the UK on road so keen to keep her going.
55k on clock been passing every mot but recently my drive suffered the LHM stains. To cut a long story short I spent all Sunday re doing the DIY octopus. Took my time and works a treat. BUT, while having the car fully raised one of the rear return lines stretched and split the rubber boot on suspension. Typical, more oil on drive.
I have ordered 2 new boots and going to have a go changing having been told all I have to do is remove the clip and pull old one off. I'm hoping there are not too many now laughing out there. Please tell me it is as easy as this as cannot find any help at all on web.

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Re: Keeping the old girl going

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Yep, rear boots are fairly easy - fiddly rather than difficult. It'll be worth spraying the clips etc. The day before if they haven't been touched in years. While you're under there it'll be worth checking the cylinder, pipes, sub frame and the rails above the sub frame for corrosion.
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Re: Keeping the old girl going

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Thanks for that and will give it a go. But do I need to de pressurise the system first or can i just put to max height and do it that way? ( with axel stands under car)

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You'll need to jack the rear wheels off the ground then depressurise the system, as the push rod and piston needs to be pushed into the cylinder in order to give you the space to remove the old boot and fit the new one.
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BX 19RD Estate Mk1 - Timex!
BX 4X4 Estate - Oh god, I've done it again!
BX 17RD MK1 - it called to me!
BX14 TGE, - SOLD
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Thanks mike

Now all clear

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All done.

My tip to others is to re assemble the whole thing before sliding back the push rod into place. There is room.
Put the push rod in the gaiter so the small cone end with the peg hole pushes into the rubber as trying to get the rubber over the cone once in place is impossible.
Thanks again for the advice

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Re: Keeping the old girl going

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Hi.

I noticed in you first posting that you have used a DIY octopus.
Do you have any details, pictures of how you did this, materials used etc. if you do perhaps you could contribute the details to the thread in the Chat Section " Octopus Modification" further down.

I am in the process deciding which way to go with my Tizzy D.

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Brian
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