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April 2015 n Performance & Hotrod Business n 95 April 2015 n PRECISION ENGINE n 15 Boot installation will vary signifi- cantly from one vehicle to the next, but on a pipe it remains nearly identical. Following the basic guide below should help you get those new boots on and keep them on! Remove your existing boot Removing your existing boot should be a fairly simple process. First, loosen the clamps securing the boot to both ends of the connection. Once complete, pull the tube to separate the boot. A pick tool may be necessary if the boot seems stuck to either surface. If you were unfor- tunate enough to have suffered a boot rupture, the vehicle may have done most of this work for you. Clean the sealing surface Cleaning the surface of your boot connection is vital to ensure that the new boot stays firmly planted in its new home. Take the appropriate measures and use a solvent to properly remove all oil from the surface of the pipe. Be sure all solvents have evaporated before installing your new boot. If you wish to take this further, cleaning the entire CAC system is possible with the use of common dish soap. Once the system is complete, we recommend installing a catch can to ensure that the system remains clean. Select the appropriate clamps and slide them onto the pipe Use the guide in this article to select the appropriate clamps for your needs. Ensure that the correct size is being used (especially with the T-bolt units). Once you have your clamps in hand, loosen and slide them onto the pipe. Slide the new boot into position This is normally the easy part. Slide your new boot onto the connection points, making sure that the coupler is seated. If you are having issues with get- ting the coupler onto the pipe, use some dish soap or hairspray to temporarily lubricate the surface for easy installation. Tighten the clamps Install the clamps and torque them to the manufacturer's specs. Be sure not to over tighten these as you could distort the piping (if aluminum) or damage the clamp itself. Road test the vehicle to ensure the boot is secure This is the fun part! Once the boot is completely installed and you have veri- fied that all clamps are properly tight- ened, an appropriate test drive is nec- essary to ensure you have a functioning system. Be sure to get into high boost once the vehicle is warm, to make certain all connections are properly secured. Install Practices

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