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Old 04-09-2018, 04:38 PM
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Anyone had experience with the Front axle bmw Bellows Kit?

I have a 2005 BMW X5 4.4i and my CV boot on the driver side is torn. I've ordered the
BMW Repair Kit Bellows Exterior (X5) - Genuine (BMW 31607565316 part number) from FCP Euro and plan on installing it this weeked.

If anyone has any advice on the best way to install this kit I would greatly appreciate it.

If not I'll try and do a write up on it.

Thanks.
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Old 04-09-2018, 10:26 PM
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Just search the site, there is lots of info on cv boot replacement.
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Old 04-10-2018, 05:43 AM
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Thanks for pointing out the obvious but I've already searched the forum as well as google and didn't get any hits for the bellows kit before I posted my question.
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Old 04-10-2018, 05:57 AM
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Replacing gaiters [bellows] on output shaft.

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Home / BMW E53 X5 3.0i SAV / Repair Manuals and Technical Data / 31 Front axle, front suspension / 31 60 Output shaft / 31 60 535 Replacing two gaiters on output shaft(s)

https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/e...-shaft/FRCF7sl
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Old 04-10-2018, 06:00 AM
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Yes, obviuosly you will not get much for search results for "bellows kit."
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Old 04-10-2018, 06:06 AM
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Yes, obviuosly you will not get much for search results for "bellows kit."
That’s what they’re called at RealOEM.

I learned to drive in 1960 in a new Land Rover 88 with gaiters on the front axles.
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Old 04-16-2018, 11:16 AM
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Haha, I guess the OP must have found the needle in the haystack he was looking for.
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:14 PM
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- Below is a good DIY (it is NOT 30 minutes as the DIY said LOL!!!).

- Make sure you read it properly and support the Front subframe with at least 2 jack stands.

- I use a regular 4-leg jack stand + a screw-type jack stand (screw-type is about $45 at Harbor Freight or Northern Tools). The SUV is heavy!!!


https://xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-forums/...0-minutes.html
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Old 09-08-2019, 04:39 PM
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I have a 2005 BMW X5 4.4i and my CV boot on the driver side is torn. I've ordered the
BMW Repair Kit Bellows Exterior (X5) - Genuine (BMW 31607565316 part number) from FCP Euro and plan on installing it this weeked.

If anyone has any advice on the best way to install this kit I would greatly appreciate it.

If not I'll try and do a write up on it.

Thanks.
I replaced one on the right front of my 2001 x5 e53 and.. I have news for yhoes of you who have not heard of this.. There is a company called HippoRed tha has a split boot or the front white a glue that is nothing short of meracious.. NOT I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR RESULTS.. It is orderd from Italy and I do not have the ordering info.. Mine has been on the car for two years
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Old 09-09-2019, 09:20 PM
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the axle shaft is cheap. Why do just a boot kit. Once the boot is open the grease is expelled, dirt enters and the joint is compromised. Not worth the time and effort to clean it repack a 10 year old part. If the axle was expensive I could see it but for $100, replace the cv shaft.

check the axle seal before you start...if its leaking replace it while you have the axle out.
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Old 09-10-2019, 02:47 PM
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The best reson I can think of is the time and takeing everything apart to replace the shaft when a really good split boot gets u two boots and the rubber glue and fresh grease
and takes about 20 minuits to fix,, Yes the cost is close to not cheep ..Whats your time worth
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Old 09-10-2019, 07:07 PM
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Its a 20 minute job to replace the axle shaft. remove the axle nut, out tie rod end nut, lower control arm bolt and remove the axle shaft.

no mess washing out lead based grease, split boots are not as good as a one piece boot. Time is the reason I replaced the complete assembly. I won't have to go back later. I work in a flat rate shop.
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