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OK I was rotating the tires and noticed inner boot cracking. looked around and because i'm getting close to 300k I decided that all should be changed. I ordered them from IDparts.com and they came in, however the inner boots do not have clamps in the kits. I looked at the ones on germanautoparts as well and they do not have clamps either. however if you look at this thread http://newbeetle.org/forums/technical-how/24167-how-replace-cv-axle.html you can clearly see that the inner's have clips. I've been told by many that they are not supposed to be on there but the images clearly show they are there.

can anyone shed some light on this for me please.
 

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Lot of variations on front axle types and CV boot style.

The inner passenger/right side CV boot is usually the first to go on many of these cars.

Often it is not worth the effort to try and replace just the boot. There are also some flex/stretch boots available that may be a better choice, IF, you can find the correct application and part.

I have found it is VERY hard to nail anything down with the axles and CV boots on these cars, just too many options.

Details on the car, year, model, engine and transmission type.
 

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I emailed GKN; the oem for vw axles and they told me, which specific cv boot repair kit, to get for my car (give them your year, model, vin number, engine and transmission code). In my case; the inner CV boot; has a one clamp on the one side (big) and not the other (small), however on the outer cv boot there are two clamps. As noted; each cv shaft; may be different and thus, contacting them, is probably the best way to get the correct boot kit for your car.

GKN/LOBRO brand boot kits:

Boots - Passenger Cars - GKN Land Systems

Information request_Customer Service - Contact - GKN Land Systems

http://web.tecdoc.net/gkn/home.jsp?server=6&time=12/8/2015-8:0:23#9f0a7faf39ddd73a2e22f14a94f205fa

Their customer service; provided the boot kit part # I needed and responded with in a day or so.

You could also; get them from your local vw dealer; based upon your vin #. The GKN brand was cheaper than, the genuine vw parts.

Volkswagen National eStore

I found these places; to be GKN/LOBRO dealers, so you might contact them as well.

fcp euro

https://www.fcpeuro.com/

autohausarizona

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=autohaus arizona

pelican parts

Pelican Parts.com - Parts, Accessories and Technical Information for all Volkswagen Automobiles.

BMA Auto parts

BMA Auto Parts | Bumper to Bumper since 1978 | Oem auto parts, vw parts, sachs boge, mercedes benz parts, honda auto parts, saab parts
 

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thanks for the info guys, yup mine do not have the clamp towards the wheel on the inners, kinda strange. as for swapping out to new axles If the cv is gone yes i do that but if i catch it early I change out the boots. and considering I hate aftermarket shafts except for raxels or oem because they go bad after about 2 days driving on them. I would rather try and keep the oem ones in as good of shape as I can. It sounds crazy but on vw's i trust an oem that came with the car with 300k on it over a napa reman :p

welp off to yank off some axles, and thanks for the links as well, i got mine from IDparts, never had any bad luck with those guys.
 
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