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have a 1999 goldwing, just replaced a final drive boot, 1500 miles ago, it now has the same tear in the left top of it. Any one have this problem? I think it could be a bad motor mount, broke or cracked frame. Hellllppp
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Welcome to the forum. Only three ways the boot can tear. Either something is rubbing off it, it was fitted wrong (ripped while fitting) or it was a used boot. They get brittle with age and used ones can rip after they are fitted.

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It's unlikely to be a bad mount, the engine bolts directly to the frame. Those boots are easy to tear when fitting them up. A small nick in the rubber will become a big cut very quickly.


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Order a new one from a Vaulkrye they are heavier duty.
#08 BOOT, JOINT 52104-MZ0-A40 $13.19

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Two things. First I remember something about a redesign of the boot. The first design could rub through because of contact under certain situations. Maybe you got the old design.


Second, with that said the Valkyrie is a heavy duty boot and a direct replacement. Most on the board replace that boot with the Valk boot and it is good for life. Search the site for more info. I bet you will find your answer.

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Ok, so no one thinks it could be a cracked frame? I know it wasn't torn when I put it on, will look at the Valkyrie boot. Which way does the engine tork? Its just a pain in the butt to take it all apart again, and not knowing for a fact that it isn't something other than just a bad boot again, tear is in the exact spot on the new boot. The joint doesn't feel rough, will check it again. I think the original rear drive got water in it from the torn boot, the pinion bearing started making noise, don't want to damage the replacement rear drive again from the same boot problem. One last thing, did comment to myself that the drive shaft is really close at the top of the boot closet to the swing arm, say about 2 to 4mm from the boot, very close. Thanks for the information
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The Valkrie boot will give you a larger knuckle area to accomidate the driveshaft and knucle the Valkrie uses. Fits great. Doubt if you have a bad motor mount, or cracked frame. You know the history of the bike better than we do though. I have used the Valkrie boot on my 1500 for years now with no problems.
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Thank you gumbyred, for the information, I also have a red bike, so love the color, all my rigs are red lol
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See my post on this thread about why this happens.



https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/...ht=gl1500+boot



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See my post on this thread about why this happens.

https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/...ht=gl1500+boot
There you go Dave. You already had the answer to your problem before you started this thread.
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