An increasing number of new car models use thermoplastic drive shaft boots instead of the traditional rubber boots. The benefits of thermoplastic boots are that they are more resistant to solvents and oils, as well as more resistant to the contamination present in the air (including ozone, which degrades the rubber).
The above advantages have led to the fact that the aftermarket now offers thermoplastic boots for car models that were originally mounted with rubber boots. Therefore, it is not always necessarily a mistake when the garage is supplied with a thermoplastic boot for a car with a defective rubber boot that needs to be replaced. An example could be Toyota Avensis 1.6, TecDoc K-type 8924.
The disadvantage that many garages, however, point out is that the mounting of a thermoplastic boot is more laborious and hence time-consuming. The clamps for attaching the boots must be of a particularly heavy quality and tightened with a special torque.
For this reason, you will find car specific rubber boots for those car models that are originally equipped with thermoplastic boots. An example could be VW Golf IV 1.6, TecDoc K-type 8460.
An alternative to this could also be universal boots, which require varying degrees of adjustment. A distinction is made between the traditional universal boot which comes in two sizes which can be individually adjusted, and the Duraboot series, where eight sizes cover the majority of the car parc - and which need no adjustment. Common to both types is that they can be replaced without dismantling the drive shaft joint, resulting in a time saving replacement.
Whether you want a car specific, convertible, or the universal type with or without adjustment, you will find it all in Triscan’s programme of drive shaft boots. This of course also applies for clamps, grease and utilities.
Thermoplastic boot - Toyota Avensis 1.6, TecDoc K-type 8924
Rubber boot - VW Golf IV 1.6, TecDoc K-type 8460