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Protector For Lift Cylinder

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by White Gardens, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Wasn't sure where to post this, so I thought I'd post here as it's a general plow repair question.

    My Lift cylinder on my plow is pitted some, and the seal leaks a little. Nothing major and the plow doesn't leak down much if at all.

    My old Meyer Plow had the same issue. Lift cylinder was pitted pretty bad.

    Is there a good protector out there that I can put over the exposed part of the cylinder to keep it from pitting. I was thinking an old style motorcycle shock protector that was just a plastic slinky looking boot, but I have not been able to find one as it seems the modern style protector is all that you find.

    Any suggestions?

  2. 02powerstroke

    02powerstroke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,188

    Do you push the cylinder all the way down when you store it for the summer ?
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,665

    Oh ya, but I'm guessing most of the pitting comes from road travel, with the plow fully extended up and the cylinder being exposed to rocks and debris from other cars and truck.
  4. slongfellowii

    slongfellowii Senior Member
    Messages: 157

    I think a shock boot would just hide any debris and cause more damage. Just make sure its pushed down in the summer and maybe a few drops of atf to keep the seals from drying out.
  5. BUFF

    BUFF PlowSite Fanatic
    from FR NoCo
    Messages: 9,078

    2x on the shock boot comment, they collect all kinds of road crud which will eventually cause rust. Try something like a inner tube, this would project the front of the ram but not surround it so it'd be easy to clean and wouldn't trap anything.