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HELP!!!! Installing 90 degree boots on to spark plug wires

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by bp1971, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. Please help...are there any tricks to installing the 90 degree boots on to the spark plug wires. I am extremely frustrated with this process.
  2. WD40 and patience are your friends
  3. Okatoma cruiser
    Joined: Feb 9, 2013
    Posts: 179

    Okatoma cruiser
    from Ms

    Go-Jo hand cleaner-(non pumice) works good too
  4. Joliet Jake
    Joined: Dec 6, 2007
    Posts: 507

    Joliet Jake
    from Jax, FL

    A good lube and needle nose pliers has always worked for me. As with any exercise in proper penetration, make sure everything is well lubed prior to insertion! 0.0

  5. 61 chevy
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 891

    61 chevy

    just a little squirt, all its takes :D
  6. Thanks guys.
  7. every thing stated as above ................cold beer and a trusted buddy , misery loves company (and then there's only half as many for you to do)" Ideal " makes a wire pulling lube that works great , we call it wire snot in the industry.
  8. You can use hair conditioner to if your wife doesn't mind. Slippery schit.
  9. tudorkeith
    Joined: May 10, 2009
    Posts: 454


    also have the boots good and warm. I usually set mine on the hood on a summer day until I use them well lubed. I prefer a little silicon spray or wd-40 but many things work. Hell just spit on it.
  10. Raven53
    Joined: Jan 12, 2009
    Posts: 442

    from Irwin Pa

    Silicone spray wont degrade the rubber and makes them really slick for pushing through.
  11. GREASER815
    Joined: Dec 2, 2008
    Posts: 973


    I use silicone spray too. Always worked for me, just take your time and be careful.
  12. skicker
    Joined: Jan 10, 2013
    Posts: 12

    from Gone

    Use silicon spray, slide the boot on first twisting it while you slide it on a couple inches past the end. Cut the wire and add the 90 degree metal end, them slide the boot down over it. Twisting it gets it through the boot easier.
  13. side_valve
    Joined: Sep 22, 2002
    Posts: 835

    Alliance Vendor

    Soak the boots in HOT soapy water
  14. iammarvin
    Joined: Oct 7, 2009
    Posts: 1,197

    from Tulare, Ca

    Just a squirt of the wife's dish soap. Slides like a sloppy whoremon.
  15. SinisterCustom
    Joined: Feb 18, 2004
    Posts: 8,269


    Hahaha...I just made my plug wires 30 minutes ago....
    I just put all the 90* boots in warm, soapy water then slide 'em on...less messy than WD-40. I then strip the wire and crimp the end on...
  16. supervert
    Joined: Mar 8, 2009
    Posts: 433


    i just did a set last week, i used some spray silly-cone and plain wire crimpers. but i have just bought some real plugwire crimpers because i went to pull one of to change the cap and the damn thing came apart. i just couldn't get a good crimp on them.
  17. hombres ruin
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,303

    hombres ruin

    A lot of aggressive swearing and kicking of shit works for me
  18. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,989

    from Tampa, FL

    A buddy uses the spray silicone but pushes a large Phillips screw driver thru them first in order to coax them to "straighten out a little while" before inserting the wire. But I think the hot soapy water trick sounds even better as it would soften-up the whole boot. Gary
  19. BillM
    Joined: May 26, 2007
    Posts: 247

    Member Emeritus

    I ground down an old screwdriver to help push the terminal and wire through the boot lubed with WD40.

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  20. 4woody
    Joined: Sep 4, 2002
    Posts: 2,103


    You are putting the boot on the wire before crimping on the terminal...Right??
  21. junk yard kid
    Joined: Nov 11, 2007
    Posts: 2,719

    junk yard kid

    Actually I used brake part assembly lube when I made yours.
  22. Dielectric grease on the inside of the boot and a little on the wire and it'll push right thru.
    Takes about 5 minutes to do a full set.
    No silly cone or wd 40 mess
  23. 60 Belair
    Joined: Feb 19, 2006
    Posts: 747

    60 Belair

    Plastic wire tie on the wire itself and soapy water, pull it thru with wire tie.

  24. 56FRLN
    Joined: Feb 7, 2012
    Posts: 221


  25. I spit on em, and use a philips screw driver from the sparkplug side to ade them along if nessasary.
  26. oldsrocket
    Joined: Oct 31, 2004
    Posts: 2,165


    I use this type of bent needle nose plier. You can get them around the bend to pull them through before putting the end on. I use dielectric grease, but the silicon spray sounds like a good idea too. Will have to try that next time.

  27. Awesome advice!!!! Thanks again.
  28. I ended up using some silicon based grease and it worked like a charm. I had the whole set done in under an hour. Thanks again guys for your help.

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