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Keep on blowing intercooler boots off...

I am now seeing 28 PSI on my newly rebuilt/modded turbo. I keep blowing my intercooler boots. It was the top driverside boot that connects to the Y pipe. I think I got that one tight enough to not blow the intercooler tube off, but I blew the bottom one off the intercooler now. How do I keep the boots and tubes together? I am still using the stock boots, do I need to upgrade beacuse of the oil soaking through maybe? I cant hold my foot in the throttle for long, and cant go WOT cause of this problem. Any ideas guys? Thanks!

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i have been told to buy the aftermarket ones and clean them up using hair spray and get them tight. i cleaned up my stock ones using hair spray and i haven't blown one yet.

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So CLEAN them with hairsparay? not with brakecleaner or something. I just got told by my buddy the hairspray trick. But that wasnt to clean them with. I did clean the stock ones pretty good when I had them out. I am gonna have to stick with the stock ones for a bit longer cause of finances, but definate upgrade is due. Apparently something held the tubes in before, cause they were hard to break loose from the boots.

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Use brake cleaner to clean them real good then when you finally feel they are clean, clean them once more with rubbing alcohol. Then spray the inside of the boots with hairspray and put it all together and clamp it. Don't drive it until the hairspray has time to dry. Make sure to clean the inside of the boots and the outside of the intercooler fittings and intake Y. It will work, I was running up to 40psi+ and did not blow a boot after I did this.

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The hairspray will act as glue and help keep them from blowing off.

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So CLEAN them with hairsparay? not with brakecleaner or something. I just got told by my buddy the hairspray trick. But that wasnt to clean them with. I did clean the stock ones pretty good when I had them out. I am gonna have to stick with the stock ones for a bit longer cause of finances, but definate upgrade is due. Apparently something held the tubes in before, cause they were hard to break loose from the boots.
Do what has been said above. When you replace the boots, get a good replacement band clamp. The ones I bought are a bit wider and hold quite a bit better.

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I have used brake cleaner every time I cleaned them and then used denatured alcohol and then used rubbing alcohol. They have not broken down at all, holding 50+psi of boost without any failures for the last 6 months and 40Psi for a year before that and another 5 years of 30+psi of boost. I still use the stock boots at the intercooler tanks.

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