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Now the other boot zip has broken!

My 4-year old Alpinstars finally gave up last October and I had to replace one of the zips.

This time the other (right) one snapped in the same place.

Although the repair I carried out is fine and standing up to abuse well, I find the puller a little small as the force required to zip up motorcycle boots is fairly substantial (well, more than other zip that one has about one’s clothing…)

Many years ago, I was a corporate person (company car, fuel card, healthcare,     … pension…) and in the 80s we were big on time management and all had those fancy leather folders that contained a fraction of what my iPhone contains. I still have the leather folder and it has a rather nice leather puller:

motorcycle boot zip repair

These boots are good for another few years (watch this space)

How to change Mercedes SLK Boot Lid Gas Struts

I was dreading this job. I’ve owned the SLK for 5 years now and over that time the gas struts have degraded to such an extent that the boot lid would slam shut from fully open if you let go of it (and it’s heavy…)

I searched the various MB owners forums and found loads of posts saying how difficult it was and that it was a two man job (one to hold the boot lid open and force it up to relieve the tension on the strut, while the other removes and replaces said strut).

So here’s the low-down.

Firstly, move the car so that you don’t get wet (it was raining)

Next, tie boot lid to garage door using a bungie strap (now it’s a one man job!)

Mercedes SLK Gas Strut Replacement

Make sure that the Boot Lid can't fall down when you remove the strut...

The struts are fixed to a ball joint (top and bottom) and held on by a spring clip.

Mercedes SLK Gas Strut Replacement

Original (OEM) Top Fixing


Mercedes SLK Gas Strut Replacement

Original (OEM) Bottom Fixing

Gently slide a screwdriver blade into the spring clip and pull the strut away.

Same with the bottom fixing.

Mercedes SLK Gas Strut Replacement

It's easy with a screwdriver...

Take one new strut and offer up to the two ball joints

Hey! They match (thank God for that…)

Mercedes SLK Gas Strut Replacement

Line up the new strut

Slightly different design but the same principle. Lever spring clip with screwdriver and drop onto ball joint.

Snap into place.

Mercedes SLK Gas Strut Replacement

New strut fitted

Bin the old parts.

Mercedes SLK Gas Strut Replacement

Mercedes SLK Gas Strut Retirement Home

The whole job (including moving the car) took me less than 10 minutes.

Eat your hearts out MB Forum members!

Repairing a Broken Zip

After 3 1/2 years and about 30k miles, my trusty Alpinestars SMX-4WP boots have suffered a broken zip! These boots have been brilliant – they are the Gore-Tex version (hence the “WP”) and haven’t leaked a drop in all that time.

Luckily, the broken part was the zip puller and so a simple fix with a large paperclip got me home from work that night.

I had seen those repair kits for zips that basically provide a plastic clip that goes over the paperclip but couldn’t find one anywhere.

Trying eBay (as you do), I came across this rather neat little gadget from Minerva Crafts & Fabrics

£1.99 plus 99p postage

Job done!