I'm installing some new SKF aftermarket ball joints on my Civic. The ball joints have some excess bit of the protective boot protuding from behind the clamp spring that holds the boot in place:

SFK balljoint prior to installation

As can be seen in the picture, this excess sticks out wider then the body of the ball joint itself. Thus, when pressing the balljoint in, this bit gets cut off. Here's a picture after installation:

SFK balljoint post installation

The excess bit is cut off clean with the ball joint body. My gut feeling is this is normal and does no harm. I don't see how this could be done any other way, there's simply not enough room in the bore for this bit to make it trough and it is behind the clamp ring, but I'm new to this and still learning so if anyone could confirm or refute?


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