This was the most difficult boot ever, I've had a few that I had to extend (flatten) the crimp section to get it to close. This still would not go and I have another one that I still need to swap. For some reason, the new GKN CV joint with boot did not have this issue when I installed in on my oldest son's sedan.Thank you for posting this alternate process! I hate having to fight with the clamp also! I will have to try this the next time I am changing a CV boot.