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post #1 of 32 Old 03-10-2010, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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Fork Gaiters?

I'm looking to do something different with my front end. While I have the forks torn down it's a good time to add things.

Is there any reason NOT to use fork gaiters on my 919? Aside from the possibility of looking ridiculous. I'm not 100% on the idea yet. But for $30 they should at least protect the fork uppers from damage.

Our forks are 43mm right?

Is anyone willing to Photoshop me a 919 front end with gaiters before I drop the cash?


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post #2 of 32 Old 03-10-2010, 08:53 AM
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They tend to trap dirt and grit and then hold it so it grinds on the stanchion.

Some sort of 1/2 shield like on a current dirt bike wold be a better idea if you're trying to stop stone chips and that kind of damage.

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I been using these for years with no damage to the fork tubes. Tight at the lower end and loose at the upper.

NOJ Fork Guards: Neoprene with a velcro fastner from behind.

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A number of companies make products like the NOJ fork guards that Doc has, but the velcro would make those the easiest to install. For less than $20 you can't go wrong.

I have Seal Savers on my dirt bike and they work great, but you have to remove the fork tubes and slide them down the tube and secure with zip-ties.
The entire bike can be covered in mud and the fork tubes are spotless.

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Tight at the lower end and loose at the upper.
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I clean my tubes before every ride.
But as a buddy said, I'm a fiendish lunatic but my seals will surely last forever even without gaiters.

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I clean my tubes before every ride.
But as a buddy said, I'm a fiendish lunatic but my seals will surely last forever even without gaiters.
I agree here. Keep them clean and the seals will last a long time.

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My forks are in the shop, so i have a favor to ask.

Can someone take a few measurements for me? None of them need to be exact, just a rough tape measure job. I need:

1. The distance from the top of the fork lower to the bottom of the triple clamp while the bike is at rest. I.E. On a center stand or side stand ect.

2. The outer diameter of the top of the fork lower. (the spot where the stock guard attaches.)

3. Our fork tubes are 43mm correct?

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Ahahahaa! Hey, that doesn't look too bad!

It is a little odd. I usually associate fork gaiters with older 70's bikes. But, it doesn't look too bad. Would I be a retro poser if i rocked it?

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Thanks for the photoshop UJM.

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Ahahahaa! Hey, that doesn't look too bad!

It is a little odd. I usually associate fork gaiters with older 70's bikes. But, it doesn't look too bad. Would I be a retro poser if i rocked it?

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Thanks for the photoshop UJM.
I'm all for anyone doing whatever they want to their motorcycle. Try it, you can always change it if you decide you do not like it.

And you're welcome, anytime, I like to photochop!
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Hate to bring back such an old thread but I am also interested in adding fork gaiters to my bike. Has anyone done this? Does anyone have a live picture?

I know there is a photoshopped version further up on this therad.

Sounds like there would be no downside in adding them.

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That looks badass

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I'm all for anyone doing whatever they want to their motorcycle. Try it, you can always change it if you decide you do not like it.

And you're welcome, anytime, I like to photochop!
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Ordered some fork gaiters on Amazon... so we'll see how this goes.

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I'll let you know once I figure out if they fit or not. But I got the Rancho RS1952 boots.

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Post a picture once you have them installed.

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Well, after 7 dollars let's see how these turn out. Won't be able to put them on until next weekend though... bummer.

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Well, after 7 dollars let's see how these turn out. Won't be able to put them on until next weekend though... bummer.
How long are those?
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They are way longer than the need to be. But they collapse to about 3 inches.

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They are way longer than the need to be. But they collapse to about 3 inches.
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They are way longer than the need to be. But they collapse to about 3 inches.
Back to serious though, they may need to be cut down a size
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Painted the forks, sprayed the lower triple, added the gaiters. Had to cut about 2 inches off of those gaiters.
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That actually looks sweet. I just might have to do that myself.

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Thanks! I like it a lot more than I would thought.

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Ha, thanks for the help!

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Painted the forks, sprayed the lower triple, added the gaiters. Had to cut about 2 inches off of those gaiters.
Welcome, it looks so mean now!
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For anyone wondering Clorox has informed me that the "Rancho RS1952 shock boot" is what you need for the 919 forks. I'm buying a pair for my 600f3 cafe project.
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