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    front fork gaiters

    hi- i have a couple of front fork gaiters that need replacing. any recommendations (specifically what make model...i am looking for black)? i see a large price range on ebay. any big difference? thanks.
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    The ones on Ebay are about a fifth of the Yamaha part. The important part is what diameter fork leg they are for...it should say in the ad.
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    You can also have a look at the neoprene gaiters made by Acebris or SealSavers.
    NEOPRENE FORK GAITERS ACCESSORIES | Acerbis
    https://www.sealsavers.com/shop/long...34grn-ssl134s/
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    Be carefull of neoprene gaitors. They need to be cleaned after every dirty ride. Years ago in the mountainbike industry, these were the hot new item. Every bike I worked on with these things on the forks, had severe stanction tube wear, due to the tight neoprene, firmly pressing in dirt against the tubes as they moved. Mostly due to the fact that the manufacturers never mentioned to clean them every dirty ride, so people put them on and forget it.

    So in my experiance...Nah.
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    +1 on avoiding the neoprene gaiters for the stated reasons.
    In my experience the Daystar boots for the 33MM TW forks last years longer than the significantly more expensive Yamaha OEM boots. Plus the Daystars often come with free shipping unlike those from Yamaha part houses.
    The fit is not as good as the OEM boots, but good enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BUMBLESPECIMOODA View Post
    Be carefull of neoprene gaitors. They need to be cleaned after every dirty ride. Years ago in the mountainbike industry, these were the hot new item. Every bike I worked on with these things on the forks, had severe stanction tube wear, due to the tight neoprene, firmly pressing in dirt against the tubes as they moved. Mostly due to the fact that the manufacturers never mentioned to clean them every dirty ride, so people put them on and forget it.

    So in my experiance...Nah.
    You are right about cleaning them after a dirty ride, but I doubt they will wear the fork tube out.
    I have neoprene gaiters with zipper at my VStrom,that has fork tubes from butter compared to most bikes(easy to rust and scar), and neither me nor any VStrom rider I have met has any type of wear at the fork tubes,not even from the zipper.
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    thank you for your info!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyTFS View Post
    The ones on Ebay are about a fifth of the Yamaha part. The important part is what diameter fork leg they are for...it should say in the ad.
    thank you for your info!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BUMBLESPECIMOODA View Post
    Be carefull of neoprene gaitors. They need to be cleaned after every dirty ride. Years ago in the mountainbike industry, these were the hot new item. Every bike I worked on with these things on the forks, had severe stanction tube wear, due to the tight neoprene, firmly pressing in dirt against the tubes as they moved. Mostly due to the fact that the manufacturers never mentioned to clean them every dirty ride, so people put them on and forget it.

    So in my experiance...Nah.
    thank you for your info!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyTFS View Post
    The ones on Ebay are about a fifth of the Yamaha part. The important part is what diameter fork leg they are for...it should say in the ad.
    thank you for the info!
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