Author Topic: gaitors or no gaitors?  (Read 233 times)

Offline zipster68

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gaitors or no gaitors?
« on: August 27, 2019, 02:48:24 PM »
gaitors or no gaitors?
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Offline Filmcamera

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Re: gaitors or no gaitors?
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2019, 02:59:25 PM »
Lots of dust and crap on the roads where I live so gaitors every time for me.
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Offline johnny

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Re: gaitors or no gaitors?
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2019, 03:16:56 PM »
greetings...

my vote is neither...

i have had to replace many seals before i started replacing the bushings when i did the seals... now the motos with new bushings never gotts seals again... i do run traxxion dynamics and do use a homemade sealmate and flush and change my suspension fluid often...

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Offline Martin

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Re: gaitors or no gaitors?
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2019, 03:26:12 PM »
I pack heavy silicone grease between the seal and dust cover and change the grease every 1-2 years depending on how much dust is encountered.
When changing the grease I also do a run around with a home made seal mate. I last changed the seals probably twenty years ago. However if I rode a lot of dusty or gravel roads I'd definitely be running gaiters as well.
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Offline stokester

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Re: gaitors or no gaitors?
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2019, 05:20:32 PM »
greetings...

my vote is neither...

i have had to replace many seals before i started replacing the bushings when i did the seals... now the motos with new bushings never gotts seals again... i do run traxxion dynamics and do use a homemade sealmate and flush and change my suspension fluid often...

traxxion 100% positive...

j o
I'll have to try the Traxxion fork guard; always used some 35mm film negatives to clean the seals.
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Offline rbm

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Re: gaitors or no gaitors?
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2019, 05:20:58 PM »
Gaitors can add a retro look to the bike, which is nice in some cases.
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Offline Scott_

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Re: gaitors or no gaitors?
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2019, 06:09:03 PM »
Gaitors for me, both bikes. Lots of bugs..
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Offline Laitch

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Re: gaitors or no gaitors?
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2019, 06:40:14 PM »
I installed gaiters on mine, too. I ride at least a hundred miles on gravel roads per week.
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Re: gaitors or no gaitors?
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2019, 01:17:51 AM »
Gaiters.  The less shiny stuff the better.
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Offline The Mighty Gryphon

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Re: gaitors or no gaitors?
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2019, 11:01:55 AM »
Gaiters.  The less shiny stuff the better.

My sentiments exactly.

And they keep the crap out of the seals.  Only thing is that  I need to remove the dust seals to put them on because of the tight clearance between the brace and the lower fork tube.
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Offline ScooterNSticks

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Re: gaitors or no gaitors?
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2019, 09:44:10 PM »
Gaiters.  The less shiny stuff the better.

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