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post #1 of 17 Old 10-17-2016, 03:51 AM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone.Ok,this might be a stupid question but hear me out.I've been looking over the bike as we do,and i have decided I don't really like the rubber boots on the front forks.so my question is simple,are they necessary? I have read elsewhere that if the seals are good quality underneath the boot there isn't much benefit in having them if your willing to clean the forks off after riding?
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Hi everyone.Ok,this might be a stupid question but hear me out.I've been looking over the bike as we do,and i have decided I don't really like the rubber boots on the front forks.so my question is simple,are they necessary? I have read elsewhere that if the seals are good quality underneath the boot there isn't much benefit in having them if your willing to clean the forks off after riding?
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Not really needed on it, can just cut em off n ya good to go




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I thought that was the case.they must have included them for the blacking out I guess?
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yes they are there for blacking out the chrome on the fork. i like that they make the forks appear to have bigger diameter so I leave them on

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Tomatoe Tomato... Aesthetics over performance, just like the rack and pinion covers for your inner tie rods, if it is perfectly sealed hydraulically, will it not leak, of course (fluid dynamics) will it look cool maybe, but it serves a purpose, keeping out micro dust, dirt, and debris from getting past those said seals and causing mayhem on your forks. Of course even with the covers on things happen, but that's why you are to take the preventative maintenance steps to help that from happening... I say leave them on, and keep them clean and don't use any special type of oil based shiner/conditioning product, rubber and oil do not mix at all... It will deteriorate, expand, swell, and crack.

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Yeah,your probably right but I just hate all the plastic and rubber on this bike.is there anyone who has removed them out there?
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Yeah,your probably right but I just hate all the plastic and rubber on this bike.is there anyone who has removed them out there?


Yep i removed mine.. my housemates 2 bikes dont have gators from factory and he said he hasnt had any dramas.


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That is what I was imagining,looks a lot cleaner.what size bars did you add and did you have to change cables?
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That is what I was imagining,looks a lot cleaner.what size bars did you add and did you have to change cables?

Used 8" mini apes, didnt have to change cables. I had to extend wires ( i put wiring inside bar). Am going to be changing them to 12" apes soon ( put forward controls on and think it will be more comfy) and will have to extend the cable then but you can buy a cable kit for $165



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Looks mean and clean,thanks for the info man.I'm pretty sure mine are about to come off along with the fairing.ive been thinking about different bars but don't know if i could make it as clean as yours.so not sure if i should bother.hmmm,decisions decisions
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