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Old 03-15-2013, 05:54 AM   #721
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they dont call them the low countries for nothing:


I've been using the neoprene socks on mine and it's way easier to clean the forks after a sand/dirt nap than it was with the gaiters. Damn I love the way gaiters look, but I hate changing fork seals more.
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:11 AM   #722
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The neoprene socks seal better in theory, but I'm bugged by the fact that they are in contact with the fork legs. When (not if) sand or dirt gets lodged inside the socks it's effectively sanding the chrome off your fork legs with every movement of the suspension. I have no first hand experience with them, but have avoided them due to accounts of chrome getting taken off by them.
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:16 AM   #723
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I wonder if I can put gaiters on a USD fork?
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:30 AM   #724
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I wonder if I can put gaiters on a USD fork?
I've wondered that myself. Try it. My gut says no as some have VERY little clearance to the brake rotor. It's worth taking a look at though.
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:57 AM   #725
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I prefer neoprene myself, but am going to try the boots.

On my old GS I would just lift up the boots and hose out the inside.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:34 AM   #726
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I've wondered that myself. Try it. My gut says no as some have VERY little clearance to the brake rotor. It's worth taking a look at though.
you can always put them on the top half and pretend to have WP50s

For neoprenes: I would agree with comments on grit getting rubbed into the stanchions + I think they make the forks look thin and spindly rather than chunky (which you get from both USDs and gaiters).
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:58 AM   #727
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not fiddies, but respect the gaiters

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Old 03-15-2013, 09:21 AM   #728
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The duct tape brake hose "mounts" definitely earn style points.
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:25 AM   #729
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The duct tape brake hose "mounts" definitely earn style points.
+1

sweet tank too
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:52 AM   #731
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The neoprene socks seal better in theory, but I'm bugged by the fact that they are in contact with the fork legs. When (not if) sand or dirt gets lodged inside the socks it's effectively sanding the chrome off your fork legs with every movement of the suspension. I have no first hand experience with them, but have avoided them due to accounts of chrome getting taken off by them.
I've run them for 2 years, never had that problem.
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:21 PM   #732
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I've run them for 2 years, never had that problem.
I get what AW says about neoprene boots removing chrome, but the beauty is how easy they are to remove and clean. Gotta be consistent with it, though.
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:28 PM   #733
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I get what AW says about neoprene boots removing chrome, but the beauty is how easy they are to remove and clean. Gotta be consistent with it, though.
And it probably applies much more to USD forks than anything else, is that your experience, AW? Or have you heard this from... RSU?... forks as well?
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Old 03-15-2013, 12:48 PM   #734
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The neoprene socks seal better in theory, but I'm bugged by the fact that they are in contact with the fork legs. When (not if) sand or dirt gets lodged inside the socks it's effectively sanding the chrome off your fork legs with every movement of the suspension. I have no first hand experience with them, but have avoided them due to accounts of chrome getting taken off by them.
+1
I used socks on my trialbike and the socks collected a lot of dirt. Friction was altso present.
My suspensiontuner advices people to remove them.
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:22 PM   #735
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I've run them for 2 years, never had that problem.
I'd guess it'd be more of a problem in drier, dustier climates.
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