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Old 05-17-2013, 08:21 AM   #1
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Preventing Dry Rot - front and Rear Drive Shaft Boots

Currently having my 60K service done and am replacing both the front and rear drive shaft rubber boots on my '05 R1200GS due to tears and dry rot.

Just curious if there are any common remedies/applications for protecting and preserving these and other rubber on the bike that can helping prevent the dry rot?

Bike is typically parked under an open carport, not garaged, so there is some exposure to elements, plus I ride dirt/gravel/water crossings every chance I get.
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:34 AM   #2
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Ive not used this on drive boots or seals yet, but I have on other outdoor rubber things and its pretty good. Can anyone think of a reason this might be detrimental?
http://www.303products.com/303r-aero...6d3c3bd06b628f
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:12 AM   #3
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The 303 product that you recommend contains mineral spirits as a carrier according to the manufacturer's website.

You decide if it safe on your FD rubber boots.
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Old 05-17-2013, 09:42 AM   #4
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Food grade silicone is always good on rubber, but will attract more dirt than untreated rubber.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:13 AM   #5
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Xlyene and Wintergreen

This more a restoration formula than a prevention formula. Sounds funky but I have heard this more than once. Have not tried it.

30% wintergreen oil (methyl salicylate) and 70% xylene

http://www.kawasakimotorcycle.org/fo.../t-144017.html

http://forums.sohc4.net/index.php?topic=76103.0
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:41 PM   #6
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We've been using the 303 aerospace protectant for over 10 years on our vehicles at work with no ill effect. The plastics and rubber bits on our 91 Toyota pickup with 350k on it still look better than most vehicles with only 50k on it. I use it on my Gs, and my coworker has used it on his 2005 1200gs with 60k on it. His bike is immaculate and the boots are still supple and new looking. It also makes cleaning the dirt/grime off easier after it has been applied.
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:55 PM   #7
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Ive not used this on drive boots or seals yet, but I have on other outdoor rubber things and its pretty good. Can anyone think of a reason this might be detrimental?
http://www.303products.com/303r-aero...6d3c3bd06b628f
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Old 05-17-2013, 08:22 PM   #8
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I have to install some of them on a GS soon. They'll get what I always used to protect rubber. Rubber grease!!! Google Redrubbergrease.com for specs and usage. Good luck finding that in N/A...I got mine from the UK. But 500 Ml for less than $20.00 on fleabay. Will last me another 20 years if I stop gifting it away.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:21 AM   #9
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I think it's actually ozone that is more detrimental to the boots than uv. This information came directly from an Ozone Ranger.

I'd feel pretty good if I got 60K out of boots these days. They just don't make things like they used to...
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:17 AM   #10
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Which parts do you apply the 303?

I just bought some. And I read the back. It says for best results apply once every 3-5 weeks.

Wtf.

That is like saying for the flea poison to be most effective, spray directly in to the fleas eyes.
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Old 05-18-2013, 10:28 AM   #11
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ArmorAll is a decent UV protector and is safe for rubber and vinyl.

Don't ever, ever, ever put it on your motorcycle seat. The stuff will make the seat look great, but if you get out in the rain, you will have a hard time staying on the bike. The stuff is water soluble! Which means you will have to reapply after every water encounter.

Thinking about it, it only makes sense to use the stuff for things that don't ever get wet, like tires you are storing for next year. Forget I said anything!
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ArmorAll is a decent UV protector and is safe for rubber and vinyl.

Don't ever, ever, ever put it on your motorcycle seat. The stuff will make the seat look great, but if you get out in the rain, you will have a hard time staying on the bike. The stuff is water soluble! Which means you will have to reapply after every water encounter.

Thinking about it, it only makes sense to use the stuff for things that don't ever get wet, like tires you are storing for next year. Forget I said anything!
Every car dash board I put Armour All on cracked. Example: 1970 Chevelle: Perfect dash that was original and had never seen the inside of a garage. I used Armour All and the dash cracked within a few weeks.
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Every car dash board I put Armour All on cracked. Example: 1970 Chevelle: Perfect dash that was original and had never seen the inside of a garage. I used Armour All and the dash cracked within a few weeks.
thats not what it said the TV. How could that be?
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thats not what it said the TV. How could that be?
Ever been approached by someone selling waterfront property in New Mexico?
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Wait. There's water in New Mexico?
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