Fork Boots / Gators


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Nickel1
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Fork Boots / Gators

Post by Nickel1 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:59 pm



I am looking to put some fork boots on my Café GL1000, anyone have any links to the correct size boot?

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Re: Fork Boots / Gators

Post by Placerville » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:15 pm

I believe they are 39mm. Kijima is one manufacturer and sell for about $35 a pair. Also, Jammer Cycle makes a pair that do not require you to take your bike apart to put them on...they sell for about $80 a pair.
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Re: Fork Boots / Gators

Post by Fred Camper » Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:46 pm

If you take the fork off with the fender and wheel attached, and just remove the speedo and brake cables it is not a bad job to drop it out from the tripple tree if you have a lifting mechanism. But for the difference in price, you would be paying yourself very little. Of course wrenching is our sport, and we pay for that.

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Re: Fork Boots / Gators

Post by spookytooth » Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:27 pm

Fred Camper wrote:If you take the fork off with the fender and wheel attached, and just remove the speedo and brake cables it is not a bad job to drop it out from the tripple tree if you have a lifting mechanism. But for the difference in price, you would be paying yourself very little. Of course wrenching is our sport, and we pay for that.
I hadn't thought of that. Nice. Although... I'd probably unbolt the calipers rather than have to bleed the brakes..

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Re: Fork Boots / Gators

Post by Fred Camper » Thu Apr 24, 2014 5:42 pm

If you have the brake splitter in the middle of the fork, then bleeding is harder and removing the calipers does not help.

If you have no splitter, then either option works but bleeding is very easy without the splitter so no labor saving either way.



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