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D1/D3/D5 fork gaiters any tips for getting them on
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Has anyone had the same problem as me with these little tinkers, I have ruined two pairs trying to stretch the rubber over the seal holder at the bottom of the forks, where is the best place to get good quality rubber gaiters from. Hope there is someone with a good idea to fit these. Reg. 

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hi  find something   the  same size  as  the  leg   befor  fiting   dip  them in  cup   of  hot  water  and  fit  them  to  that  first       let   the  rubbers  cooll  then  fit  to  the  legs  with  the  help  of  some   grease   

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sunny said
hi  find something   the  same size  as  the  leg   befor  fiting   dip  them in  cup   of  hot  water  and  fit  them  to  that  first       let   the  rubbers  cooll  then  fit  to  the  legs  with  the  help  of  some   grease     

Yes, I also did it in a warm environment and used some silicone grease, plus some thin plastic strips to guide the rubber over the edge of the seal holder.

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Hi and thanks for the tips will try them out with next set of gaiters

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D3 fork gaiters any tips for getting them on I have tried warming them in hot water / using heat / and they just split, dose any one have any tip's to help me out getting them on please ???

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I may be wrong here, but there seems to be at least two sorts of rubber used.

The ordinary greyish type which generally means modern copies, just push straight on, I find.

The shiny hard plastic type finished ones are much harder to do anything with, although they do look so much better when on.

I bought new ones and couldn't make my mind up, PO told me that there were some good old ones already with the other parts, a few minutes on each one had them refitted, they're stiffer than the new grey rubbery ones, but they look much better, I'm sure.

No heat, no hot water, just pushed on by hand, but I do have a strong grip, I'm told....they'd been worn in though of course.

Four now on the road and at least several in bits.

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I will keep trying, thanks guy's I appreciate the help.

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Night mare! i split two.

 

I heated them up in warm water in the end. 

 

Good luck

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Well finally got some decent gaiters and got them fitted, after buying several sets from e-bay and they all had a seam and all split on me. I decided to try and get a decent set, I was getting some bits from Bantam John and decided to try his, they duly arrived and on inspection they were much better quality rubber than the ones I had seen, and not a seam in sight. after the hot water treatment and a stretch on a cone they fitted quite easily, so now job done and lessons learned. Good luck with yours when you decide to replace them. Reg. 

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Yes this all seem abit like rubber fetishist's united, so I will ad my twopennith also,

I ended up with the shinny plasticy  ones from ebay and struggled. I ended up using a lot a vasaline and got the mothers on without splitting. I was just glad the wife didn't see me struggling.

 

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I have found also that there are 2 sorts or gaiters, ones with a visible seam and the shiny ones without the seam, the ones without are far better quality and look better.

To fit I used a scraper from the £1 shop, the ones with red plastic tops (you get about five for a quid, they are made from poor spring steel)

take a 2.1/2" - 3" one and cut 6 x 1/2" strips (they cut with scissors) smooth any burrs and the sharp corners

with pliers form a vee about 120 degrees in the top of all the strips, grease the inside of the gaiter, then push all 6 strips Vee's inside the gaiter on the fork leg about 3/4" the remainder of the strip will sit over the oil seal holder, you then have a cone of strips to slide the gaiter over

Get the wife's hair drier and warm gaiter for a good few minutes, when warm push the gaiter up the cone until it is about 1/4" over the fork seal holder all the way round. Then with pliers pull out the strips one at once, then continue to push gaiter further to required place. 

It worked great for me no splitting the rubber

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This is a 3 yrs old thread but never mind .. laugh

I tried the rubbery ones (with seams), hopeless, soaked in hot water, did nuthin'; had them stretched over 39mm dia. plastic Nalgene bottles to "train" them for 2 weeks, utter waste of time, when removed they went straight back to original diameter as tho nothing had happened.

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Note, various sizes, dim.s req.d (closest match) are 27 dia x 35 dia x 120mm long:

27mm at bottom, can reduce to 25mm (1 inch) with a cable tie, I left them slightly loose to allow for movement of the fork sliders beyond how far the gaiters can stretch / compress. 35mm at top, but will stretch over the seal holders (39mm) without too much of a fight. Again I secured those ends with cable ties, just in case they might want to split, but I'm just guessing.

EDIT (appendix) just my own alternative opinion / findings laugh

Appendix 2 (edit) I agree the plastic ones are nicer, my D3 had those, they were no bother.

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It's in the FAQs, so expect it not to be recent. Thanks, Larry, interesting use for those rubbishy little spreaders from poundland. They're pretty much one use as far as my experience goes. 

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Here's an easy way I found to get these on.

Lube the tube.Push them up, and of course the end will stop when it hits the top nut. Keep pushing up from the middle and they will start folding over, going inside out as it were. The top will be left behind, still stuck.

Once you've pushed up a couple of inches inside out, grab the folded ends and pull. This will pull the actual top over the end nut. A lot easier than pushing.

Slide back down and it will turn the inside out bit back to normal, but they will be on properly.

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