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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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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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August 15, 2017 - 10:18 pm
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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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August 15, 2017 - 11:32 pm
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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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August 16, 2017 - 6:55 pm
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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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