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Question Keeping forks clean to save seals- use fork covers?

I read an article a short time ago about keeping the fork slider tubes clean of dirt and bugs, and polished/waxed to prevent wearing of the dust and oil seals.

I have a picture of my uncle taken in 1995, sitting on his 1985 vn750. His bike has those black plastic (or rubber?) bellows type covers on the fork tubes. I do not recall ever seeing any pictures here with these covers on a Vulcan.

Do any of you use them?
Is there any real advantage to them, over just cleaning the fork tubes off well after a buggy or wet/muddy ride?

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Good question. most seals err.. ah Seal enough and are failry stiff rubber that most buggs etc shouldnt pose to much an issue. I think age would be the biggest problem, and non use. When the bike is used the oil in the forks is on the surface the seals slide on making it slippery and easy to slide, long porids of non use would dry the forks. Just like windshiled blades on a dry windshield.

BUT it would stand to reason keeping them clean should prolong life, hardly any mechanical part it sint true for. Bug guts can get pretty hard when dried. Anything tht makes the seal stretch farther then normal would be bad. And anything that gets past the seal and gets under it currupts.. be it a spec of mud with sand mixed in or bug guts.

Then you get to the "but would they look ok" thing.. Personally I'm not sure about the look over life expectation. Personlay if its all about long life I cant see they wouldnt help, but are we talking years or hours.. I think it would really depend on the driving you do.. dusty gravel, or dusty climates etc..

Interetsting thought, thats for sure. maybe somthing like the pipe covers.. some half tubes of crome in front of your forks, fork tube "fenders"? maybe you just came up with the next customizing option with the added benafit of protecting your fork seals... hmmm I helped! when you make your first million, cut me in on some
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I read an article a short time ago about keeping the fork slider tubes clean of dirt and bugs, and polished/waxed to prevent wearing of the dust and oil seals.

I have a picture of my uncle taken in 1995, sitting on his 1985 vn750. His bike has those black plastic (or rubber?) bellows type covers on the fork tubes. I do not recall ever seeing any pictures here with these covers on a Vulcan.

Do any of you use them?
Is there any real advantage to them, over just cleaning the fork tubes off well after a buggy or wet/muddy ride?
I don't see that big of an advantage but have toyed with the Idea since i got my Vn just because I like the look.




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Many of us mountain bikers cut the shock boots OFF the front fork. Sooner or later, water and grit get inside the boots. Then the boots are your worst enemy, holding the nasties against your fork tubes. In practice, we had to clean out fork boots at least as often as wiping grit off naked forks. It's also easier to wipe a fork tube than clean out a corrugated rubber boot.

Your mileage may vary...
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