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Fork Gaiters

Post by Wobbly » Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:44 pm

The quote below came from another thread in response to a photo of my 1979 RT/RS. I thought it justified it's own topic thread....
Zombie Master wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:15 am
Wobbly needs some fork gaiters stat.
Although I worked at a BMW shop in the early 70's, I'm far from being a qualified BMW mechanic. And the missing 40+ intervening years now leaves me un-versed in all the upgrade paths you can make by combining parts from different model years to get optimal performance.

Would you care to expound on your statement ?
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Re: Fork Gaiters

Post by Zombie Master » Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:36 am

Wobbly wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:44 pm
The quote below came from another thread in response to a photo of my 1979 RT/RS. I thought it justified it's own topic thread....
Zombie Master wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:15 am
Wobbly needs some fork gaiters stat.
Although I worked at a BMW shop in the early 70's, I'm far from being a qualified BMW mechanic. And the missing 40+ intervening years now leaves me un-versed in all the upgrade paths you can make by combining parts from different model years to get optimal performance.

Would you care to expound on your statement ?
The picture you posted of an RS has no fork tube protection. It's like walking around with you zipper open whilst wearing no underwear.
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Re: Fork Gaiters

Post by SteveD » Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:18 am

It's all about protecting the fork chrome from rock chips and road damage. That in turn protects the fork seals.
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Re: Fork Gaiters

Post by Steve in Golden » Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:42 pm

I think Wobbly is aware that he should have them. But wants more info on how / where to get them.

So now I'm curious. If the gaiters are missing, do the forks have to come apart to install them?

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Re: Fork Gaiters

Post by Rob » Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:23 pm

Steve in Golden wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:42 pm
So now I'm curious. If the gaiters are missing, do the forks have to come apart to install them?
Yep.

Someone used to make fabric gaiters that had a strip of velcro along their length, that allowed you to put them on easily. And apparently they still do.
https://www.google.com/search?q=cloth+v ... e&ie=UTF-8

I would rather have rubber gaiters, myself.

Here is Duane telling me that I need to pull my gaiters down as far as possible on the slider, to keep the gaiter from stealing some of my fork travel.

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Re: Fork Gaiters

Post by jagarra » Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:26 pm

Here are some 13 ribbers https://www.ebay.com/itm/BMW-FORK-GAITE ... o1&vxp=mtr

When you get the gaiters, make sure that the air hole that allows air into them is clear and not blocked (located on the top where the pin comes in from the triple clamp) , if not they crunch up when compressed and stay that way.
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Re: Fork Gaiters

Post by Zombie Master » Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:54 pm

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Re: Fork Gaiters

Post by Zombie Master » Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:59 pm

Steve in Golden wrote:
Wed Dec 13, 2017 3:42 pm
I think Wobbly is aware that he should have them. But wants more info on how / where to get them.

So now I'm curious. If the gaiters are missing, do the forks have to come apart to install them?


No. You just pull them out of the triple trees and slide the new gaiters on. I bought a spare pair, but the originals are holding up fine with bi- yearly UV protectant application. But they are only 33 years old now. :geek:
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Re: Fork Gaiters

Post by richard t » Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:06 pm

the 13 rib was used on the /6 maybe 7s and older, the 11 rib on later the 11 rib are cheaper. maxs bmw, capital cycle and other like Tom Cutter sell them or can get them

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Re: Fork Gaiters

Post by ME 109 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:28 pm

11 rib for the 81-4 as the casting on the slider for the reflector prevents pulling the gaiter down past the top of the slider.

And 10 mm travel at the most is lost to having 11 rib gaiters, and on an RS the front fender contacts the fairing before that 10mm comes into play.
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