Fork Dust Covers

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Does anyone have a source for the rubber fork dust covers? I'm on my third pair in just short of two years. Each time they crack and split at the top, so I'm looking for a pair that will not do this (if that is in fact possible). I assume any Norton genuine items are way past their shelf date, but I've having no luck with pattern replacements....
 
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Get the Genuine gaitors, they will not be old stock as they have been making them regular for years, I last changed mine 20 odd years ago and they are still going well. Genuine ones seem to be more plastic than rubber and should come in clear plastic bag with a white cardboard card with the Green Globe on it plus wording refering to Genuine spare or similar.
 
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I recently rebuilt my 850 forks and thought about installing the taller European fork gaiters instead of the short USA gaiters. I bought the genuine Andover Norton tall gaiters, but just could not figure out how to install them. In particular the issue was fitting the gaiters over the fork sliders. The inside diameter of the gaiters was nearly 1/2" smaller than the outside diameter of the sliders! I could not figure out how to make that math work, and ended up putting another pair of short gaiters on.

Ken
 
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Thanks for the replies, however I was not referring to the accordian type fork gaters, but rather the rubber cover that goes on top of the fork slider that seals out dust. These rubber covers taper down from the slider diameter, to where they meet the staunchion, and these tend to crack at the thinest point at the very top where they meet the staunchion. Perhaps gaters are a better solution, but I prefer the look of the forks without the gaters, and in a fairly dry So Cal climate (actually, over-dry at the moment) gaters are less necessary than in wetter climates.
 
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kenward1000 said:
I bought the genuine Andover Norton tall gaiters, but just could not figure out how to install them. In particular the issue was fitting the gaiters over the fork sliders.

You warm the bottom of the gaiters with a heat gun. Then they can be stretched over the sliders fairly easily.

I prefer to use the long gaiters as they protect the stanchions from rocks and bugs. Seals and stanchions last longer. I prefer the look, too. 8)

Debby
 
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