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post #1 of 3 Old 01-12-2016, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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After installing my Eagle Mike's fork brace, I found the holes in the fork protectors would allow dirt, and water in directly on the sliders. Not good in my book!
I know I should clean them every so often, and I do, but I lifted them for first time in 15,000 miles to put the brace on, and they were spotless. I didn't think it was a good idea to expose the sliders with open holes.
Here's my fix FWIW.
I bought some velcro from Amazon.com



I cut 12" long strips, and wrapped my boots closing off the holes. The velcro can be removed easy, and this order came with 5' of Velcro. I still can do both forks at least once more before having to get more. Total cost just under $7.00 (Cheap protection)

The parts:


Shiny side looks good on the bike:


Seat the Velcro down on lip:


Wrap with overlap towards back:


The finished wrap:


Looks Good:

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1990 Honda NX250 (Green/White)
2011 Kawasaki KLR 650 (Orange & White )

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post #2 of 3 Old 01-12-2016, 07:48 PM
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Larry31,
Airborne talcum type dust is not a problem at all for the dust wipers and oil seals underneath them. The fork gaiters need breather holes to be able to stay attached to the fork leg or brace. (I think your Velcro is 'course enough' to vent.)

Problems arise with dried sticky type mud, dried bugs or gravel nicks from exposed fork tubes. (Rotten boots) All three actually can make 'minute cuts' in the seal lips, causing leakage.

All seals will eventually just wear out, requiring replacement.

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Larry31,
Airborne talcum type dust is not a problem at all for the dust wipers and oil seals underneath them. The fork gaiters need breather holes to be able to stay attached to the fork leg or brace. (I think your Velcro is 'course enough' to vent.)

Problems arise with dried sticky type mud, dried bugs or gravel nicks from exposed fork tubes. (Rotten boots) All three actually can make 'minute cuts' in the seal lips, causing leakage.

All seals will eventually just wear out, requiring replacement.
Before installing the fork brace, the holes were backed up with metal of the forks. They were just below the slider part of the forks.
Less likely for stuff to get in.

After installing Eagle Mike's brace, the area just behind the holes was moved up showing empty area directly behind the holes.
There is nothing to keep stuff from going directly onto the sliders.
Maybe I'm worrying needlessly

The new brace has a recessed channel for the gaiters to lock into, just like the original mounting did. I don't think they will work their way up, but I'll keep an eye on them when I start riding again in the spring.

Appreciate the input.

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2017 Yamaha XT250
1990 Honda NX250 (Green/White)
2011 Kawasaki KLR 650 (Orange & White )

My KLR Page..http://www.powers31.info/2011_KLR650.htm

Mod's to KLR:
Power socket, L.E.D. Battery Indicator, Camera bag holder
Custom Saddlebag frames .
Louder horns, Firstgear Onyx tail bag.
Custom Aluminum Skid Plate.
Cut down seat with Custom pad.
Go Pro Camera mount.
Doo-Hicky
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