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post #1 of 7 Old 06-20-2016, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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Do the fork boots slide up for cleaning?

Hi all, i just bought me a new 16 klr650, i've had tons of bikes but not a one of them had fork tube boots, i know dirt still has to make its way past the boots & would like to know if the boot will slide up/down for cleaning? thank you
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Yes they do. Just work them off of the top of the fork tube. Also allows you to inspect for oil seal leakage.

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They come loose at the bottom. Almost looks like they don't, but once you get it coming loose things clear up.

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They come loose at the bottom. Almost looks like they don't, but once you get it coming loose things clear up.
Yes. hose boots seem to do an excellent job of keeping the tubes very clean. I have about 130k miles on KLRs with never a seal leak. As Fader says, you can slide then up a little from the bottom and take a peek. I never find dirt in there.
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Yes. hose boots seem to do an excellent job of keeping the tubes very clean. I have about 130k miles on KLRs with never a seal leak. As Fader says, you can slide then up a little from the bottom and take a peek. I never find dirt in there.
Agreed; far more protected than any inverted fork on an MX bike that sees 100X the abuse....


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thank you for the replies, i'm a stickler for keeping the fork tubes clean & can say iv never had fork seal issues even in my younger days when i liked to wheelie my gsxr 1000's alot lol. I traded a crf250L for this klr & didnt care for the upside down forks on the crf, they took lots of dirt & debris.
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Fork Boots

As said fork boots do lift up. They normally sit in a recess. You have to pull the boot out of that recess to move them up.

Note: If you put a Eagle Mike's fork brace on your Gen-2, you can't lower them enough to block the drain holes like they are in a "non-brace" situation. The holes with the brace allows dust to accumulate inside. You have to clean more frequently.
I have a EM brace, and I bought some velcro to wrap over the holes.
See my Fork Brace install video.. Velcro shown near the end of video. (Time 3:50 in video.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMfYgm_aGew

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