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Old 09-21-2005, 07:03 AM   #1
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R100GS fork gaiters question

When I purchased new OEM fork gaiters I noticed they did not have the little holes in the botton couple of ribs like my old ones. Are these necessary? Are they for air escape? Did someone alter the old ones? Thanks.
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Old 09-21-2005, 09:24 PM   #2
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Good question. Don't know if this helps, but mine also have the holes in them. While we're on the topic, should the holes go to the top or the bottom?
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Old 09-21-2005, 10:15 PM   #3
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Well if the holes were at the top - they would let the air out ... but water would sit inside.

My old R80 G/S ones ... had a hole through the bottom triple tee with a rubber hose from the triple tee that vented inside the headlight housing. Thought that was a nice touch as it keeps out most of the dust and water.
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Old 09-21-2005, 10:22 PM   #4
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My guess is that they should face downward as to not allow water to drip in (but dirt can fly up into?) and mine originals were on the fins nearer the yellow fork lowers. Hope I get a definitive answer as to whether they are important cause I would like to reinstall the front end.
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Old 09-22-2005, 10:58 AM   #5
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The stock location is holes on the bottom. Do yourself a favor and use a muffler clamp on the lower end of the gators so you can perodically lift the boots up and clean the dirt out for longer seal life. When I pulled mine up recently there was a ton of dirt in there!!
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Old 09-22-2005, 05:12 PM   #6
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So, should I punch some holes in? They are OEM, and did not come with any, has their thinking changed? My local dealer (friggin' joke) didn't have a clue. I'm leaning toward leaving them alone, perhaps enough air blows by the removable clamp up top. Not such a tight seal as the other airhead models with the blow-by tube. I can always drill a couple of holes later. Opinions?
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Old 09-22-2005, 10:38 PM   #7
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As far as dealers go, they know sweet F**k all about airheads, and even less about the bike they'e trying to sell you . Lobo's right, with the holes at the bottom the gaiters do fill up with dirt. If i were to do it again, i would put the holes to the top. If i had to cut my own holes, i would make only one small one up top and keep it to the back. I can't see having no holes being a disaster, but you do need to displace some air during compression and altitude change, or you might comprimise the seal and allow un-wanted stuff in. This is all IMHO...
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Old 09-23-2005, 06:48 AM   #8
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I wonder if a small 'slit' would do the job? That way pressure can escape and the rubber would go back to it's original form. Water droplets would probably bridge over the slit instead of running in. Thoughts? If the slit idea sounds feasable, near the top for sure, but on the top side of a peat or the underside? TIA.
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Old 09-25-2005, 11:15 AM   #9
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Say, thats a great idea! i'd put the slits towards the back so rain and dust doesn't get driven in. A little bit of water won't hurt and will eventually evaporate, but dust and sand will destroy the seal in no time.
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Old 09-25-2005, 05:45 PM   #10
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The slit will make a tear.

Drill a hole ? In thin rudder... NO. Get a paper punch.

Edit - yep heat will work - on plastic it is easier. Rubber would tend to burn rather than mealt?

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