Wunderlich fork protectors for BMW F800GS?

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  1. f800guy

    f800guy Adventurer

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    Ok, I do not want to sound like some amateur here so take it easy one me. I bought the Fork Protectors (part# 8601309) for my F800GS from Wunderlich:

    http://www.wunderlich.de/frame.php?prodid=8601309

    On the wunderlich website it says this in German:
    "Die Protektoren werden ├╝ber das Standrohr gezogen und mit Kabelbindern fixiert"

    Which basically means pull them over the forks and strap them down! (Not very good instructions because it does not look that easy)

    On another site that sells them it says in English:
    "Our new fork protectors are made of soft neoprene and mount without tools"

    This is how it is suppose t look:
    [​IMG]


    My main questions?
    1) I doubt you can put them on without tools but if there is a way let me know (Sorry I suck at this stuff).

    2) Do I need to remove the front wheel to get these on? If so I would probably take it to the dealer, do not have the tools for this?

    Here is another example of how they should look and be installed:
    http://www.motoraid.eu/shop/product_info.php?products_id=1015&language=en


    SUGGESTIONS PLEASE?
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  2. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Touratech sells a similar setup for the X Challenge but with a velcro slit down the center, so you wrap them around the fork legs and then zip tie them in place.

    If yours have no velcro seam down the middle, you have to remove the fork leg from the trip clamp and slide it down.. I wouldn't bother. :dunno
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  3. Ebbs15

    Ebbs15 Parttime Saddletramp

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    it may require you to remove the forks :dunno depending on how stretchy the fabric is...
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  4. bxr140

    bxr140 Flame Bait

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    Sell them. They're just another pointless gimmick.
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  5. rustynutz

    rustynutz Useless sod

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    I'm not sure that they are a good idea at all. You may think that they will keep dirt out of the stanchion seals, but in fact, they are more likely to keep it in where it would normally just be wiped off.
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  6. M N B

    M N B would rather be riding

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    Uh, that design is stupid. What happens when the fork compresses?

    That neoprene, as installed, is going to inhibit suspension travel.
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  7. Ebbs15

    Ebbs15 Parttime Saddletramp

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    no... it'll just bunch up.. not like you're compressing the fork all the way anyways... my worry would be more in case of droop... where it'd try to stretch the neoprene... good chance it could pull itself free of the zip tie... or tear if the zip tie is too tight. :dunno
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  8. RAD800

    RAD800 Been here awhile

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    Just go to your local MX specific shop and ask for short seal savers, short ones just cover the seals and about an inch of the fork leg not the whole thing.
    I'll be putting some on the F800 after notcing a supidly large amout of dust building up after a couple of large bulldust holes.
    When i put them on an RM i pulled the forks off so they just slid straigh on, i'll do the same when the forks get done.
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  9. bxr140

    bxr140 Flame Bait

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    But before you buy, ask the shop how many people actually use them...
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  10. RAD800

    RAD800 Been here awhile

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    What are you getting at:scratch
    They work thats all that matters isn't it?
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  11. bxr140

    bxr140 Flame Bait

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    Most people believe they do more harm than good.

    I am one of them.
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  12. Ebbs15

    Ebbs15 Parttime Saddletramp

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    how so? (just wondering... never heard pro's or neg's on them)
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  13. RAD800

    RAD800 Been here awhile

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    Fair enough
    I use them and think they work, you just have to make sure you clean behind them every now and then.
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  14. bxr140

    bxr140 Flame Bait

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    They trap debris in between the neoprene and the slider--and instead of wiping away the debris on the first stroke (like the actual wiper does) the debris gets lodged in the neoprene. So every time the slider moves past that piece of debris, the slider gets scratched over and over...and the scratch gets deeper and deeper. Multiply that piece of debris by many thousands of minute pieces of grit and grime, and you have a recipe for doing more damage to your slider than had you done nothing at all.

    By all means, don't take my word on it--call up 5 suspension tuners and take a poll to see what they think about the neoprene boots. :deal
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  15. Ebbs15

    Ebbs15 Parttime Saddletramp

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    interesting... but if it's sealed at both ends with zip ties.... how would the debris get in side?

    but yeah I see your point.
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  16. bxr140

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    Dust and other small debris gets everywhere. :cry
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  17. Ebbs15

    Ebbs15 Parttime Saddletramp

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    fair enough... makes sense to me... thanks:freaky
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  18. RAD800

    RAD800 Been here awhile

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    brx is right, but they do have their place imo. I used short ones for ages without a blown fork seal or scratched tubes, weather or not they worked i don't know but you do have to cleam them occasionally or after a big trip because of crud getting in there.
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