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Old 03-05-2012, 02:59 PM   #1
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are fork guards needed

I am in the process of rebuilding my forks.

Are these really needed

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what bike are these going on?
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I wont be using those exact guards, but im rebuilding a Ninja 650 and curious what the purpose of it is.

Does it just protect the seals?
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For a street bike or track bike? On the street, it definetly keeps a lot of garbage from attacking the chrome on the inner fork tube. On a trackbike its a bit less of a worry.
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Protects the lower fork tubes from getting knicked up by debris, and those cuts could damage your seals.
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Wow thanks for all the fast replies.
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Protects the lower fork tubes from getting nicked up by debris, and those cuts could damage your seals.
+1 and also bug guts which will harm the seals as well. The rock chips/debris nicks are really the main reason to keep these on there, as they will not only ruin your seals, but the high spots will cut your seals and the low spots won't allow a replacement set of seals to 'seal' over the dips in the surface, allowing oil to bypass the sealing lip. Think craters on the moon.. at that time, the correct fix is to replace the stantion tubes, or have them replated.
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After looking up the price for new OEM fork guards, $30. I did some research and found some Seal Savers and looked into them, there are a ton of manufactures.

So I bought a pair off ebay, brand new for my forks. They look nice and ill install a thick peice of plastic from the broken fork guards inside the sock for extra protection!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/170778739709...84.m1439.l2649
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On a trackbike its a bit less of a worry.
Rocks can get thrown on the track
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Rocks can get thrown on the track
Bevo, Ive looked long and hard and found no one on street bikes using fork socks/fork covers like these.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/170778739709...84.m1439.l2649

Any reason? I would think these would be a hot item
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Bevo, Ive looked long and hard and found no one on street bikes using fork socks/fork covers like these.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/170778739709...84.m1439.l2649

Any reason? I would think these would be a hot item
Because that's a dirt bike. Most street bikes have the fender and fork guard as once piece.
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You know what your so right, I totally forgot that once the fender is back on that it puffs out horizontally to the forks. And if its a dirtbike then you would think that they would protect our street bikes more.
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Rocks can get thrown on the track
hence the reason I used "a bit less" instead of "not a."
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hence the reason I used "a bit less" instead of "not a."
So track rocks are "a bit less" of a worry than street rocks? Good to know
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So track rocks are "a bit less" of a worry than street rocks? Good to know
Track road salt, mud, and bugs are certainly less of a worry than their street equivalents. And there's the shear exposure. Most people ride their street bikes significantly more than a trackbike.
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Track road salt, mud, and bugs are certainly less of a worry than their street equivalents. And there's the shear exposure. Most people ride their street bikes significantly more than a trackbike.
Yea, but it only takes one rock to put a nick in your shock
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So track rocks are "a bit less" of a worry than street rocks? Good to know
For the benefit of those who do not realize you're just an obtuse idiot who likes to stir the pot for no real benefit, there are fewer rocks on a track and a track bike sees far less time in use than a street bike.

To those of you who are new , Bevo just likes to be an and completely obfuscate issues that others take seriously. Just ignore him.
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For the benefit of those who do not realize you're just an obtuse idiot who likes to stir the pot for no real benefit, there are fewer rocks on a track and a track bike sees far less time in use than a street bike.

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Why? I fail to see how you're going to stop being an just because I ride GSS....
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