fork boots -- necessary?

Erwin Schrodinger /

Are the fork boots on my Tomos Sprint necessary or just a convenience? I prefer the look of no boots, but I don't wanna mess my stuff up, ya know?

Re: fork boots -- necessary?

You can remove them with no adverse effects. I'm pretty sure they only exist to act as a dust cover and help prevent rust on the tubes.

Re: fork boots -- necessary?

If you remove them clean the tubes as good as possible, remove rust if there is any and then apply couple of layers of good quality car wax to the tubes. Repeat every now and then if in rainy location, once or twice a year if it doesn't rain much. Should keep then shiny and offer some protection against rust.

Re: fork boots -- necessary?

Swap them for the short old style boots. They look much better and still help keep water and grit out.

https://www.treatland.tv/OEM-tomos-bullet-fork-rubber-protective-shield-p/oem-tomos-fork-rubber-219226.htm (edited)

Re: fork boots -- necessary?

Johnny Braaapp /

I'd leave them on during winter if you ride. Especially around where I live, considering the amount of Salt/Cinders these bastards put on the roads.

Re: fork boots -- necessary?

Erwin Schrodinger /

The tubes are usually chrome, right? I thought you weren't supposed to put wax on chrome.

> Tony H. Wrote:

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> If you remove them clean the tubes as good as possible, remove rust if

> there is any and then apply couple of layers of good quality car wax to

> the tubes. Repeat every now and then if in rainy location, once or twice

> a year if it doesn't rain much. Should keep then shiny and offer some

> protection against rust. (edited)

Re: fork boots -- necessary?

Fork boots keep grit out of the fork seals on real forks.

Any teeny tiny amount of abrasive material would be like sanding the surface. Forks are supposed to be tight. Removing material will make them loose and wobbly.

Boots are important in environments where dust and grit is blowing around or likely to contaminate the fork seals. On real hydraulic forks.

If you keep them clean, like average clean, I think you’re safe to not worry too much on a moped. Unless you are riding offroad in the desert.

Re: fork boots -- necessary?

Erwin Schrodinger /

Yeah, for sure. I picked up these old style covers. https://www.treatland.tv/OEM-tomos-bullet-fork-rubber-protective-shield-p/oem-tomos-fork-rubber-219226.htm

> Papa _ Wrote:

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> Fork boots keep grit out of the fork seals on real forks.

>

> Any teeny tiny amount of abrasive material would be like sanding the

> surface. Forks are supposed to be tight. Removing material will make

> them loose and wobbly.

>

> Boots are important in environments where dust and grit is blowing

> around or likely to contaminate the fork seals. On real hydraulic forks.

>

> If you keep them clean, like average clean, I think you’re safe to not

> worry too much on a moped. Unless you are riding offroad in the desert.

Re: fork boots -- necessary?

Dirty30 Dillon /

On stock Tomos sprint forks? You honestly might as well not even bother. There's no "seal" because there is no fluid in them, just grease. In addition, the stock A35 era tomos forks are notorious for bending.

2/5 Tomos with those forks come in bent to Second Stroke.

Re: fork boots -- necessary?

> Dirty30 Dillon Wrote:

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> On stock Tomos sprint forks? You honestly might as well not even bother.

> There's no "seal" because there is no fluid in them, just grease. In

> addition, the stock A35 era tomos forks are notorious for bending.

>

> 2/5 Tomos with those forks come in bent to Second Stroke.

I can't tell you how many sets of bent A35 Tomos forks I've gotten in big parts lots from old dealers and the like

Re: fork boots -- necessary?

when you guys are talking about bent, you mean metal is deformed bent or the plastic bushings are so worn that they look bent?

Re: fork boots -- necessary?

> Papa _ Wrote:

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> when you guys are talking about bent, you mean metal is deformed bent or

> the plastic bushings are so worn that they look bent?

No actual bends in the metal forks. Usually around the triple tree area. Their stuff is weak. It just pushes in. You can bend them yourself if you push in on them hard enough. You cant to that with EBRs or even some other stock forks.

Re: fork boots -- necessary?

> Papa _ Wrote:

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> when you guys are talking about bent, you mean metal is deformed bent or

> the plastic bushings are so worn that they look bent?

I have seen the fork uppers literally broken in half. They are super thin and bend soooo easily

Re: fork boots -- necessary?

Why do I keep reading this as "fuck boots"?

Re: fork boots -- necessary?

> Brandon Love Wrote:

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> Why do I keep reading this as "fuck boots"?

slip that on... talk about ribbed for her pleasure.

I’ll remeber to pass on any stock tomos forks for projects.

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