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Seal Savers Fork Seal Protection: When I first got this "NUSED" 10 hour (You know like that 30k mile-25 year old engine from the salvage yard), Feb-02' produced bike in late Sept.-02, the bike 43mm WP forks performed reasonably well for a woods/desert suspension. No doubt, best newest of anything in the paddock. Shortly after I put 5 hours on the forks riding in pulverized silt-rouge sand, the Fork seals started that dreaded dribble down each stanchion tube. Of course the brake caliper side started first and was the worse.  After numerous seal lip-wiper cleanings it was time to disassemble for inspection and fluid servicing. The sealing surfaces all looked great w/no apparent damage. I reused the <15hr(?) seals and put >5+ hours on them until the dreaded leak again. In 2003ish, While reading my coveted complimentary Cycle News, I advertised Amsoil in, I landed on "Seal Savers" fork protection. The neoprene covers available in "Short or Long" and multiple diameters. I was already thinking of purchasing USD upper fork protection for dings etc., the Long Fork Seal Savers would do 2 things in one product: 1) Definitely protect the upper soft metal housings from dings and possible detrimental damage  2) Potentially "Solve fork seal leaking problems". I decided to give the product a try after talking with the "Owner" of the business, I purchased multiple sets for numerous forks: 1) Short for "Fox Factory 44mm conventional". 2) Long for WP 43mm USD. 3) Short for 86' XR-100R 30mm(?) Conventional. The product came with multiple size and length stickers as owner was nice enough to include them free of charge, Of Course, that is "Free advertisement for Seal Savers" if displayed. I normally do not advertise for any product unless being paid for the space, sponsored, or given the product to try out, that is just me. 

INSTALLATION:  Installation is nothing near as simple as the loop and stitch system (Velcro) or the zipper type system. Installation has a "Positive and Negative" to it. The Forks MUST be removed to install "Seal Savers". The POSITIVE is that by removing the forks, you can plan on a fluid change, fork servicing or Dust/Seal replacement while you have gone through all the effort and work, WHICH can be very satisfying mentally and mechanically. The NEGATIVE is the extra work involved, if you are only installing the product. 

RESULTS AFTER 10+/- YEARS USE: Fork seals definitely last longer between services. Upper fork housings still look respectable, but, I DO NOT ride in Rocky Terrain as much. Uwharrie, Curtis Mountain, Brown Mountain, NCMP, Cow Branch, Archer's Lodge, Wild Winds, JMP, Maysville (Now JWTF) and a whole lot of BlackJack Motocross Park (SILTY PULVERIZED ROUGE like SAND). The neoprene material does catch a lot of the fine silt/dust that is attracted to any lightly lubricated surface that can penetrate the fork dust seals. They can be pulled up above seal area for additional servicing, BUT DO NOT LEAVE them stretched over  the  USD larger fork seal housing longer than necessary, the neoprene will stretch out and not create as good of a seal. Drag created by the snug/tight fit is minimally noticed. Seal Savers might create some additional stiction (?), which might be one of the reasons Factory Connection does not like them. The Seal Savers will collect dust/dirt under them over a period of time. If you are inspecting the seals for dirt, that should be caught. Otherwise it will be trapped under the covers. This is also a reason Factory Connection is not in favor of them.

I am still using the original sets I bought 10+years ago. The lower end of the Seal Savers will be worn through to the fork dust seal if you can not keep the plastic fork guards from rubbing them. This is a NEGATIVE, because, once worn through dirt can enter the area you are trying to protect. The newer USD forks normally have a metal wire retention ring  or a swelled area of the that allows the plastic lower fork guard to rub on it rather than the dust seal or your Seal Savers. On the USDs I am still trying to figure that one out.

I rate the system a solid "3", BUT I am a perfectionist , when it comes to design, function and longevity. When I am plopping down my hard earned "Blue Boys" I want to get my moneys worth and more, afterall, that is what makes a product a great thing to recommend to others.

 

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Guest LeeHoudini

  

I should have bought the zippered style for take off cleaning underneath. Next time!

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YZ450Hombre

  

No more seal problems

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SoftwareDevJason

  

Looks better than stock boots IMO but I can't say that they keep it any cleaner. Perhaps about the same. Also don't believe it's as tough as the stock boots.

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