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I like the look of the gaiters on the T120/140. My bike has the more modern no gaiter look. Are there parts that make this work? I thought the UK models kept them for a few years? I am rebuilding the forks with springs and seals this week and now is the time to do it.

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I put Norton gaiters on my T120V because they are longer and not so tight as the Triumph type.
I think? the number is 06-5743

 

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I have just done the fork seals on my 1971 Tiger TR6R and elected to try the Commando gaiters.... they look good and also cover up the "thinning" chrome. Here is a point to note if you go ahead, fully fit the bottom of the gaiter before you put the front guard back on !!
 

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How do you fit the tops? Cut the gaiters? Is there no triumph part that accepts the gaiter?
 

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Hi Brian,

How do you fit the tops? Cut the gaiters? Is there no triumph part that accepts the gaiter?
As with any gaiter that fits the '71-on forks, you have to fit it to the stanchion before the slider, because the top of the gaiter is sized to fit the stanchion.

Hth.

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Funnily enough, I got rid of mine for a "cleaner" look. I don't ride much in the winter now.

USA /non gaitered bikes have 2 rubber parts on the stanchions that you need to remove.

One is just a rubber trim piece to finish off the stanchion to yoke junction,
The other is a rubber cover on the junction of the stanchion/lower leg.

If the gaiters don't have a breather, make a small hole on the underside of the bellows. Otherwise they inflate on compression.
 

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I don't remember who's bike this, (one of my favorites) is but it seems the gaiters are "over" the upper sleeve or rubber cover. I would like to keep it 2 1/4" both ends of the gaiter as this appears.
 

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I don't remember who's bike this, (one of my favorites) is but it seems the gaiters are "over" the upper sleeve or rubber cover. I would like to keep it 2 1/4" both ends of the gaiter as this appears.
That photo is reversed. Primary on right side , poster on wall backwards.
 

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The gaitors are dimensioned with a smaller hole at the top, and larger one at the bottom.
Trust me, the gaitors won't fit if you try to leave the parts from the exposed forks on.

You'll need some lube to get them to stretch over the junction and a mug of boiling water is handy as you dunk the big end into the water and quickly slip them over the fork lower.
 

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twentyfive years ago i bought rubber gaiters made for a motocross aftermarket application. they have a 33 mm top i hold on with a nylon tie and a larger bottom that fits my 72 conical sliders perfectly-- i use hose clamps on the bottom.

theyre still in perfect shape
 

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Hi Brian,

You'll need some lube
I use cheap furniture polish for both fitting and cleaning synthetic 'rubber' parts; it doesn't leave any slippery residue and the high levels of silicone in such polishes is apparently good for synthetic 'rubbers'. :thumb

twentyfive years ago i bought rubber gaiters
theyre still in perfect shape
Pffft! Only 25 years? :D I fitted a pair of gaiters to one my T160's when I gave it a big makeover over the winter of '82/'83 - "still in perfect shape" :thumb I think they're the legendary Commando gaiters, certainly that's what I bought for my T100 about twelve years ago, and what're on the T160's look the same.

Bottom of the gaiter is a tight fit on a Triumph slider, I use a 'narrow' (5/16"-wide) stainless hose clip from Dave & Richard Middleton to secure the top around the stanchion.

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The gaiters on the bike in the picture are identical to mine on 73 Trident.
So it looks like they were used during 73 and are Triumph.
 

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I left the stock upper rubber ring and fitted a stock triumph 97-3635 gaiter.They have 2" openings on both ends. I like the look with 12 rings. I put the existing upper ring on a dowel, put it in the drill press and used a rat tail file to cut a ring groove for the gaiter. Cable tie and I can't yank it off with a hard pull.



QUESTION? Picture #4 is the steering stop, I have no idea what this looked like before. Anyone have a picture?
 

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I don't remember who's bike this, (one of my favorites) is but it seems the gaiters are "over" the upper sleeve or rubber cover. I would like to keep it 2 1/4" both ends of the gaiter as this appears.


I believe that bike is belongs to Trident man over at Brit Bike Forum.


K
 
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