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    Lefty Boot Replacement w/pics

    Here is my take on how to change a Lefty fork boot without disassembly .
    I used an old disc brake adapter to help ease the narrow end of the boot over the forks brake mount. Attachment 498366
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    I used electrical tape to cover everything to create a smooth surface for the boot to slide over. Attachment 498368
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    A liberal amount of grease to allow the boot to slide over freely.Attachment 498370
    I used a shop rag to grip the wide end of the boot to pull it over, slowly pushing narrow end of boot with other hand.Attachment 498371
    I had the bike turned upside down with the lockout on and found that it was quite easy to pull the boot over.Boots will need to be replaced from time to time for whatever reason, I hope this will help make it easier for all those who like to maintain their own bikes.

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    good job

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    Slick!!!
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    Awesome !!!!! Great Tip way to go Bro!!!!!
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    Very nice!
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    Thanks for sharing!!!

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    just in time! yesterday i discovered a small hole on my boot!! thanks!!!

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    Cool, I thought it would be harder to get on than that.

    For small holes or cuts you can use a product called "Plasti Dip" to patch them. It's used for coating tool handles like pliers etc... It can be found in any hardware store and is very simple to use. Just clean the surface, brush a little bit over the hole and let it sit overnite.
    I used it on my old Headshok and it lasted for years. It's actually still there even though I don't ride that bike much anymore.

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    does somebody knows where to buy those colored lefty boots??

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    I use a very similar method to the above.

    Instead of taping the lower section, I pull the old boot down over it (in place of the tape) and the grease it. I then slide the new boot on to the old boot and then into place. You can cut off or pull the old boot when finished. This just helps me save tape.
    Taping the lower is nice if you only have to do it once or the tape gets expensive.
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    How many do you have to change the boot of a lefty? Like twice a year or what?
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    Nice How-to. I love the Brake mount idea, definitely makes a good slide. The big keys are the tape and the grease too. Very nicely done!

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    I'd love to get a red one

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    does somebody knows where to buy those colored lefty boots??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninko
    How many do you have to change the boot of a lefty? Like twice a year or what?

    The boot only needs to be replaced if it gets damaged - a hole, rip, etc.
    All the Lefties and Headshoks in my family all have their original boots - even the '93 headshok.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rrl
    does somebody knows where to buy those colored lefty boots??

    i tried to search in atv veichle shop ... but here in italy not more shops ..maybe in usa is easy to find them

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    Great tip!
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    Another tip to make this easier is to turn the boot inside out while it is still on the Lefty . This way you start with the wide end of the boot going over the caliper mount . Much easier and eliminates the extra pulling and stretching to get the narrow end over it

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    i bumped into this youtube video , check this out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmNP5...eature=related

    fast and easy! very clever who came up with the ID

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    I told the dude that trick and he made a video of it???
    Nah, jk. Awesome idea!
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    Very Slick!
    I would add that putting a thin film of grease around the bottom of the Lefty makes this much easier. The grease is easily cleaned up with some alcohol and a rag.

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    ...or you use all these tricks to put this on....
    this I got from eliflap, of course!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jutes View Post
    ...or you use all these tricks to put this on....
    this I got from eliflap, of course!
    What is that, and how does it not bunch up, get stuffed up inside during compression and get torn?

    Curious, not being a jerk..
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    It's an inner tube. And, it does bunch up but not get torn as long as you lube the insides with high speed bearing grease.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jutes View Post
    It's an inner tube. And, it does bunch up but not get torn as long as you lube the insides with high speed bearing grease.
    Sounds like a good idea... How do you keep the bottom from working its way up if there is grease on the inside of it?

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    Yes it is slippery but was able to get a finger hold to yank it down/up then regreased it more. Try to search eliflap's Scalpel build or PM him. He has the instructions to put it on. I got this idea from him.
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    inner tube

    Any chance of a photo with the Lefty compressed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by macdeal View Post
    Any chance of a photo with the Lefty compressed?
    Yeah - I was just gonna ask that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by macdeal View Post
    Any chance of a photo with the Lefty compressed?
    uncompressed and compressed!
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    Thanks for the pics.
    Is it working well for you? Can anyone identify some possible problems with this set-up?

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    The potential problem is bunching and tearing. It's not something I would do if my boot were in perfect working order.

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    Thanks for the tip. Changed mine effortlessly this afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derrick2k2 View Post
    Cool, I thought it would be harder to get on than that.

    For small holes or cuts you can use a product called "Plasti Dip" to patch them. It's used for coating tool handles like pliers etc... It can be found in any hardware store and is very simple to use. Just clean the surface, brush a little bit over the hole and let it sit overnite.
    I used it on my old Headshok and it lasted for years. It's actually still there even though I don't ride that bike much anymore.
    Good tip! Thanks much..

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    Tried the You Tube method. 1 split boot down the drain.....
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    I tried the method in the video yesterday (toe strap) worked great for me.


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    My boots must be made out of hard plastic; not stretching about to rip another....not sure why it works for everyone else.

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    I tried like the video yesterday...got to use some strength to do it! worked just fine.

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    Hey andrepsz,

    How are your chainstay boots holding up? I just got one of those Shimano Pro carbon look protector and I'm goign to install it shortly. Do they bind the suspension at all when they bunch up? Did you lube the insidemof it liberally?

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlownCivic View Post
    Hey andrepsz,

    How are your chainstay boots holding up? I just got one of those Shimano Pro carbon look protector and I'm goign to install it shortly. Do they bind the suspension at all when they bunch up? Did you lube the insidemof it liberally?

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    I've started covering full length but it was folding too much...so I ended up cutting short with lub inside. You'll need to stretch the neoprene a lot to wrap around the upper leg.




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    So it's more like a wiper/seal now instead of a boot?

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    Man, I don't see that ending well, maybe if you never ride in the rain or mud?
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    The Lefty whisperer has spoken! Hi Craig, how are you?

    I guess I can find other places to drop 25-30 grams off the bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlownCivic View Post
    The Lefty whisperer has spoken! Hi Craig, how are you?

    I guess I can find other places to drop 25-30 grams off the bike
    Groovin'!

    Yeah, boots are cheap, and as long as you keep an eye on 'em, they keep your races and bearings nice and clean.

    Want no boot? Buy one of the new guys....

    Swap out your grips, the ESI's are stupid light!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Man, I don't see that ending well, maybe if you never ride in the rain or mud?
    I'm attentive to that. Last case I'm going to try the simple tube idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrepsz View Post
    I'm attentive to that. Last case I'm going to try the simple tube idea.
    Can I ask why you don't just run a boot? Cheap, light, easily replaced yada yada yada.

    A tube (assuming you mean a sliced up bike tube that is) is a pretty crummy boot alternative due to bunching, material not doing well in the presence of grease, etc.

    Not bagging on you, I'm all for innovation and outside the box thinking, but some things really are, pretty well thought out, and I'd consider the OEM boot to be one of those things.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Can I ask why you don't just run a boot? Cheap, light, easily replaced yada yada yada.

    A tube (assuming you mean a sliced up bike tube that is) is a pretty crummy boot alternative due to bunching, material not doing well in the presence of grease, etc.

    Not bagging on you, I'm all for innovation and outside the box thinking, but some things really are, pretty well thought out, and I'd consider the OEM boot to be one of those things.....
    yeah I'm also all about outside the box thinking. You can see above my last experiment using a Scott chainstay protector and I've used it for an entire 2 years, the only reason I had to remove it was because of a whole on the neoprene since it was a already used part before I tried the re-purposing, it was just old. No lub was used inside...and after 2 years...no sign of wear was noticed on the lefty lower, the black anodizing is in perfect shape and the fork is as smooth as new. Now using it almost as a wiper/seal deal...I'm still attentive to the longevity of the idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Groovin'!

    Swap out your grips, the ESI's are stupid light!
    Glad to hear it!

    Already running ESI Chunkys. Looking at the Lizard Skins DSPs, but as I already suffer from hand numbness problems with the ESIs, I'm concerned it'll be worse with the DSPs.

    ASR5 Carbon down to 19 1/2 lbs with still about a 1/2 lb of low hanging fruit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlownCivic View Post
    ASR5 Carbon down to 19 1/2 lbs with still about a 1/2 lb of low hanging fruit.
    Man!

    And to think, I still had fun last night on my 34 lb Salsa Bucksaw.....
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Because racebike! Climbing 7-8,000 feet in a race is sooo much nicer on a light bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Man, I don't see that ending well, maybe if you never ride in the rain or mud?
    You were right...it wasn't doing well. How about this vintage Rock Shock Judy XC boot? Looks good hum?

    How I did it? I heated in hot water first to make it more flexible, taped the sharp edges on the shock and caliper hooks, added grease on top of the tape...that allowed the boot to slide easier.

    It fits Perfect! Nicely tight on top and bottom...not zip ties needed. I highly recommend this idea.

    (ignore the hole exposed...I'm still working on it!



    Also much lighter than the 48g stock boot.


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