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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. Lefty Boot Replacement w/pics-step-1a.jpg
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    I used electrical tape to cover everything to create a smooth surface for the boot to slide over. Lefty Boot Replacement w/pics-step-2a.jpg
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    A liberal amount of grease to allow the boot to slide over freely.Lefty Boot Replacement w/pics-step-3.jpg
    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.Lefty Boot Replacement w/pics-done.jpg
    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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    Smile

    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

    Quote Originally Posted by rrl
    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?

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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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