I have been pondering this for a while. I will get flamed for it but why the heck did we ever ditch the fork boots of old. Sure they can trap grime but so can bad fork seal designs. And now days we all know the real key is to pull the lowers early and often. Any fork not serviced will be subject to damage. But I have twice now had rocks gouge the finish of a fox fork leading to the coating wearing off and oil seepage and eventually wearing into the aluminum of the stanchions. This included my new kashima coat fork. it seems like old fashioned boots would do no harm when the fork is serviced regularly and may very well stop gouges from crashes ect. Its not like new stanchions are immaterial at $150+. At the moment my kashima coat fork needs new stanchions and I am thinking about putting old skool boots on when I replace the enduro seals that have been ruined in short order due to the coating having a nick. To be sure the enduros failing quick has nothing to do with there quality and is all about the damage caused by actually riding. Well that and a lousy fox bushing design that eats stanchions for breakfast any time any thing is even slightly out of whack.
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