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Upper fork tube protection

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I did a search on this but never found much. My upper fork tubes are starting to get nicked up from roost from other bikes. I've seen other people with stickers or tape wrapped around the upper tubes and I'm assuming this is for roost protection. Is there a product out there specifically for this? I've looked at BTO Sports and Rocky Mountain and didn't find anything.

Let me know what you do to protect your upper fork tubes.

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I use carbon Fiber upper fork tube protectors with and w/o the stickers for added strength...I even have a extra set used if you want to purchase them....pm me if interested

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I also use carbon fiber wraps, ,mine are made by carbon fiber works. If you want a cheaper alternative, Maier makes plastic upper fork guards that I have used on many bikes in the past with great success. They are pretty cheap compared to the carbon fiber ones.

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If you want to go ultra cheap, get one of the fluorescent light covers they sell at the hardware stores. Cut to length, get them warm, and slap it on. Looks ok being that they are clear. They are not extremely durable, but for the price......

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Thanks everyone for the quick response on this. I think the suspension on my 450 is awesome and want to keep it that way.

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Thanks everyone for the quick response on this. I think the suspension on my 450 is awesome and want to keep it that way.

ok...what does that have to do with upper fork protection? All of the responses above do not affect fork performance......am I missing anything here? :excuseme:

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ok...what does that have to do with upper fork protection? All of the responses above do not affect fork performance......am I missing anything here? :excuseme:

If a huge rock puts a ding in your upper fork tube, the forks will not work right, and thus his great suspension will not work as well. Makes sense to me.

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If a huge rock puts a ding in your upper fork tube, the forks will not work right, and thus his great suspension will not work as well. Makes sense to me.

ahhhhh makes since ...so thats why I protect them....duh.:bonk:

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At a race two weeks ago the roost was fierce, I saw what looked like half of a brick flying through the air towards me. It went right past my front number plate and radiator, a near miss. That's when I really started thinking about this. I'm also getting some hand guards.

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Yeah, here in NY there are rocks everywhere. I've concluded that there must not be rocks out west because all of the pros cray and moan about how rocky Unadilla is, but Unadilla has the least rocks of any track in NY that I have ever been to (even the sand tracks here are full of baseball sized rocks). Last year I had a rock go right through my front numberplate. I have also had many broken fingers (even with handgaurds) and even a broken collar bone from rocks. I always use fork protectors.

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Sounds like it sucks there. We have absolutely no rocks on the tracks around here.

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I've concluded that there must not be rocks out west
What size rocks would you like? The one creating the shadow behind Junior there is 80 feet tall. :smirk:

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It really depends on where you ride, and how much effort the track manager wants to put into the soil prep. Some places in SoCal are just naturally low on rocks. Some places they rake through and amend the soil to clear as many as they can. You hardly ever see one at Cahuilla Creek, whereas at Amago, they've been wiggling up out of the ground as long as the track has been there, and they never run out.

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Haha, that must be it, all the rocks out west are too big to be picked up and thrown by a motocross tire! There are tracks here that have rock pickers that pull behind tractors. They haul away truck load after truck load of rocks and still the tracks are covered in baseball sized rocks that break bones pretty easily. All of the pros hardly ever wear chest protectors or use hand guards, yet whenever they come to Unadilla or Broome they all have handguards and chestprotectors and still complain about the rocks. Just this year at Unadilla, DV12 had a rock go through his engine and blow it up and Vilipoto had a rock go through his radiator. Unadilla has very few rocks at it IMO.

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