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Offline welshrob

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V7 Classic, fork gaiter/boot question
« on: December 09, 2016, 04:40:46 AM »
I have just fitted a set of OEM gaiters to my classic, not an easy job but they`re on. The only thing I haven`t been able to figure out is how the **** these stupid ******* retaining clips work? They look like they need some sort of special tool to tension them, any ideas?




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« Last Edit: December 09, 2016, 04:42:37 AM by welshrob »

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Re: V7 Classic, fork gaiter/boot question
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2016, 05:58:14 AM »
Yes, they have a special crimping tool to fasten/crimp them....$15-$30 bucks on-line.

Here is a link.

https://www.shopcross.com/product/oetiker-14100082-jaw-pincer-forged-steel-rubber?gclid=CjwKEAiAyanCBRDkiO6M_rDroH0SJAAfZ4KLttFXwnK0cX5UvPNoGmPQ30sZ6k1YLyB7i6JGYlnCLRoCEinw_wcB

Others have mad due with other creative ideas.  I bought used I think on eBay for ~$15 bucks when I replaced mine when flipping fenders.
« Last Edit: December 09, 2016, 05:58:52 AM by ponti33602 »


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Re: V7 Classic, fork gaiter/boot question
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2016, 06:01:36 AM »
Supposed to be "squeezed" tight (on each short side of that rectangle) - like an Oetiker clamp.  There are special pliers for that, but can be done with cross cut wire cutters.  Just go slow, and don't overtighten.
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Re: V7 Classic, fork gaiter/boot question
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2016, 06:06:12 AM »
Supposed to be "squeezed" tight (on each short side of that rectangle) - like an Oetiker clamp.  There are special pliers for that, but can be done with cross cut wire cutters.  Just go slow, and don't overtighten.
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Re: V7 Classic, fork gaiter/boot question
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2016, 10:24:49 AM »
Special pliers to tighten a clamp in a non-critical application was not something I wanted to spend money on. So I just used black zip ties, cinched snug. No need to over-complicate, IMO.

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Re: V7 Classic, fork gaiter/boot question
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2016, 10:29:37 AM »
Special pliers to tighten a clamp in a non-critical application was not something I wanted to spend money on. So I just used black zip ties, cinched snug. No need to over-complicate, IMO.

Others use stainless zips as well.

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Re: V7 Classic, fork gaiter/boot question
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2016, 10:46:01 AM »
You can probably go to your local auto parts shop which rents out tools and get some CV boot clamp pliers.

Our local Autozone probably has them; pay the money, squeeze your clamps, take pliers back, get money back.

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Re: V7 Classic, fork gaiter/boot question
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2016, 03:41:51 PM »
Thanks everyone.  :thumb: I bought these from AF1 racing, I have now emailed them suggesting that they put this in their product description, people thinking of purchasing these need to know.

 Oetiker clamp pliers are not a tool that most motorcyclists have in their kit and none of the large outlets here carry them, so if I wanted a pair I would have to buy them online. So, I am going to do as suggested and try and close them carefully with with a pair of cutters.

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Re: V7 Classic, fork gaiter/boot question
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2016, 04:34:13 PM »
Thanks everyone.  :thumb: I bought these from AF1 racing, I have now emailed them suggesting that they put this in their product description, people thinking of purchasing these need to know.

 Oetiker clamp pliers are not a tool that most motorcyclists have in their kit and none of the large outlets here carry them, so if I wanted a pair I would have to buy them online. So, I am going to do as suggested and try and close them carefully with with a pair of cutters.

Try to put some tape on the blades so they crimp and not cut.
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