White Brothers Brothers Fork Wipers Shock Upgrade

Brothers Fork Wipers

White Brothers Fork Wipers

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Mac enduser   Weekend Warrior [Oct 27, 2001]
Strength:

Cheap

Weakness:

does not keep innards clean

The only reason i bought these was purely for looks. So i did not follow the orignal instructions that ask that i remove the fork boots and the original wiper seals for less stiction. As soon as you touch this wiper you know it will not keep very much dirt out, it does not have very much surface contact and it's not very tight. So i left the orignal wiper on and packed grease under the white bros wiper and the fork was 3x smoother. that grease quickly leak out so i added a sponge and a fork oil/grease mixture that made the fork work more smoothly that a wiper/boot combo. With these seals you have more maintance than with a fork boot but my set up does run smoother and i think it takes away that K-mart look of the forks.

Similar Products Used: stock boots
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
Luke   Cross Country Rider [Sep 20, 2000]
Strength:

Work well at first. Makes your fork look spiffy.

Weakness:

Does not increase performance.

These are only replacements for boots, and leave your stock XXX resiwiper seal in place wich is already sticky to begin with. They do not allow any type of radial movement, thus they begin to stretch over time as your fork stanctions push against them, leaving a gap and letting water and gunk in.
At first they did their Job scraping mud and gunk off the stanctions, nothing but a cosmetic improvment over boots though.
I used them for 3 months before they became unuseable and had to throw them away, which was an improvment to my ride as there was less dirt and mud getting caught on top of my resiwiper seals.
I cannot reccomend these products to anyone, as they are inferior to OEM boots, and are a complete waste of money.

Similar Products Used: Moutainspeed speed seals (great!)
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RATING
2
VALUE
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1
Lee Norton   Racer [Jul 19, 1999]

FORK WIPER PLUSES:- Allow for faster movement of your fork as boots tend to trap air slowing the fork action over stutter bumps.- Save a few grams in weight.- Look better than accordian boots.- Easier to clean and maintain on a regular basis to keep dirt out of the fork internals.- Easier to clean the outside of your fork.FORK WIPER MINUSES:- Although dirt will get under a boot (and you should lift and clean underneath) with a fork wiper the dirt hits your fork directly. Some dirt will get under the wiper, whatever brand you choose. Eventually, if you don't clean, this dirt will work under your fork seals. If you still don't clean you will be buying a new fork and maybe writing another negative report on fork wipers.CLEANING:I suggest the following cleaning method which doesn't take a lot of time, and if you clean this area as often as you clean/oil your chain, you should have no problems. (Assuming you clean/oil your chain.)Lift up your wiper and wipe inside clean with a rag.
Place lots of your favorite grease over your stock seals.
Push back your wipers. The grease, if placed sufficiently, should squeeze out between your fork and wiper, completely filling the void.
Wipe excess grease off.
Pump the fork up and down.
Wipe excess grease off.
Go riding.

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3
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Piranha   cross-country rider [Mar 23, 1998]

They work good for a while if you pack the void between the stock wiper and the White Bros wiper. That is until they stretch out. The groove packs with dirt and stretches out allowing dirt and H2o into the stock wiper seal. I'm on my second set and will go back to boots as soon as these go terminal.

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2
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San   racer [May 23, 1998]

Here it is, I'll keep it simple. The wipers are very good at keeping grit and grime out when new. I raced in several pits of mud that were supposed to be courses with no ill effects. However the boots don't fit as tight when they wear after time. What you need to do is either purchase some foam doughnuts (like the Mach 5 used under it's boots) or just make some yourself out of some medium to thick density foam. Put some Judy butter, teflon oil, or whatever gets you off on the doughnuts, insert them under the wipers and you're set. Obviously you will have to clean the doughnuts periodically. I personally didn't notice increased stiction, rather decreased friction but I don't run Judy butter on the uppers as I think it's slow. A good teflon (read Tri-Flow) lube is better in my opinion. I've never had any nasties INSIDE my fork. I think White Brothers should include foam/fabric wipers with this product.

OVERALL
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4
VALUE
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assclown   Cross Country Rider [Nov 02, 2000]
Strength:

None at all.

Weakness:

See Below

Don't even think about buying these things. I got mine pretty cheap, but they are still worthless. I figured that these wipers might do a better job at keeping the crud out of my seals on my Judy DH. I figured wrong. I feel really sorry for all of you guys that spent $20 or more for these. White Bros should be ashamed of themselves for making an inferior product. I couldn't get one of the wipers to seat properly on the lowers. What the hell? Might as well use nothing over my seals. I think I will give the Enduro-Wipers a try next. I heard that they actually work.

Similar Products Used: Stock RS fork boots
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1
VALUE
RATING
1
JOSE ORTIZ   Weekend Warrior [Aug 09, 2000]
Strength:

LOOK COOL AND ARE EFFECTIVE WHEN NEW AND SAVE A LITTLE WEIGHT.

Weakness:

A HASSLE TO INSTALL ON MY SID ,RIGHT SIDE WIPER STRECTHED OUT AND IM ONLY A WEEKEND RIDER WHO HAVE USED THESE WIPERS FOR 6 MONTHS.THE PRICE!!

LOOK COOL AT FIRST AND DO SCRAPE OF DIRT NICELY BUT THEY STRECTH OUT OVER TIME WHICH IF YOUR NOT ON TOP OF MAINTENANCE CAN DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD ESPECIALLY IF YOUR USING A ROCKSHOX.SAVE YOUR MONEY AND KEEP THE BOOTS !!!!!!

Similar Products Used: NONE
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
Jay   Cross Country Rider [Jul 02, 2000]
Strength:

Keeps crap out when new

Weakness:

Stretch out in sun

Very marginal performers! They stretch out in the sun and than hold dirt against your seals. However, when new they do help keep crap away from your seals. Very marginal products. Rock Shox wipers are better: long lasting.

Similar Products Used: Rock Shox shower caps
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
David   Racer [Jun 24, 2000]
Strength:

-Allows you to check travel
-Does a better job of keeping crap out of your fork than the stock boots

Weakness:

-If the inside of the wiper is not covered in grease, it affects the stroke of the fork greatly.

I got my moneys worth. Have not ran into any problems other than not keeping it greased 100% of the time. Do so, and you will not regret upraging those heavy, ugly boots.

Similar Products Used: None
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Will   [May 09, 2000]
Strength:

Keeps dirt out of my x-vert fork just fine.

Weakness:

None yet.

That reviewer "San" way down below had a great idea with putting foam wipers on underneath these. I was amazed how smooth some hand-made foam donuts made my fork--especially after I soaked them in 7.5 wt shock oil before tucking them under the wipers. This isn't a bad product for Manitous I found (somewhat to my amazement) that the grease under the seals was prefectly clean after 5 20-30 mile off road rides. They seem to let grease (Prep M at least)come out of the fork but they scrape the dirty mess right off. I've had a lot less grease migration since I put the foam in though. As for the price, you have to realize that these are really high precision moldings, they are perfectly round and the tolerances at the scraper edge are very high. $17 is not that much to pay for something that is obviously pure vanity--not that it is bad to love the way a bike looks!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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