Fitting Rubber Gear boot / Replacent Fuel Vale

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Fitting Rubber Gear boot / Replacent Fuel Vale

Post by christmas1 » Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:56 am

Hi I am trying to replace the old rubber boots on the 3 gear levers of my 880. Is there a trick to getting the Boot over the bottom lip? I have removed knobs and slid down shaft but it seem extremely tight to get over the lower lip.

Also have a leaky Fuel valve, tried to soften cork to no avail, is there a supplier of new valves with the correct thread etc for a straight swap. I an thinking of just silver soldering the brass valve in the open position to stop the leaking???

Thanks in anticipation.

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RE: Fitting Rubber Gear boot / Replacent Fuel Vale

Post by mistermcgregor » Thu Nov 24, 2016 4:32 pm

New seals are available for the fuel tap from

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RE: Fitting Rubber Gear boot / Replacent Fuel Vale

Post by JamesF » Thu Nov 24, 2016 10:31 pm

Put the gear lever gaiters in some hit water to soften them up. This should make them much easier to fit

The cork fuel tap seals from are very good.

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Post by DB780 » Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:09 am

I used a length of 1/8ins welding rod with a hook bent onto one end. It is important that the end of hook be well rounded with no sharp edges or points. Smear grease on the inside of the gaiter and gently pull it over the lip with the hook. You may find it easier to remove the gear lever to do this.

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Post by case-ih1594 » Fri Nov 25, 2016 9:01 am

Hi, you may find that making the boots easier to get on, makes them easier to get off. In other words they may keep sliding off once fitted. I think some original ones has a metal crimp ring to hold them in place, but otherwise regular gear changing may cause them to slide off over time. I have seen Jubilee clips used, but these can be over tightened and may end up pushing the boot off. It may be best to install, and fit a clip (if you do) to the boot when it is in the gear where it will spend most of its time, if that makes sense.

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