XS650 - Dust boots and Oil Seals

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Looks right, most places sell the EMGO aftermarket seals. The dust boots are a crapshoot due to rubber quality but should last a few years under normal conditions.
 

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https://www.mikesxs.net/all-balls-racing-fork-and-dust-seal-kit-fits-kawasaki-kh400-yamaha-dt250-dt400-rd400-xs650.html?fits-motorcycle=Yamaha/XS650/all-models/1976
The link URL indicates that the seals are All Balls, a good, reputable brand. As said, the dust boots are a crapshoot.
 

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Odd.... the Mikes link has "all balls r" in the address, but no mention at all about All Balls on their page. I suspect they're not All Balls.
I put the All Balls seal kit in my bike about 5 yrs ago. So far so good.

...and, you can order direct from them.
https://www.allballsracing.com/56-177.html


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The part # is the same? But I guess that doesn't mean they are really All Balls. Personally, I do away with the dust boots and add gaiters instead. I like the look and the protection against dirt and fork tube damage is better.

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I use boots made for truck shocks. They are very well made and last forever. I've had some on a couple different bikes for near 20 years and they're still holding up fine with no signs of deterioration or wear. I get the Daystar brand, usually less than $10 a pair .....

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I use boots made for truck shocks. They are very well made and last forever. I've had some on a couple different bikes for near 20 years and they're still holding up fine with no signs of deterioration or wear. I get the Daystar brand, usually less than $10 a pair ...
Where are you getting them for that price? Sure that wasn’t pre-Covid price? Lol
 

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Well yes, I'm sure they went up, lol. But you can still find them pretty reasonably priced if you shop around .....

https://www.summitracing.com/search/part-type/shock-boots-and-bellows?N=brand:daystar

I use the Daystar brand because I know they fit perfectly. The bottom is a perfect fit on the 650 fork lower, and the smaller top is a perfect fit on the tube. And yes, they are a bit too long, but being tapered, it's easy to cut the perfectly fitting top and one bellow off, and then remove 3 or 4 more bellows to shorten them to the exact length you need ......

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Then you simply insert that top and it's small bellow into the larger bellow of the shortened part. Since they taper, that bellow is larger and the small top one fits perfectly within it. It's a friction fit, no glue or anything required .....

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They fit so well you don't even need clamps but I usually do put some on the bottom, just snug and mostly fit looks.
 
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