CUTHBERT'S KINGPIN GAITERS
donated by Cuthbert Twillie May, 21, 2003 from his book "A Yank in Malvern".
PLEASE mention Cuthbert (alias Gary Bell) if you copy or republish his ideas. He has done so much for all of us and it is unfair to deny him credit for it.

I like the idea of  kingpin gaiters, though I can't decide whether the leather or the "Sunbrella" would be the better material. Either one is better than absolutely nothing protecting the lower end of the king-pin where most of the wear occurs. Grit enters at the bottom and becomes a grinding paste, quickly wearing away at the mild steel kingpins. I came up with this idea thirty years ago.

I've seen suggestions for nylon seals below the lower bush to keep out the grime and grit. I won't bad mouth the nylon seal idea, but the leather or "Sunbrella" gaiter is ever-so-much easier to install. A piece of "Sunbrella" 3 1/2" by 6" will cover the lower or rebound spring, and a piece 10" by 10" will cover the main spring. Both of these dimensions allow a half inch to hem all the edges and an inch to sew on the "Velcro" that fastens the gaiters to themselves. Before sewing the Velcro, make sure the fit is perfect on your springs.
 
 

P.S. Update 2003. Thinking I was so...o..o.. o clever, I told my brand new best friend Lorne Goldman (webmaster of www.gomog.com) about the gaiters. He's tried my idea and likes it! He tried a number of different materials and confirms that leather is the best bet. Vinyl cracked and mohair rotted. Cost of these things is really only time, a bit of Velcro and scrap leather. Maybe $1 in total.

N.B. I also found that the top gaiter is unnecessary. Webmaster
 

RUTHERFORD REBOUND GAITERS
by Lorne Goldman September 2009
 
Rebound gaiters can help preserve the front end, especially for those of who aren't too fussy about keeping the area clean. Their goal is to  keep grease in and the grit/water out. However, many homemade gaiters can actually do the opposite. Grit and water enters at pressured speed and is held there. Then they cannot easily be removed with the gaiter in the way. If you use one of these, I strongly suggest that the gaiter be removed frequently and the grit thoroughly washed out. I have seen many gaiter efforts that would have been better left off. 

Here (to the right) is something professionally designed and made. David Rutherford, the Morgan suspension guru, fit them over the rebound springs at installation. They ideally did the trick, were minimalist and looked good. They cost very little. They may be still available from New Elms. They took over Rutherford's supply.

I stopped using fabric or any gaiters on both my Morgans a few years ago. With hardchromed kingpins  and regular cleaning (pressure spray) and greasing, they became more of an unsightly affectation than useful. Lorne Goldman
 


 

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