When pulling the Shock Sox—“the 10-second removable fork seal protector”—out of the package, the first impression is that it almost certainly lives up to that marketing tagline.
Easy installatiom, simple solution
By Brad Whitworth
When pulling the Shock Sox—“the 10-second removable fork seal protector”—out of the package, the first impression is that it almost certainly lives up to that marketing tagline. The defining feature is the Velcro closure system that holds the Shock Sox onto your forks. It was obvious right then that this would make it great for easy installation and removal on my 2010 Honda CBR1000.
The idea of the Shock Sox is simple. It’s an elastic neoprene wrap that stops dust, grime and moisture before it can reach your fork seals and potentially cause a leak.
I’ve used a similar product in the past, but I had to remove my forks for installation. With the Shock Sox, I was able to just wrap it around my forks while they were still on the bike.
I tested the Shock Sox Street 6-inch “U” product, which is designed for upside-down/inverted-style forks.
After riding/testing the Shock Sox for just over 1,500 miles through city, desert and rain, the lower fork tube (stanchion) and the dust seal area were 100 percent spotless.
This product is a must for any and all street riders looking to protect their motorcycle’s fork seals. Variations of the product are available for the V-Twin market, as well for the dirt bike market.
As a bonus, the Shock Sox is easily removed and reinstalled for cleaning. It’s a simple solution that works. Unless you actually enjoy changing fork seals—and who does—give them a try.
Brad Whitworth is an independent AMA Member Tester.