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Discussion in 'Oakley X-Metal Discussion' started by MAGNUS, 3/7/14.
When you buy a rubber kit. Does it come with gaskets?
No. At least not OEM ones.
No gaskets and no temple shocks, just earstems and the small and large nose bombs.
So you have to contact Oakley to get them.
Some people claim to have gotten gaskets that way but mostly you have to send your glasses in for a "tune up" and then they will replace them.
Correct, the Oakley replacement kits only have earsocks and nosebombs. Those are the only pieces that contact your face/head when wearing so I guess the kit assumes those are the only pieces that will wear out...
Alternatively, you could go 3rd party i.e. LineGear for individual pieces or full sets of rubbers and gaskets. They're not quite as "grippy" as OEM but they're pretty good, make of silicone. Many more color choices, too. I'm using half a dozen sets of LG rubbers and have been happy.
I wouldn't go 3rd party for replacement lenses, though - stick with OEM, custom cuts if that's the only way. It's worth the money.
Oh yeah, for replacement gaskets, you could also try posting a WTB in the exchange, sometimes people have some extras they're willing to part with.
Thanks Every one. Kronos how do the after market rubber kits hold up over time? Do they have a green kit, that is as green as the green ichiro ear socks?
Have you tried asking your local Ostore?
I went to mine a while back and they had take off gaskets from a warranty pair... Cost me a big ol' goose egg!
Uh, by "Kronos" do you mean me?
Well, they're silicone. Not indestructible, but a longer lasting material than everyday rubber. The biggest risk is installing the earsocks in the first place, if you bunch them up too much they can split (or so it says in the directions from LG; didn't happen to me). Use a drop of gel hand sanitizer on the end of the earstem before installing and it works as lube, no problem, dries nice and tight.
One big difference between LG orbital gaskets and OEM is that the OEM gaskets are more of a hard plastic than unobtainium. The LG gaskets are the same silicone as the rest of the kit so you can squish them down too much by overtightening. Just make sure they're tight enough to not come loose but not so tight you can't see them...
Yes, they have green, but I don't have any ichiros to compare them to firsthand. Search the forum, there might be some comparison pics (I know there are some comparing LG purple to OEM IH purple somewhere).
Here's my set with LG green:
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