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Post  stretchie_ on Tue Aug 28 2012, 17:00

Amongst other stuff, I planned to tidy up my forks this weekend whilst changing the springs. I decided to completely strip them down to clean rather than just mask off and paint.

Nice forks eh... The other side is nearly as bad, and this is AFTER a clean up



I took them off the bike and stripped them, euurgh



Masked them off and took my blast gun to them, never used it before, I never got around to finishing my blast cabinet so just put a load of tarp up and had a go outside the garage



It's good fun, but REALLY need to finish the cabinet as lost all that media that could have been reused several times if it was in a cabinet. It did the job though




Then I just applied four or five layers of grey primer, satin black paint and then laquer (all of which were 500ml spray cans from Halfords, so not cheap, looking forward to having a go using my paint gun and compressor).

Will put pick up of painted forks later, I forgot to take one yesterday. The only problem is, I buggered one of the oil seals when putting them in so just waiting for replacements in the post.

I currently have one shiny, nice looking thing on my whole bike... my right hand fork lower.

The worst part is, the brake caliper looks REALLY bad next to it, so I want to do the same to the calipers, and I might aswell do the same to the swingarm eh.... And if I actually make it that far, it would be stupid not to take the engine covers off and do them next time I do an oil change...

However, if I go to all that trouble I might as well sort the paint out for the fairings, but then the downpipes would need a good polish before I did that...


HOLY CRAP... I'm starting to care about how the bike looks wall book me in for a head feeling test and a course in bike washing. Rosco, I'm sorry, I have let you down
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Re: Nice forks

Post  Guest on Tue Aug 28 2012, 20:56

Bet they will look smashing when its all done and always the problem when you started something you just want to keep going and going especially when you have a new toy Laughing
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Re: Nice forks

Post  stretchie_ on Wed Aug 29 2012, 10:09

The after picture, seal driver and oil seals not appeared yet but here is the loose fork



Looking much better than it did
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Re: Nice forks

Post  Rosco on Wed Aug 29 2012, 11:48

Oh for fork sake - You've let yourself go Dan.

I'm still proud of you though.

Looking good - the fork that is - you're beautiful........ly average.
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Re: Nice forks

Post  stretchie_ on Fri Aug 31 2012, 09:42

Well my fork seal driver turned up on Wednesday and the fork seals turned up today so will get a pic up either tonight or tomorrw of the forks on the bike to see how you think they look and if you think the swingarm would look good in the same colour.

Also I'll treat you too a pic of the seal driver, everyone likes looking at new tools right?

Or is it just me?
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Re: Nice forks

Post  stretchie_ on Tue Sep 04 2012, 14:24

I forgot, here are the forks in situ




and the new tool







It's good but I did have trouble with getting the seal in level, but as this was my first go I am not sure if that is due to the tool, user error or a problem with the fork. Will let you know next time I have to do fork seals
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Re: Nice forks

Post  YZFJohn on Tue Sep 04 2012, 15:32

I'm sure that last picture is going to incurr some inuendo comments! pmsl

Nice job though! Oh, is that one? rofl
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