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Old 08-26-2005, 09:18 AM
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I do lots of polishing at work.
If it's aluminum or Stainless steel, you can polish it until it has a mirror finish. But it will take a lot of work and it will make a big ass mess.
If it is really scratched or ruff I would start with scotch brite (usually white). Then get a buffing wheel either for your bench grinder, or you can get one that fits your die grinder. Then use jewelers rouge. I use red rouge with most projects. But white is supposed to be for stainless steel. Polish until you get the finish you like, it can polish as shiney as chrome. Although I don't think you can use this method on chrome plating (because it is PLATING which is very thin).
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Old 08-26-2005, 09:18 AM
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black bandana 2 bucks then grab a few beers get hammered fire the bike after drunk pull the throttle real hard listen to the sound then tell me if a few scratches really bother you
if they look close at the scratches slam there fuckin head into yer trees till they bleed
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SIck is right, and he should know, HE is strictly HARDCORE !!

Get some Garnet sandpaper, say about 80 grit and wrap your hands around the tube and have at it, I'd say 20 minutes each side should do it, kinda like its your pud !

Now you will have that "industrial" scratched look and both sides will match. Kinda like the "exile" look.

Also, do like SIckchoppers does, when your done riding, just get off the bike and throw it down like a bicycle when you were a kid.....who need a kickstand !!!!!!

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As Gypsy said, get a magnet and see if it's aluminum or steel.
Very simple to do. Then you know who's right.
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Old 08-26-2005, 11:40 AM
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Hey einstein, I called 3 different shops- 1 HD, 1 BDM, 1 independent...they all said the same thing= ALUMINUM! So, I guess you fuckin know-it-alls are NOT as wise as you think!


thats a pretty good cross section of the industry, nice gathering of experts.

ok...fork tubes are aluminum, i was lying the whole time, guess this time i got caught!

what they didnt tell you is that some of the less expensive ones are made out of PVC...then painted with chrome spray paint, but you can usually tell those from the good ones when the paint starts fading. some of the mexican tubes are actually a mixture of straw and mud, called adobe...those really arent worth owning for the street tho, mostly just dirtbike applications(and show bike type stuff).

ive been telling folks that(bout the steel) for years, never been caught like that before(the magnet thing is just a parlour trick)...sometimes i go farther and say expensive forks are covered in titanium nitride, but thats when im really tellin fish stories!

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ok...fork tubes are aluminum, i was lying the whole time, guess this time i got caught!

what they didnt tell you is that some of the less expensive ones are made out of PVC...then painted with chrome spray paint, but you can usually tell those from the good ones when the paint starts fading. some of the mexican tubes are actually a mixture of straw and mud, called adobe...those really arent worth owning for the street tho, mostly just dirtbike applications(and show bike type stuff).

ive been telling folks that(bout the steel) for years, never been caught like that before(the magnet thing is just a parlour trick)...sometimes i go farther and say expensive forks are covered in titanium nitride, but thats when im really tellin fish stories!

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Old 08-26-2005, 12:03 PM
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as far as taking fine scratches, i called the h-d shop, bdm, and an independant shop and they all concurred...rub it briskly with a red brick, but put shaving cream or a soap lather on it so the abrasives dont go away till your done.

cover the area so you cant see the fork tube anymore, and go to it with the brick and a little elbow grease, take a look after about 5 minutes...they all said you may have to use a degreaser to clean the mess

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Old 08-26-2005, 12:43 PM
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That's some funny shit Gypsy
I've seen some of the asian ones made of bamboo
and some african ones made of bone both wrapped with aluminum foil. Be careful where your parts are mede.
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Old 08-26-2005, 01:08 PM
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Too funny Gypsy

I can't believe it takes 3 pages of posts to figure this out. Gypsy, you would probably know this: Have they EVER made telescopic fork tubes out of anything else? I know the coating/plating might vary but I've never heard of tubes being made from anything other than steel. Unless I'm mistaken? I'm just trying to figure out why anyone would suggest otherwise.
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i'm sure somewhere down the line stainless most likely got tried.

i have actually seen them made out of stacked tomatoes, and back years ago, if i remember right, easyrider ran one made out of compressed fish eyes. i myself have experimented with stringing shipping popcorn on a welding rod, but found it slightly squirrely in the hard corners!

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Can a bike run with scratched fork tubes? There is no way that can be safe!
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Old 08-26-2005, 01:57 PM
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All I tried to do was give a guy some help, he obviously does`nt know his onions, or he`d know the difference between fork tubes and fork legs, and chrome and alloy, should probably stick to plastic you can`t mistake that!, or can you?
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Old 08-26-2005, 03:58 PM
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just fuggin with you eric 107 i think it is a miscommunication over terms. the part in your box is the tube, the aluminum part at the bottom is the slider
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Old 08-26-2005, 05:59 PM
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I've seen some of the asian ones made of bamboo
and some african ones made of bone both wrapped with aluminum foil.
Yeah, those african ones use the tinfoil to distort the outerspace radio waves, so the aliens can't determine what the tubes are made out of. Everyone knows that all they want to do is copy our stuff.
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Old 08-26-2005, 08:16 PM
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i'm sure somewhere down the line stainless most likely got tried.

i have actually seen them made out of stacked tomatoes, and back years ago, if i remember right, easyrider ran one made out of compressed fish eyes. i myself have experimented with stringing shipping popcorn on a welding rod, but found it slightly squirrely in the hard corners!

thanks for the enquiry,
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and i thought you knew your shit...the best material to build front forks is 3/4" Galvanized Electrical Conduit
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Gypsy, you kill me man. Have you made a decision on the little project I have.
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