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Old 08-26-2005, 03:38 AM
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Exclamation How to get scratches out of fork tubes?

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Last night I installed some new turn signal mounts that install between the triple trees. They are a solid piece that required me to slide the tubes down and out of the top triple tree clamp to slip the bracket over the tube and down onto the lower triple tree.
Problem is, even thought I tried to open the triple tree clamp as far as posssible, the fork tubes got scratched pretty badly.
Is there anything that can be used to remove these scratches? A smooth grade sandpaper maybe? SOS pad perhaps?
I just don't want to bugger the finish anymore than they already are.

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Old 08-26-2005, 03:50 AM
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Chrome does`nt polish like alloy due to its hard finish, I would think by trying to flat the scratches you will cause more problems, maybe a re chromer will know of a way to reduce the marks? not much help but a difficult one really.
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Old 08-26-2005, 04:25 AM
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Chrome does`nt polish like alloy due to its hard finish, I would think by trying to flat the scratches you will cause more problems, maybe a re chromer will know of a way to reduce the marks? not much help but a difficult one really.
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But, my fork tubes aren't chromed. They are standard aluminum just like everyone elses.
That is why I was thinking(hoping) they could be removed with a brillo pad or a mild sandpaper.
But, like I said, I REALLY have no idea.
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Old 08-26-2005, 04:37 AM
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So far, my remedies have been: remove the scratches, buy fork tube covers-billet or leather.
I would probably go with the leather covers, but have yet to find any online.
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Old 08-26-2005, 04:40 AM
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O.K. last post from me on this... ...anyway, how about a Dremel? Is there anytype of attachment that comes with it that applies a good polishing effort?
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But, my fork tubes aren't chromed. They are standard aluminum just like everyone elses.
That is why I was thinking(hoping) they could be removed with a brillo pad or a mild sandpaper.
But, like I said, I REALLY have no idea.
I don`t understand, most fork tubes I`ve seen are chrome, the legs are alloy, unless they are upside downers. But anyway if you want to polish alloy, providing it is not laquered you can wet flat with med to fine grade working to ultra fine and polish with Peek or Solvol. SORRY!!
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they are industrial hard chrome like a wrench
4130 chromemoly steel

unless its an inverted front end
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Old 08-26-2005, 05:10 AM
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I don`t understand, most fork tubes I`ve seen are chrome, the legs are alloy, unless they are upside downers. But anyway if you want to polish alloy, providing it is not laquered you can wet flat with med to fine grade working to ultra fine and polish with Peek or Solvol. SORRY!!
Maybe my terminology is incorrect.
I have a regular fork set-up and am referring to the upper part as the fork legs or tubes. The lower part(chromed) I refer to as fork lowers.
So, I believe I am correct in that the fork lowers yes are chrome. but the fork tubes are what...aluminum?
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Old 08-26-2005, 05:16 AM
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they are industrial hard chrome like a wrench
4130 chromemoly steel

unless its an inverted front end
either use chrome polish or spin the legs so the worst scratches point back towards the neck
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Old 08-26-2005, 05:20 AM
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Yes, may be terminology.
Perhaps a photo would clarify things ...?
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Old 08-26-2005, 05:21 AM
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either use chrome polish or spin the legs so the worst scratches point back towards the neck
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I scratched the shit out of the top tubes of my inverted forks when installing them.
There was no way I was getting them out. So my wife went to the fabric store and got some leather type material and sewed velcro strips on them to make wraps. It worked great. Here's a picture. I don't any close up pics of them right now but you can see in this photo.
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Old 08-26-2005, 05:29 AM
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Old 08-26-2005, 05:30 AM
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I scratched the shit out of the top tubes of my inverted forks when installing them.
There was no way I was getting them out. So my wife went to the fabric store and got some leather type material and sewed velcro strips on them to make wraps. It worked great. Here's a picture. I don't any close up pics of them right now but you can see in this photo.
Now that's the shit!
That is EXACTLY of what I was thinking to do!
Too bad my wife can't sew worth a crap.
I'll give er a try myself.
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Old 08-26-2005, 06:22 AM
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How's this?
Chrome.

If it were just polished aluminum, you have chance to cut it down by going 400, 600, 800, 1500, and then polishing compound to remove the scratches or at least render them invisible to those not looking. Chrome complicates it.

You can make covers like that w/out too much effort or a wife that can sew worth a shit. Determine the circumference of your tubes and then cut two equal pieces of leather to the correct legnth. Punch 'em for laces and then lace 'em up like you would clutch/brake covers. Creativity is the only thing holding you back on that.
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