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TOPIC: Fork Tube Hard Chroming

Fork Tube Hard Chroming 13 Jan 2016 20:21 #41

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Well from the pictures they look one heck of a lot better. On the pits if they are in the travel area do you think they are deep enough that they will wear out the seals???? or are they pretty smooth.

t6

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Fork Tube Hard Chroming 13 Jan 2016 20:33 #42

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Mike Shingler & Steve F have a set installed on 1971 CT1C / 1974 DT 250A - I have not heard them mention any leaks. This is just my speculation...(have not ridden yet with them installed).

The minor pits are mostly cosmetic. His main business is hydraulic cylinders. Having been working on hydraulics (Forklifts etc), for almost 14 years, I can say most equipment they don't care if there is very minor pitting. All they care about is leaking. If his company sent out cylinders that leaked I don't see how he could continue to fund his shop, chemicals, and employees.

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Fork Tube Hard Chroming 13 Jan 2016 20:44 #43

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For anyone near Kansas, I found (20 minutes away from my home) a fine Hard Chrome company in McPherson, KS. They did great work of spinning my original tubes, and chroming them....not real cheap, but excellent work. If interested, email me.
Jim

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Fork Tube Hard Chroming 13 Jan 2016 21:10 #44

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I worked in a major railroad wheel and axle shop. They would cut bad axles down below spec and hardplate them back to spec. They had to be smooth no pitting. I cant see why the same process could not be used to restore fork tubes eliminateing the pits.

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Fork Tube Hard Chroming 13 Jan 2016 21:22 #45

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Couldn't help but chime in here, I've put about 150 mi on my DT250A since rebuild and am not experiencing any leakage yet... :likey
Next summer,(2016), will be the tell all. I'm refinishing another 250A, for the Mrs.& I'm sure the miles will stack up.
Will report any leaks if they happen......
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Fork Tube Hard Chroming 29 Jan 2019 08:26 #46

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Hello Steve - Just to be clear, you sent these forks to the Mesquite, Texas Chrome replater at a cost of $80 per set ( 2 fork tubes complete)? He is just up the road from me (maybe 30 minutes away) and I also have a 74 DT250 and a 74 360 I would like to have him do. If me meeting him in person and discussing the potential opportunity he has with our larger group who would be willing to use his service helps with the quality of work we would all hope for then I am all in...

Thoughts?
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Fork Tube Hard Chroming 29 Jan 2019 09:13 #47

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Still no leaks & plating is holding just fine.

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Fork Tube Hard Chroming 29 Jan 2019 09:25 #48

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Great looking bike Steve F.
I like to see people willing to "make it their own" instead of everything having to be "correct".
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Fork Tube Hard Chroming 29 Jan 2019 16:26 #49

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Great news on those forks holding up and now want to check these guys out for some work. Very nice job with your DT 250! Would want to give it a close look at the gas station if you pulled up haha, like you are probably used to.....

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Fork Tube Hard Chroming 31 Jan 2019 14:21 #50

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Hey Devin how in the world do you get the spanner ring off the bottom of the ct1 tubes. I tried a spanner spreader and cant get it off.

t6

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