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Old 11-08-2012, 12:56 PM   #1
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So of course I have the gold forks and brakes. I'm getting ready to strip bike down to paint but I was wondering can forks be painted? Not really feeling the gold no more really. I know my brakes can be powercoated cuz I'm doing that but I haven't heard or seen anybody that talk about painting the forks a different color. Is it possible?
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:33 PM   #2
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Re: Paint Forks

I rattle canned a set of forks on an old dirtbike I had when i was a kid. The fork tubes are aluminum and paint doesnt stick well. upon installation the paint was scraped real bad. and looked like shit after a wreck or two. wouldn't recommend doing this obviously.

On topic... I would assume that you could powder coat these as well. It shouldn't be a problem. No significant heat is used in powder coating. Id Just make sure nothing gets on the inside of the tubes.
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Old 11-08-2012, 02:38 PM   #3
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Anodizing would be better. You would have to strip them first though. If this is a must for you, start looking around for shops that do this sort of thing. Not impossible to do yourself, but hard.
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:41 PM   #4
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^^^ I looked into it. The bushings aren't replaceable, and are steel. Makes anodizing a real pain. Not totally impossible, but you'll have to find a shop that really knows their shit to seal both ends so the bath can't get inside.
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^^^ I looked into it. The bushings aren't replaceable, and are steel. Makes anodizing a real pain. Not totally impossible, but you'll have to find a shop that really knows their shit to seal both ends so the bath can't get inside.
In that case; totally not worth it.
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Old 11-08-2012, 07:26 PM   #6
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Anodizing would be better. You would have to strip them first though. If this is a must for you, start looking around for shops that do this sort of thing. Not impossible to do yourself, but hard.
Depends... Anodizing is definitely better, but there is a seal ~25% down the tube that you can't remove, at least on my 06.

I ended up powder coating mine as well as the bottoms and the rear shock spring.

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Old 11-09-2012, 04:12 PM   #7
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Depends... Anodizing is definitely better, but there is a seal ~25% down the tube that you can't remove, at least on my 06.

I ended up powder coating mine as well as the bottoms and the rear shock spring.

that looks amazing!
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:25 PM   #8
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Wow sick !!!!!!!!!
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:10 PM   #9
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No chaffing or rubbing when powdercoating? I thought bought trying that.


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Old 11-10-2012, 11:34 PM   #10
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Thanks guys.
I wasn't the one who installed them, I had a lot of stuff powder coated and anodized...
My go to guy did everything.
I can tell you that there isn't a single scratch on them.

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