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Twinkies
02-28-2010, 4:58 PM
can I just take my forks off, take them to a machine shop and have them shave off
my fender mounts and reflector recesses?
Or do the lower fork legs have to be taken off first...?
What should I expect to pay for this to be done (ballpark)?
or is there a way I can do this in the garage?
Thanks for any advice!

Punkskalar
02-28-2010, 5:16 PM
Lathe is nice, but forks are not usually that straight and round. Just trim off what you don't want with a hacksaw, use a file to blend it all in, and then polish, paint, whatever finish you want....


takes some time, but costs very little....

justin666
02-28-2010, 7:49 PM
flap wheel and some dedication and youll be set :)

danny
02-28-2010, 8:00 PM
Lathe is nice, but forks are not usually that straight and round. Just trim off what you don't want with a hacksaw, use a file to blend it all in, and then polish, paint, whatever finish you want....


takes some time, but costs very little....

Just did mine this way. I cut them with a hack saw and then I filed them down and did some sanding with a flap sanding wheel. Finished it off with a scotch-brite pad.They turned out pretty good.

philbey
02-28-2010, 8:03 PM
hmm going to have to get stuck into mine as well I reckon. It's only Aluminium so it can't be that hard.

ridemore16
02-28-2010, 8:06 PM
I've got a different front end coming this week and plan on trying this...got to do something while my frame is away at the powdercoaters!!!

Twinkies
03-01-2010, 10:24 AM
Alright, lets get hackin, grinding, and filing!

ridemore16
03-01-2010, 10:27 AM
Alright, lets get hackin, grinding, and filing!

be sure to take pictures Twinkies, my front end still hasn't shown up but I'm going to attack it when it shows up. let me know how it goes!

Twinkies
03-01-2010, 10:37 AM
you got it.. Im actually working and moving all this week so I wont be able to get started till Friday at the earliest.. I think I'll also shave some crap off my clutch and brake levers too while Im at it..

trnrover
03-01-2010, 3:06 PM
Alright, lets get hackin, grinding, and filing!

Thats how i did mine, trees too - hack saw , grinder , rasp, file, wet sand with WD-40 and 400 grit , polish. The trees were a bit rough on the thumbs i will say. http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx279/trnrover/11-18-09_0140.jpg http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx279/trnrover/02-09-10_1912.jpg http://i763.photobucket.com/albums/xx279/trnrover/02-09-10_1909.jpg

ridemore16
03-01-2010, 3:46 PM
^^^^looks great...I hope to have some good results as well.

Twinkies
03-21-2010, 8:20 PM
so I finally got around to it.. heres how it went down. Ignore my throttle cable hanging down and everything else wrong with the bike for now...

step 1, assess the situation
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f373/mightywhitey17/Fork%20legs/shavingforklegs030.jpg


step 2, tools!
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f373/mightywhitey17/Fork%20legs/shavingforklegs033.jpg

progress...
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f373/mightywhitey17/Fork%20legs/shavingforklegs034.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f373/mightywhitey17/Fork%20legs/shavingforklegs035.jpg

getting there... got a little close with the sawzall on the left fork leg.. cant tell? good....
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f373/mightywhitey17/Fork%20legs/shavingforklegs037.jpg

hit them with a flap wheel, 150 grit, then 500 grit..then polished
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f373/mightywhitey17/Fork%20legs/shavingforklegs038.jpg

The forks still have some file marks showing that I need to hit with the flap wheel and re-sand later. This bike will be torn apart for painting and polishing later so Im not too worried about it for now. It looks good from far, but far from good.. and thats how I roll so Im happy with it. If I had to do it again, I think Im going to find someone with a lathe!

Creedmore
03-21-2010, 10:56 PM
They turned out really good

caudills2
03-22-2010, 9:32 AM
turnovr what are those forks and clamps to begin with?

slimvulcanrider
03-22-2010, 4:34 PM
now you guys need to knock that polishing stuff off... now me has ideas

Sasquatch
03-23-2010, 7:39 PM
I used a 4 inch grinder a file and some time that is it.

trnrover
03-23-2010, 7:58 PM
turnovr what are those forks and clamps to begin with?

Stock Sporty from a 94.