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Any way to restore the lower fork legs? Mine are corroded from salt air ( original Florida bike ). It looks like they have a zinc coating or ??
How about spraying with an epoxy paint and clear coat?
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i've seen them painted and they look pretty good... i think if it was me i would powder coat them... hwta would it cost? 80 to pc and 20 for new fork oil?

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They just have a clear coat over the polished aluminum. You can remove it and polish them, and they'll look better than new. They will corrode, though, if you don't occasionally polish them.

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They just have a clear coat over the polished aluminum. You can remove it and polish them, and they'll look better than new. They will corrode, though, if you don't occasionally polish them.
I couldn't tell if they were coated with zinc or what. Maybe I will try to polish them with them on the bike using a drill and buffing wheel. and I could mask everything and spray with a clear coat.
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but that would require taking everything apart and ... I can do most repair work but never tried any fork work and am not confident.

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i've seen them painted and they look pretty good... i think if it was me i would powder coat them... hwta would it cost? 80 to pc and 20 for new fork oil?
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Here's a pic of mine with the clearcoat removed (I took it off about 10 years ago). I polish them with some aluminum polish 2 or 3 times a year, and they look pretty good to be 29 years old...


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Here's a pic of mine with the clearcoat removed (I took it off about 10 years ago). I polish them with some aluminum polish 2 or 3 times a year, and they look pretty good to be 29 years old...

looks like i have something to do this weekend myself...those look great

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Here's a pic of mine with the clearcoat removed (I took it off about 10 years ago). I polish them with some aluminum polish 2 or 3 times a year, and they look pretty good to be 29 years old...

I'm going to give it a go. Thanks.

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Any way to restore the lower fork legs? Mine are corroded from salt air ( original Florida bike ). It looks like they have a zinc coating or ??
How about spraying with an epoxy paint and clear coat?
Same thing happened to me on my 93 Sporty.
Take off the wheel and fender and mask everything else off.
Strip the reflectors off.
Then get some paint stripper and get all of the old clear coat off. Clean them up with ScotchBrite pads and WD-40.
After you put everything back together, you only need to wipe them down with WD-40 every once in a while to keep them looking good.

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