What did you do with your Trials Bike today?

Discussion in 'Trials' started by Brewtus, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. Sting32

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    Here's a tip about the forks scratches. use a very fine, flat file only at the damaged areas to make SURE there is not any metal protruding out above the rest of the fork tube's surface. (I have a cheap set from harbor freight that I use, they are about 3.5 - 4 inch long). Do this carefully, just knocking down anything high. easier on the bench than on the bike... you dont want to file in the holes anyhow or the normal coating. Clean, and clean and clean again, using something like carb cleaner or lacquer thinner, dont let that touch your seals and dust covers of course...

    Fill the scratches, in layers with SUPER GLUE, using a toothpick you chew the end up to make like a brush... kind of like paint chip on a car...

    Do it in layers probably save you trying to get it perfect in one try... I think yo will find that the seals will still seal fairly well, what you have right now is holes that scoop tiny amounts of fork oil, as you get them deep spots filled they wont leak or barely leak...

    File off high spots carefully until you get it nice, I really hated seeing what looks like someone took sandpaper to it, but you migth end up ok...

    Yes, it is a tedious type of job, but fairly effective!

    Fork tubes just are not cheap.
  2. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    You cheap bastard, just buy new brake pads. And just put 4" PVC spacers in your forks, you don't need all that travel on a trials bike anyway.

    Sincerely

    Moose
  3. Sting32

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    Moose,

    I agree with the brake pads, they are what, 26-30 bucks? but I have soaked them shortly in brake cleaner, not sure that I feel like that helped at all either.

    the gouges or scratches are "mid travel" on the forks, clearly shown in pictures... {did you forget to put on your glasses?} :lol3 that leaves him with less than 3 inches travel though if he bothers to do what you suggest there, lol...
  4. DerViking

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    Brake pads, always a bummer. I have had a lot of luck with cooking them with a torch. Propane isn't really hot enough, MAPP is ok, a rosebud on a welding torch is the best. Grab a bit with vice grips, then get the pads totally red hot, for a couple of minutes, but avoid getting yellow or white. This will cook out most of the contamination. After they cool, I rub them on emery paper on a flat plate (ok, a chunk of window glass). This usually does the trick, though they will squeal a bit for a little while. We have used a Jetboil camp stove in a pinch.

    I find that brake cleaner makes things much worse for what ever reason.
  5. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    How dare you call me Moose.

    inside joke
  6. laser17

    laser17 Been here awhile

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    I agree. Brake cleaner is only good for when you get dot 4 on the rotors - keep it off the pads if you like a strong brake.
  7. lineaway

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    You order a new fender yet? Just so happen to have a brand new one! Red or Blue take your pick. Torch to the pads first, if that don`t work buy new ones`s. I might also have an old new set, I just have too dig. I take it the fork`s had a cover on them. Lightly sand and JB weld. Quick set is black. Sand to perfection and re`cover with fork skins. Looks like a nice Bike!!!
  8. lineaway

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    Great idea. Trouble is he would have to do both if he cares to match. Still might be worth it.
  9. nwcycle

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    , though they will squeal a bit for a little while. We have used a Jetboil camp stove in a pinch.
    If the pads squeal, just spray with LPS, Or WD40 Goes away quick.....:evil
  10. Wingboy

    Wingboy Been here awhile

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    A good hardchrome shop can match the original size no problem.The only thing they can't repair is a bend.I work in the Hydraulic service ind.Our tolerance for a rod rechrome is .001"
  11. Sting32

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    Sincerely? :rofl
  12. andrewgore

    andrewgore Gôremā

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    I attempted to save the pads as I was heading away with the bike last night and just wanted to make the,m work better until the new OK ones arrive. I tried to call Lewisportusa yesterday but only got the best signal.

    I've got a few plating contacts so I'll consult with them about the fork tubes.

    Lineaway, I'll shoot you a pm.

    Andrew

    PS
    Time to go ride in some snow.

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  13. PSchrauber

    PSchrauber Been here awhile

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    Mmmh ... that is new to me, the company where I have sended my bend and corroded stanchions where able to do both, alingning the tubes, (up to 1/500 in length), and rechroming them.

    They can even coat extra hard chrome layers if the scratches are really deep and have harmed the steelbody.

    Adress: http://www.wissinghartchrom.de/

    But certainly not a very cheap service arounf two third of the cost of a new pair of stanchions if they are still available.
    :norton
  14. Wingboy

    Wingboy Been here awhile

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    You're right.I'm thinking of solid rods,not thin wall tubes.They can be repaired.Thanks for correcting me.
  15. lineaway

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    I was not talking size that`s the easy part. I was talking appearance. The originals are not chrome colored, so would have to do both to match. So with shipping included, it might be cheaper to bite the bullet on new or try to patch and fill temp fix.
  16. Sting32

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    But it looks like a 99 or older oldstyle TXT, you would NOT sink money you never get back, would you?

    Patch it best you can, ride it... SOMEDAY, sell it to the next guy (who should be a buddy of yours you convince to start riding with you) sell it cheap, so you can get the next step up in used bike... Hell give it to him, cause you can have him chip in on gas to get to meets and practice, at rates gas prices are, you will make it back, then some!! Hehehheee
  17. Wingboy

    Wingboy Been here awhile

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    Hard chrome for a hydraulic rod like a fork doesn't have a polished shine to it.But it might be a bit different.
  18. lineaway

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    Your not paying attention to the bike. Those forks are almost black. One black, one chromed might look odd!
    So do you work in the field or a shop?
  19. PSchrauber

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    If you need the chrome colored this is an after treatment, the problem is to find a shop that do this here in Germany it is: http://www.inox-color.com/

    They color mainly stainless steel but do also color chrome, costs are about 5.00 €/kg net.
  20. UngaWunga

    UngaWunga Mosquito bait

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    You can also use nail polish or JB Weld to fill any divots after you file down the high spots.