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GURU
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I have a 2000 zx7r that I'm turning into a fighter. The fork width is 52mm.....does anyone know what other bikes have 52mm forks? I would like to swap them out for some that aren't gold.
 

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Eff Tee Pee
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hmmmm... i know i measured a bunch of forks earlier this year for a possible product....

let me dig up that sheet.
 

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if you just want to change the color, you can strip the anodizing off with oven cleaner, or aircraft stripper. you'll end up with bare aluminum, which you could polish, or just clearcoat the bare aluminum if you want a look like most any other silver fork finish.
 

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I'm the total opposite. I have the aluminum color but want gold. I know I can just get the 1000 gsxr forks, but then I have to deal with getting a new fender and messing with the calipers to fit properly.

If I can get a decent price, I'll get them anodized along with my dogbones and rear sprocket.
 

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enrico vespa said:
I'm the total opposite. I have the aluminum color but want gold. I know I can just get the 1000 gsxr forks, but then I have to deal with getting a new fender and messing with the calipers to fit properly.

If I can get a decent price, I'll get them anodized along with my dogbones and rear sprocket.
i've never had anodizing done on anything before. what does that stuff usually cost anyway? black anodizing just looks so cool, i may have to try that sometime.
 

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skr00zloose said:
if you just want to change the color, you can strip the anodizing off with oven cleaner, or aircraft stripper. you'll end up with bare aluminum, which you could polish, or just clearcoat the bare aluminum if you want a look like most any other silver fork finish.
You can strip off the gold anodizing? Hmmmm.....I didn't think that was possible.
 

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trav72 said:
You can strip off the gold anodizing? Hmmmm.....I didn't think that was possible.

i'm assuming we're talking about the fork outers, not the stanction tubes. yes, you can strip anodizing. sometimes it can leave the surface a lil rough, depending on how deep the anodizing was to begin with. usually able to clean it up real nice with nothing more than a scotch brite pad. a good strong oven cleaner should do the job no problem. just make sure you strip the forks apart before you soak them in the oven cleaner, as it'll eat the rubber seals and dust boots. some people use different acids too (a mixture of chromic acid and phosporic acid), but i tend to do things as inexpensively as i can, and oven cleaner does the job for less money.
 

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skr00zloose said:
i've never had anodizing done on anything before. what does that stuff usually cost anyway? black anodizing just looks so cool, i may have to try that sometime.
I know 2 guys that powdercoated their forks black. Looked pretty good.

With anodizing, the prices depend on where you go. Anodizing shops charge by the rack.

They have a rack that gets dipped into a tub. Everything gets dyed at the same time. Usually it's between $150-$250.

If a bike shop gets a hold of you? They'll charge $200 just for the forks and $25 for each lil miscellaneus part. Thats if you take the fork tubes off and walk in after taking the fork tubes apart and just have the upper tube(USD) without the internals.

Now when I called a few anodizing shops last month, they were all interested and answered my questions until they asked where this aluminum tube is for. Most places won't touch it since they don't want the liability if the guy goes down and blames the anodizing.
 

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enrico vespa said:
I know 2 guys that powdercoated their forks black. Looked pretty good.

With anodizing, the prices depend on where you go. Anodizing shops charge by the rack.

They have a rack that gets dipped into a tub. Everything gets dyed at the same time. Usually it's between $150-$250.

If a bike shop gets a hold of you? They'll charge $200 just for the forks and $25 for each lil miscellaneus part. Thats if you take the fork tubes off and walk in after taking the fork tubes apart and just have the upper tube(USD) without the internals.

Now when I called a few anodizing shops last month, they were all interested and answered my questions until they asked where this aluminum tube is for. Most places won't touch it since they don't want the liability if the guy goes down and blames the anodizing.
thanks for the info. i had no idea about the rack pricing. good to know. i wonder if i could get my frame, forks, swingarm, and subframe on the same rack, lol. then it might be worth $200.


oh, and never will a bike shop touch anything on any of my bikes :D
 

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skr00zloose said:
i'm assuming we're talking about the fork outers, not the stanction tubes. yes, you can strip anodizing. sometimes it can leave the surface a lil rough, depending on how deep the anodizing was to begin with. usually able to clean it up real nice with nothing more than a scotch brite pad. a good strong oven cleaner should do the job no problem. just make sure you strip the forks apart before you soak them in the oven cleaner, as it'll eat the rubber seals and dust boots. some people use different acids too (a mixture of chromic acid and phosporic acid), but i tend to do things as inexpensively as i can, and oven cleaner does the job for less money.
Cheak out this guide to de-anodizing

http://oldskoolsuzuki.info/

it's under lees articles
 

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enrico vespa said:
I'm the total opposite. I have the aluminum color but want gold. I know I can just get the 1000 gsxr forks, but then I have to deal with getting a new fender and messing with the calipers to fit properly.
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thats a very popular mod for sv riders isnt it?? i know that Suzi, skimps out on the sv's suspension so tons of people upgrade to that of the gsxr's. so youd get better handling, steering, AND look pimping. how could you go wrong.

find someone parting out a bike and just get the whole front end. . youd be styling with that setup.



I cant find that fuckin list of fork diameters..hang on.
 

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Eff Tee Pee
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found a chart here that gives fork sizes for clipon applications.
http://www.woodcraft-cfm.com/clipon-chart.htm


Aprilia
RS250 50
Mille 53
Mille R 51
Factory R 51

Buell
M2 Cyclone 43
S1, S2 (95-98) 54
Firebolt 54

Ducati
750/900SS 50
Monster 50
748/916/996 53

Honda

CBR600 F1/F2 41
CBR600F3 41
CBR600F4/F4i 43
Hawk 650 41
CBR900RR (93-99) 45
CBR929/954 50
RC51 50
VTR1000 41
CBR600RR (03-04) 45
CBR600RR (05) 48
CBR1000RR (04) 50

Ohlins
Superbike Forks 96-03 53.5
Pre-95 Superbike Forks 51
Superbike Forks 04+ 52

White Bros
Superbike Forks 54
Kawasaki

EX250 EX36
EX500 (87-93) EX36
EX500 (94+) EX37
ZX6E (93+) 41
ZX6R (95-97) 41
ZX6R (98-02) 46
ZX6RR/636 (03+) 50
ZX7R (91+) 52
ZX9R (94-97) 52
ZX9R (98+) 46
ZX10R (04+) 50
ZRX1100/1200 46

Suzuki

GS500 37
GSXR600 (94-96) 50
GSXR600 (97-03) 45
GSXR600 (04+) 50
GSXR750 (93-95) 50
GSXR750 (96+) 50
GSXR1000 (01-04) 50/49
GSXR1000 (05) 50
GSXR1100 50
SV650 41
SV1000 (03+) 46
TL1000S/R 50

Yamaha

TZ250 TZ52
FZR400,600 38
R6 (99-04) 43
R6 (05) 50
YZF750 50
R1 50


*looks like the only 52's are the zx7 and zx9.
 

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929_adam said:
thats a very popular mod for sv riders isnt it?? i know that Suzi, skimps out on the sv's suspension so tons of people upgrade to that of the gsxr's. so youd get better handling, steering, AND look pimping. how could you go wrong.

find someone parting out a bike and just get the whole front end. . youd be styling with that setup.



I cant find that fuckin list of fork diameters..hang on.
I was looking for a bit for the 1000's but it's a pain to actually find a complete set. Then I'd have to get rid of the ones I have.

The good- Mine are lighter than the 1000's, they're already on.

The not so bad- the radial brakes on the 1000's are better.

Thedecision breaker was remembering when I swapped out my old forks and put on the current ones. Lifting that bike was a pita. I had hooks on the ceiling, 2x4's, ladders, it was a mess. But once the bike was up, it was simple, unbolt the old forks and slide up the new lower trips.

Plus I already bought caliper paint for my brakes.
 

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so your keeping them?
 

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GURU
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929_adam said:
found a chart here that gives fork sizes for clipon applications.
http://www.woodcraft-cfm.com/clipon-chart.htm


Aprilia
RS250 50
Mille 53
Mille R 51
Factory R 51

Buell
M2 Cyclone 43
S1, S2 (95-98) 54
Firebolt 54

Ducati
750/900SS 50
Monster 50
748/916/996 53

Honda

CBR600 F1/F2 41
CBR600F3 41
CBR600F4/F4i 43
Hawk 650 41
CBR900RR (93-99) 45
CBR929/954 50
RC51 50
VTR1000 41
CBR600RR (03-04) 45
CBR600RR (05) 48
CBR1000RR (04) 50

Ohlins
Superbike Forks 96-03 53.5
Pre-95 Superbike Forks 51
Superbike Forks 04+ 52

White Bros
Superbike Forks 54
Kawasaki

EX250 EX36
EX500 (87-93) EX36
EX500 (94+) EX37
ZX6E (93+) 41
ZX6R (95-97) 41
ZX6R (98-02) 46
ZX6RR/636 (03+) 50
ZX7R (91+) 52
ZX9R (94-97) 52
ZX9R (98+) 46
ZX10R (04+) 50
ZRX1100/1200 46

Suzuki

GS500 37
GSXR600 (94-96) 50
GSXR600 (97-03) 45
GSXR600 (04+) 50
GSXR750 (93-95) 50
GSXR750 (96+) 50
GSXR1000 (01-04) 50/49
GSXR1000 (05) 50
GSXR1100 50
SV650 41
SV1000 (03+) 46
TL1000S/R 50

Yamaha

TZ250 TZ52
FZR400,600 38
R6 (99-04) 43
R6 (05) 50
YZF750 50
R1 50


*looks like the only 52's are the zx7 and zx9.
Thanks for the info. Looks like there aren't many options for 52mm forks. Maybe I'll try to strip and polish them.
 
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