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I pulled the fork apart to replace the leaking fork seals on my 75.

While I had it apart I decided that the lower legs looked pretty nasty.

fiveor six hours later the grinder was pretty hot and the compound stick was quite a bit shorter but the fork legs looked lots prettier.


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I gotta get me one of them!!

Do you clear coat them after polishing??

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great job done there, I got have a go at this sometime..
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Hey David ,I think you are going to need a grinding stone

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Man those are too sweet

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Iused to polish my fork bottoms like that. Get some clear coat spray and treat them or you be back to repolishing them in a few weeks,

Now i have a Gl1500 i just spray the forks with honda silver paint that i get from my local car spares.

Nice job, but i know you got dirty doing them.


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and that polishing wheel? it is a lot smaller than when he started with it.

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yea but it was worth the looks right?
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Boy those look sweet, guess I know what I will be doing next winter!

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The problem with most all clear-coats is that they can yellow in a short time. The best are applied with a paint gun and are quality auto finish material with an activator additive. The surface has to be completly free of solvents, wax's or compounds. It can be done however but cna chip from road debris.
Another option is to have lowers powdercoated with silver-gray powdercoating. This is my choice. It is not chrome but a good job looks real close. Gives a good tough surface for older bikes. Then again their is real chrome.

Have a several HD buddies who polished their fork lowers like this. Great job, but after re-re-re-re-polishing to keep the bare alum... clean they each tried different clear coating withsome success. Please don't even bother with spray can clear coat!!!!!!!
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