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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2014 2:31 pm 
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I offer vintage fork leg refinishing for any Japanese machined aluminum lowers (Showa or Kayaba). Obviously anodized or chromed legs do not apply! My goal is to get as close to the original factory finish as possible, with the added benefit of gloss clear powder coat final finish for durability. This looks original, but avoids the common corrosion problems of the old thin lacquer that was used in the 1960's and 70's. This is a specialty that evolved from my restoration work, and involves about 14 steps- I consider every set a unique challenge, and I don't take shortcuts or watch the clock. It's all about attention to detail and craftsmanship.

While corrosion can be worked out, the biggest issue with dirt bike fork legs is pitting, gouges, hacks, and scratches. The better the existing condition, the better the results I can achieve for you. That said, owners have been pleasantly surprised at how much damage can be greatly lessened or blended out. I intentionally don't over polish or "over restore" these parts- all rough cast sections are left as is, and all stamped factory numbers and letters are kept. Finish is a satin machine brushed look.

I do all work in house myself- including ultrasonic cleaning and powder coating, so that I can control quality and turn around times. Turn around time is 7-10 days- your parts will not disappear for months! I communicate well, and will send you pictures of your completed legs for final approval before return. I've been doing this successfully for owners for a while now, and stand behind my work.

Cost is $125 pr. (plus return shipping).
Interested and want more details, pictures, or references? Please drop me a line at: sandman800ss@hotmail.com
Thanks!

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:54 pm 
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I use a 75% gloss satin black powder coat that closely matches factory original black paint that was used on most 1970's-80's Japanese dirt bikes. Wheel hubs/backing plates, engine/countershaftcovers, steering stem/triple handlebar clamps, more:

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