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    Fork leg pitted
    on: 05 Jul 22, 10:11:01
    05 Jul 22, 10:11:01
    Out for a ride the other day on my return i noticed oil mist on the right hand fork leg , Bugger ! new seals arrived and after stripping the fork i found the chrome is pitted . I am a little disappointed that at 15 K miles  the chrome has rusted . So ... what do i do please . bike is 66 reg so no warranty . thanks in advance 

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    Re: Fork leg pitted
    Reply #1 on: 05 Jul 22, 10:40:51
    05 Jul 22, 10:40:51
    If its just slight pitting (send a pic if you can) you can use Abranet cloth 400 grit, then finish with 600 grit. Only do the areas that need it, and just enough to remove the pitting.
    Use you finger nail to check for smoothness.
    Thats how you can do it if you are on a budget, but if you have the pennies then get new forks- also depends on the severity of the issue.

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    Re: Fork leg pitted
    Reply #2 on: 06 Jul 22, 01:24:11
    06 Jul 22, 01:24:11
    *Originally Posted by Timmy_Biker [+]
    If its just slight pitting (send a pic if you can) you can use Abranet cloth 400 grit, then finish with 600 grit. Only do the areas that need it, and just enough to remove the pitting.
    Use you finger nail to check for smoothness.
    Thats how you can do it if you are on a budget, but if you have the pennies then get new forks- also depends on the severity of the issue.
    Thanks for your advice i will give it a go as a temporary fix and look to get either a new leg or get mine rechromed . I will update when i have put it all back together

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    Re: Fork leg pitted
    Reply #3 on: 06 Jul 22, 06:08:36
    06 Jul 22, 06:08:36
    I had the same issue on my 2017 20k mile Africa Twin, gave the forks to Kais suspension and they re-chromed and fully serviced the forks for me, they said a lot of modern bikes have very thin chrome from new and that these forks ( with a proper layer of chrome now ) would outlast the bike  :001: :001: :001: Not the cheapest job but better than buying new and peace of mind that the seals are not going to be under threat of blowing.

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    Re: Fork leg pitted
    Reply #4 on: 06 Jul 22, 09:26:23
    06 Jul 22, 09:26:23
    Update I cleaned the pitting with 400 grit wet and dry , fitted a new fork seal (not a pleasant job) new oil and after 20 mile or so ride no leaks .
    However i  shall be contacting Kais suspension in the morning for a quote.