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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-05-2019, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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How is it going community. Anybody in So. Cal long beach area or L.A area know of a place that will anodize motorcycle parts. Need to get some done. Havent had much luck. Tia.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-06-2019, 06:35 AM
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If you're willing to ship, Industrial Anodizing in Indianapolis does great work.

But what are you wanting anodized? You might need hard coat which IA doesn't do.
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Just my misc. Cheap China parts that are fading already. Lol..

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Also possibly upper fork tubes. Dont know why but they are faded as hell. I'm the second owner and it was garage kept by 1st owner. And garaged almost all the time with me. If it's not garaged its covered.

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Forks you'd absolutely want hard coat. And you'd need a shop that's really, REALLY, good at what they do. The factory annodizing needs to be removed. You can do that at home with warm (not hot) water and lye. Then polish off the smut. The big issue is you don't want anything inside the fork sliders. Not the lye and water and absolutely not the acids. The bushings in the fork are steel and the acid will destroy them. You'd probably be better off having them powder coated....
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Forks you'd absolutely want hard coat. And you'd need a shop that's really, REALLY, good at what they do. The factory annodizing needs to be removed. You can do that at home with warm (not hot) water and lye. Then polish off the smut. The big issue is you don't want anything inside the fork sliders. Not the lye and water and absolutely not the acids. The bushings in the fork are steel and the acid will destroy them. You'd probably be better off having them powder coated....
Yeah powder coating is the way to go over anodizing. Doesn't fade, and is a lot tougher and protects the material. Usually you can find somebody local that does good quality work for pretty good prices. Most people will be able to do just about any design that you want.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-08-2019, 11:27 PM
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If you're talking about the outside of the uppers, I wouldn't expect powder coating to work as it's thickness will interfere with the triple clamps. I'd also be concerned about coating strength. What was said about corrosion of interior parts is correct. You might be able to get away with masking but this isn't amateur hour (no offense). But you might have to remove and reinstall the fork bushings, which should be done by a specialist. You could try asking these guys to see if they can do it. Maybe there's something equivalent in the US.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-11-2019, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Well I appreciate your input guys. That UK link was pretty cool. Probably just leave them. Or pick up a spare set and mess with them see what could be done. Then wont have to worry about being down. Oh and by the way I think you guys might of been helping me on the wot problem at 8,000 rpms if so. Still no luck. I have tried everything I was told and then some. Dont think it's going to help but I'm replacing my pc3 with a PCv just to upgrade . But what do you think about ecu maybe. Maybe I got a shitty flash job?

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