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Coating Chrome Fork Upper Tubes ?

Has anyone had their tubes coated with something like a black nitride (QPQ?) or even TiN (Titanium Nitride)?

I have them all apart and would like to black them out if possible.

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I've seen them done on dirbikes and it looks really good. Expensive though. I know Pro Circuit does it and I'm pretty sure Factory Connection, Race Tech and Pro Action do as well. Probably about any suspension shop.

Don't think I'd pay a lot to have the stock pretzel sticks done but that's just me.

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FWIW: I used reflective tape on mine where they run through the triple tree. Don't know if you are trying to ditch the chrome, but it made it look a lot better.

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FWIW: I used reflective tape on mine where they run through the triple tree. Don't know if you are trying to ditch the chrome, but it made it look a lot better.
Am considering that as well. Or finding some aluminum tubes to slip over the shocks in that area and have those powdercoated the same as the rest of the bike.

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I thought of using large diameter heat shrink on the area between the triples on my f4i forks ... just slide it on during assembly and shrink it down after.

Are u getting your lowers powder coated?

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Yes, lowers are at powdercoater right now and new seals, bushings, oil, springs are on their way. Bike is going to be pretty much 3 colors when I am done. Flat Black, Uranium Green, and the Titanium Gray engine. With a smattering of silver colored bolt heads.

Haven't decided if I am going to pull the bolts yet, and if so what color, Black would be obvious first choice and would for sure look nice, the engine color would also be cool, or I could go crazy and match the bolt heads to the Uranium Green!
Also going to need some green rim stripes, preferably in reflective metalflake to match the green paint.

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Should look really good ... can't wait to see the end results.

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Has anyone had their tubes coated with something like a black nitride (QPQ?) or even TiN (Titanium Nitride)?

I have them all apart and would like to black them out if possible.
I'm pretty sure the Ohlins forks on my Monster are TiN coated. It give the forks a nice gold color, and it looks fairly nice but does wear out after awhile. When I went to replace my fork seals last year I noticed the color wore thin past where the seals normally sit. It's inside the tube, so not noticeable when the bike is sitting or anything like that. I don't think it affects the function having them worn down a little, maybe someone (like LDH) would know more about it.

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I've been doing some reading and the two best surfaces seem to be traditional hard chrome, and something called "Diamond Like Coating" which is a black carbon coating that is super hard. Expensive though. I think I will just get some black tubes to cover the upper part between the triple clamps and live with the polished chrome tubes where the suspension travels. The other coatings like TiN do wear off because they are so thin.

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The other coatings like TiN do wear off because they are so thin.
Well, to be fair my bike has ~28k miles on it, so I'd expect some type of wear, especially since the seals had apparently been leaking for awhile when I bought it.

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I've been doing some reading and the two best surfaces seem to be traditional hard chrome, and something called "Diamond Like Coating" which is a black carbon coating that is super hard. Expensive though. I think I will just get some black tubes to cover the upper part between the triple clamps and live with the polished chrome tubes where the suspension travels. The other coatings like TiN do wear off because they are so thin.
Get some fork gaiters. Problem solved.
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Why not just wrap the upper tubes in some 3M vinyl? Cheap, should be pretty easy, and it sticks pretty good. Easy to remove as well.

You could even wrap them before putting them on, then trim the vinyl when you find where they will sit within the triples.

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Get some f4i forks, then you'll have some options like these:

RT - TNK Fork Tube Search


You're welcome!

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Get some f4i forks, then you'll have some options like these:

RT - TNK Fork Tube Search


You're welcome!
Holy fuck....

For that price I'd just go ahead and do a full front end swap.

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