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post #1 of 10 Old 07-25-2007, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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well, i bid $510.50, and lost out to someone who thought they were worth even more. i'm local to the seller and would have inspected and bought them only if they were new as descibed. if they were, i figured that would be a lot cheaper than new.

i have a 03 daily rider with about 27k and my front end is totally crapped up. there are a bunch of little chips in the chrome on the fork tubes, and rust is growing from these chips. i occasionally clean the rust up with emory cloth, but the chips remain. the paint is also shot on the lowers - my fault, i guess. i was trying to get rid of the infernal squeaking with a bunch of brake cleaner. it worked for about a week before the squeaks returned. but i got cleaner on the lowers and bunch of paint peeled off. the lower triple is also completely rusted, as is the black piece that the turn signals mount to.

i've done a lot of work on my bike in the 3 years i've had it, and am pretty confident with a wrench, but i've been a bit afraid to tackle disassembling the front end for re-coating. though i would love to do the lowers in black powdercoat. i've read over it in the manual... looks like a big job. also, how would i support the bike for an extended period with no front end? centerstand? on the other hand, if i did take the forks apart, could i make them adjustable by replacing some parts with new 07 versions?

can anyone give me some advice on what to do here? try to diy? take it to a shop? new parts?

...j919
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Open a new thread with that question.
Your going to get a lot of responses.
adendum - so i bought an almost new set of f4i forks to replace my tired front end. in addition to the damage, i think my forks are now now much stiffer than they used to be. everyone tells me this is strange because they should get looser. but anyway, it seems that the f4i upgrade is the easy way to go for a better front end.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Honda...WDVWQQtcZphoto

i also ordered the handy stands headstock stand. (yes, i've been spending some time on awarble's site...) i'm going to start by trying to just clean up the rusty lower triple while the forks are out. but if i wanted to remove it, how should i support the bike? (it looks like the headstock stand lifts the lower triple, so i can't remove the triple while using it).

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-25-2007, 12:46 PM
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Good question, I just bought a lower triple to have powdercoated, to replace my rusting original (what's up with that?), and currently use a headstock font stand...

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post #3 of 10 Old 07-25-2007, 03:10 PM
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When I installed my F4i forks, i just used 2 alligator jacks. I put one on the right side, at the front of the engine next to the header there's a tab that sticks down, I put the jack right against it. I put the other jack on the left side on the same point (mirror image) and jacked that one, didn't touch the other one. When it was level, I worked on it.

When I replaced the axle, I put a jackstand on the right side and jack on the left. The jackstand went on a different place pretty close to the point where I had the jack, can't remember off hand though.

If you do it this way, be careful as it's not completely stable. Have somebody with you and it would probably be a good idea to strap it down.

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post #4 of 10 Old 07-25-2007, 06:58 PM
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My lower triple is showing some rust too, WTH?

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post #6 of 10 Old 07-26-2007, 04:51 AM
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If you have front and rear stands put the bike up on those. Block up under the exhaust (concrete block and wood, or something/anything that works and is stable) and ease the bike down off the front stand.

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My lower triple is showing some rust too, WTH?
It's a common complaint with the 919. If you sunny CA guys get any down time, pull the triple clamps and have them powder coated.

Another front end option:

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Over at the Hornet's Nest years ago, some guys, mostly Brits, had problems with the "yoke" rusting. They must ride in the rain alot. That problrm was never a big issue here in the states. We must be fair weather riders.

I figure the only reason it isn't made from aluminum, is that would have cost $.05 more.

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Over at the Hornet's Nest years ago, some guys, mostly Brits, had problems with the "yoke" rusting. They must ride in the rain alot. That problrm was never a big issue here in the states. We must be fair weather riders.

I figure the only reason it isn't made from aluminum, is that would have cost $.05 more.

A bit of metal polish and some fine steel wool take care of the problem, temporarily at least.

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