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post #1 of 30 Old 03-11-2012, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Powdercoating

I would just like to extend my powder coating service to anyone interested; I built a powder coating oven and have done about 20 parts on my bike as well as a few for my friends. Everything has turned out awesome and the high temp powder I used on my muffler and engine has suffered nothing from the heat. Powder coat is much stronger and heat resistant than paint as well as more chemical proof. I will charge according to the part size. Located in Columbus, oh. and will do most business via ups/usps. For a quote just post me a pic or Email me at [email protected].


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post #2 of 30 Old 03-11-2012, 08:14 PM
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Good work on the Halloween paint. I do powder coating at home (not for profit, no competition here) but my oven is too small for a swingarm.

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Thanks, I built one large enough to do swing arm but would like to make enough doing it for others to build an even larger setup.

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I'm going to get a hold of you at the end of this riding season. I know that's a long way off, but I don't want any down time.

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Totally understandable, that's why I just finished mine; I wanted it done before it got too warm for a complete tear-down. What are you wanting coated?

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I may be getting in touch at the end of this summer as well for the swing arm.

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or just buy my swing arm, have me drop ship it to devon for powdercoat, then he ship it to you and all you have to do is swap out swingarms, with minimal down time.

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Totally understandable, that's why I just finished mine; I wanted it done before it got too warm for a complete tear-down. What are you wanting coated?
Swingarm, grab handle, side cover triangles, rearsets, fuel fill cover, Anything else I can really.

Is it possible to powdercoat the lower forks, or the fork mounts?

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Is it possible to powdercoat the lower forks, or the fork mounts?
lower forks yes, but you'll have to completely disassemble them in order to do so. as for fork mounts, you mean the triples? you can do the top triple easily. you would be better off spray painting the lower triple if you dont want to deal with bearing removal, etc.

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lower forks yes, but you'll have to completely disassemble them in order to do so. as for fork mounts, you mean the triples? you can do the top triple easily. you would be better off spray painting the lower triple if you dont want to deal with bearing removal, etc.
I spray painted both lower triple and front forks. MUCH easier than doing a powdercoat job and they both look great.

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Im sure The spray paint looks good but isn't as durable a powder, speaking from experience; I've used enamels and laquers. Their ok but don't stand the test of time and wear like powder.

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Im sure The spray paint looks good but isn't as durable a powder, speaking from experience; I've used enamels and laquers. Their ok but don't stand the test of time and wear like powder.
Correct, I never doubted that. But are you aware of the time it takes to remove a lower triple, just to have it powdercoated for $20?

And disassembling the forks as well, and making sure that powder doesn't get inside them; also a dozen hours of work in that and re-assembly.

Just depends on how much work you're willing to put into them to get the powdercoat. Almost everything removable on my bike is powdercoated, but those two were just too much work.

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I'd like to see you powdercoat the whole motor.



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I'd like to see you powdercoat the whole motor.
, it would be easier to buy the one's down south and have them shipped up.

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Yeah, but in Minnesota, you cannot register a bike if the VIN and motor number don't match.



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Yeah, but in Minnesota, you cannot register a bike if the VIN and motor number don't match.
Really? Actually didn't know that.

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Yeah I would like to do the forks on my bike as well but it definitely requires a lot of tear down and reassembly, just extending the service to anyone who would like to send me parts they want coated. I'm not trying to open a debate. unless you don't want people to use my service then please kindly refrain from making this thread a debate and steering would-be interested parties away, thanks.

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lower forks yes, but you'll have to completely disassemble them in order to do so. as for fork mounts, you mean the triples? you can do the top triple easily. you would be better off spray painting the lower triple if you dont want to deal with bearing removal, etc.
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Correct, I never doubted that. But are you aware of the time it takes to remove a lower triple, just to have it powdercoated for $20?

And disassembling the forks as well, and making sure that powder doesn't get inside them; also a dozen hours of work in that and re-assembly.

Just depends on how much work you're willing to put into them to get the powdercoat. Almost everything removable on my bike is powdercoated, but those two were just too much work.
If you REALLY want the fork lowers and triples powdercoated instead of painted, it can be done, but as others have pointed out it'll take a couple hours of extra work on your part.

The lower stem bearing will have to be removed and replaced. If you have the tool to do this, it's not a big deal, if not, most bike shops and machine shops can do this for you pretty quickly. They will also have to press a new lower bearing on for you after the triple has been coated.
It'll take an hour or two to remove everything to get the triples off - wheel, fender, brakes, headlight, gauges, handlebars, ignition switch, fork tubes...

The forks will have to be completely disassembled to powdercoat the lowers. If you have a service manual, it's not a big deal to do this yourself - there are also instructional videos all over the internet - just take your time.
I would put in new fork seals if you're pulling the forks apart. I'd give yourself at least an hour to disassemble both forks if you've never done it before. And another hour and a half for re-assembly if it's your first time.

How badly do you want those parts powdercoated? It's not difficult, it just takes some extra time.

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Thank you for clarifying, I will probably tackle that project this fall.

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Correct, I never doubted that. But are you aware of the time it takes to remove a lower triple, just to have it powdercoated for $20?

And disassembling the forks as well, and making sure that powder doesn't get inside them; also a dozen hours of work in that and re-assembly.

Just depends on how much work you're willing to put into them to get the powdercoat. Almost everything removable on my bike is powdercoated, but those two were just too much work.

I can remove the front end off a 919 in about 15 minutes start to finish. Reassembly in roughly the same amount of time. It will take the powdercoater way longer to tape off the clamps and bake them than it will for me to get the parts off & on

I'm all for the orange powdercoat though, just need it to be brighter


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LDH, you are are, and always will be, the exception to the rule.

And Devondunit, not trying to step on your business. Just giving a heads up to those who want to go through with it. If anything, that info just provides a more seamless customer experience for you and them if they have that knowledge beforehand. Just trying to save some headaches.

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Nice color LDH, I didn't feel like naked bike could pull off the bright orange

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Wait until you see what I do to my wife's bike with the safety green

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Wait until you see what I do to my wife's bike with the safety green
what you talking about? you aint even done with yours yet you slacker! still got the gold forks to take care of

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I was going to go with black and orange on forks

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what you talking about? you aint even done with yours yet you slacker! still got the gold forks to take care of

I was thinking about having the forks stripped and anodized purple

You can't powdercoat them because the tolerances are too close in the triple clamp and the thickness of the powdercoat will cause them to no longer fit the clamps.

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And Devondunit, not trying to step on your business. Just giving a heads up to those who want to go through with it. If anything, that info just provides a more seamless customer experience for you and them if they have that knowledge beforehand. Just trying to save some headaches.

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Good luck with your powdercoating business! It's great to know there is another WT member than can provide this service. I still have a couple small parts that are painted, but all other black parts have been powdercoated.
I was (hopefully) not deterring anyone from powdercoating, but trying to point out to folks that it's not difficult to take apart the triples or forks, and powdercoating is the preferred method.

And LDH, I really want to see pics of your bike with anodized purple fork & orange swingarm! Your wife's safety-green machine would actually look pretty cool!

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I appreciate it, thanks.

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