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?