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Hi Guys,

I have some Showas turning up next week ( thanks to Poolagent...you rock mate) . Someone posted a pic of the forks they had polished....I have searched...but can't find the pic...can someone point me in the right direction please.

Cheers Roger
 

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It was a happy accident for me. The ones i bought looked so cruddy i took em to a metal polisher to give em the ol' rub n scrub. I think he got a bit carried away :D

I like the look personally...everything else is polished up at the front there so why not the forks too. The pics don't really do it justice ;)


 

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Hi Guys,

I have some Showas turning up next week ( thanks to Poolagent...you rock mate) . Someone posted a pic of the forks they had polished....I have searched...but can't find the pic...can someone point me in the right direction please.

Cheers Roger
The fork legs are anodized… the surface is harder and gives them good protection against corrosion and helps cleaning them.

Especially in areas with salty air i would not recommend polishing without re-anodizing …

BTW… For my taste it is too much bling bling
 

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I definitely do not think it is a good idea to polish the legs where they are gripped by the triples, but, as for the rest, it's a matter of personal taste.
 

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OK the idea has passed but I want to polish the edges of a mag wheel is that ok ?

Yep...I will leave the forks standard...good call as they are new.

I want to do a bit of polishing...has anyone done any engine cases...I don't recall seeing any...
 

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Yep...I will leave the forks standard...good call as they are new.

I want to do a bit of polishing...has anyone done any engine cases...I don't recall seeing any...
The engine cases are powdercoated which saves ducati a lot of money for finishing…

I think that it is no problem, but will involve lots and careful work for a professional "bling pro"…

Oberon has polished the clutch cover and added some "decorational" elements…
http://www.ducati.ms/forums/showthread.php?t=64953&highlight=oberon

Mag wheels are extremely sensitive to oxidation and should be protected by paint or powdwercoat…
 

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A job best sent out to a specialist me thinks. Having polished many components over the years it would take a LONG time to do it right and you need some specialised equipment. Also, bear in mind that the seals and bushes all need to be removed from the cases too which is an added cost factor. Anyway, check Thunderduck's posts, he had his done professionally :cool:.
 

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thanks guys...I will go lookin for some covers to play with...I might even have them painted when I do the bike...still got a few weeks to change my mind.
 

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Just for clarification...this job wasn't done by fred bloggs around the corner :D It was done professionally by a guy who is endorsed and specialises in custom work for Harley Davidson. All the caps, oil and springs were replaced and forks rebuilt from ground up...with the exception of the dodgey compression adjuster screw which crapped out a few weeks back.

As previously stated...it aint for everyone and was just a happy accident that occured when i dropped them off to the guy. He gave them the 'harley' treatment and not just a quick clean, but then again, i didn't actually specify what i exactly wanted. Well, not unless you call saying 'work your magic' a specific work order :p

Overall, it actually looks pretty sweet in the flesh...hard to get a good photo that does it justice.
 

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Yep...I reckon they look cool...and if they were crappy to start with...well it's a bonus.

The forks I have bought are new....

I want to look at polishing some bits...hmm....some alloy wheels painted silver with a polished edge would look trick...and I would like to play with some engine covers...and I would like to get some more HP from the engine....and I want a grid girl for PI.

Gawd it's easy to get side tracked!
 

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Haha, watch those dirty grid girls mate...you'll be spending all your time at the clinic and not on the bike :D

I'm trying to talk myself out of modding my GT too much, but if i do venture down the suspension route again, i think a new set of forks would be a lot less trouble. And get something nice for the back too, but to be honest... I don't mind the stock setup all that much. I use the S for the twisties and the GT for all things commute orientated... Clipons, aggessive riding position, that clutch and peak hour doesn't go well at all. The GT is a lot easier to commute with.
 

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Just for clarification...this job wasn't done by fred bloggs around the corner :D It was done professionally by a guy who is endorsed and specialises in custom work for Harley Davidson. All the caps, oil and springs were replaced and forks rebuilt from ground up...with the exception of the dodgey compression adjuster screw which crapped out a few weeks back.

As previously stated...it aint for everyone and was just a happy accident that occured when i dropped them off to the guy. He gave them the 'harley' treatment and not just a quick clean, but then again, i didn't actually specify what i exactly wanted. Well, not unless you call saying 'work your magic' a specific work order :p

Overall, it actually looks pretty sweet in the flesh...hard to get a good photo that does it justice.

 

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hmm no grid girls but

http://www.deus.com.au/

That site in Italy is very cool...some sweet bikes.

The Deus site....hmmm...methinks they are catering to the rich and famous with way too much dough...nice bikes...very expensive...and mostly rebuilt Jap bikes.

Good site though, great photography..
 
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