Fork Reconditioning - The Process Explained
receipt of motorcycle forks they are booked onto a process
list and etched with the customer's name so that
there is full traceability on them, measured on an unworn
section, the size noted and confirmed (normally a nominal
All these details are entered on the progress list in
order to keep a check on each process of the work at anytime.
The process from start to finish is as follows:
- Check for straightness and if necessary straighten. (Most
forks wear in a bent fashion as a result of heavy braking
and flexing )
- Pre-chrome grind on a centreless grinder, the amount ground
off depends on the wall thickness of the tube and severity
of the pitting/damage. Usually 0.025" is sufficient
to remove all damage.
- Prepare for hard-chroming which requires masking of all
internal bushes/valves with a special wax coating.
- Placed in vats for the hard-chrome to be deposited (slightly
oversize). This process can take up to 24 hours and sometimes
longer, dependent upon the amount of deposit required.
- Remove forks from the plating vats and measure to ensure
there is sufficient thickness of chrome to allow them
to be ground to the original size. They are then inspected
for pin holes or imperfections in the hard-chroming deposit.
- Forks are cleaned in preparation for finish grinding.
- The finish grinding operation is now carried out which
involves grinding the forks to the correct size - within
0.0005 of an inch.
- A further inspection is made to ensure no imperfections
are evident in the hard chrome.
- The forks are then polished to help the seals bed in and
- Passed to dispatch area for a final inspection and subsequently
packed into special tubes in order to eliminate any damage
in transit back to the client by overnight carrier.
All work is carried out in-house - nothing is sub contracted
- unlike some Companies!
the amount of appreciative telephone calls and e-mails
we receive we know we are able to offer a very high quality
of workmanship. In the past we have regularly handled work
from countries such as Iceland, Germany, Spain, the Channel
Isles, Eire etc. to name but a few.
For more information or to arrange collection call Philpots
on 01582 571234.