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    Default A stitch in time..

    Just so you know, I had mentioned earlier that the forks on my FZR had got very light. I finally had some time and the opportunity to look to them. Here's the little story..

    Last week I got the forks opened. Time for new seals and new oil of course. The forks tube had developed some rusty marks on it so I got them chromed anew. The chrome work going on..
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    It was in Rawalpindi that I had the job done. Some of you Rawalpindians might have seen this shop near the Sadr market...there were some interesting bikes there..
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    There were in total more than a dozen bikes, some junk and some pretty cool. So sad that my cell phone's battery didn't help so only few pics..

    See the above GSXR again, it has a sticker on the tank. I wanted a similar one for my bike but tell you what, it would cost Rs.1500. Duh? I said..keep it with you man I would rather spend that much on fuel and do a ride to the mountains on my bike and still save a big deal of money.

    You gotta see this beautiful V4. This bike was the reason I was eager to sell my FZR a few months back when it was with its previous owner. I got late...and I regret the delay..
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    Coming back to the forks again. The job was successful and it is amazing how much the steering should get light, the ride has become all the more exciting..
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    ^^Nice bikes there...good to see u taking care of ur bike

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    sweet looking vfr400..which is that black bike ???...are the forks installed on the bike yet...how are they working ?
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    Couldn't confirm the make of the black bike. No rear seat plus dual rear forks, looked interesting.

    Forks have been re-installed on the bike and as mentioned above the steering has got so much light now and the ride even more exciting..Now I am planning a ride on the mountain twisty roads soon InshAlah.
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    @7thgear

    Which grade oil or combination of oil u used?
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    ^Good question. I was really concerned about the right grade oil. I searched for information on the internet too, there were different views on what kind of oil should be used. There are people who wouldn't go for anything other than the original fork oil (which is not available here, you have to import on demand). The other option is to make the right grade oil by mixing two different grade oils together (again the practice is not common here). Next option is to get the forks filled with Automatic Transmission fluid.
    I talked with mechanics as to what kind of oil should be filled in the forks, also contacted the previous owner of the bike as he had kept many bikes earlier. The answer was SHELL is best than anything else you may find here. And thats what I did. It was SHELL, some red bottle of less than 1 liter. It was a two stroke oil. A Bandit was there too for the fork seal+oil and got the same treatment. I was more concerned with the fork performance which I am satisfied with now. I am not sure, but it feels like more of a compromise on the fork oil as the original one is not available. I remember someone had put his queries on fork oil in the recent months.
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    ^Yep.
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    @7thgear, did you get it re-chromed or buffed?
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    Re-chromed. What is buffed?
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    buffing is what that guy is doing in the pic. You can also call it grinding away the surface of the metal
    "The rough, hard idle swells up and out from under the car, ricochets off other cars, and rams into the ears of the driver, the spectators. You think twice about a 383 Road Runner, but a hemi only once -- and let it pass."

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    ^Strange. But it made the whole surface look just like new..it was not only grinding that he did, that much I know.. BTW, what are the equivalent words in Urdu for Chroming and Buffing? Maybe the man misunderstood what he had to do. But anyways, the purpose has still been well served, and what is the method of doing new chrome?
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    Actualy it is called chrome polishing the procedure is identical to that of buffing. As far as full chroming procedure is concern it includes hard dip electroplating etc & used for those items which r not previously chromed or in raw form.
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    imran bhai...any electroplating workshops here in PK ?
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    ^^stay way from Pakistani chrome. The finished chrome looks very cheap and is a waste of money.

    @7thgear, imranbhatti is right, its chrome polishing.
    "The rough, hard idle swells up and out from under the car, ricochets off other cars, and rams into the ears of the driver, the spectators. You think twice about a 383 Road Runner, but a hemi only once -- and let it pass."

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    @foosa

    These processes are commonly used in diffrent type of metal industires & foundries & term hot dip chrom or "Pakka Chrom" in punjabi is used. For small parts this type of work can be easily done even in small cities & towns.
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