Fix for nick in fork tube?

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  1. 426 Pilot

    426 Pilot Rookie DRN Member

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    I've got a tint nick in my fork tube that is causing the seal to leak. I am going to chnage the seals, but I need to know the best wat to knock off the nick and sand it down. It is very small... I can barely see it, bu tI can feel it.



    What is a good way to get this smoothed out? If sand paper, what grit, etc?

    Thanks.
  2. 426 Pilot

    426 Pilot Rookie DRN Member

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    That was supposed to by tiny nick, (not tint nick)
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    pobit Rookie DRN Member

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    If it sticks up. knock it down with a file and then sand the tube with sand paper. 240 grit or smaller will work. Dave
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    yam 3 Rookie DRN Member

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    I read on here once if it is to deep to sand out all the way, then knock it down first with file and paper, then fill with super glue. Let the glue dry then re-sand the hump of glue down.
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    Studboy Thinks he can ride

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    You will want to do your final sanding with 800 grit or finer. My friend had his nick filed, filled with brazing rod, then sanded back down smooth. He has gone 2 years now on seals with no leaks so it must have worked!
  6. Miedosoracing

    Miedosoracing Rookie DRN Member

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    I was thinking that that gray glue (can't think of the name) that you mix the two together. fill it in with that, and then coat the fork with oil or something to make it slick???
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    Gray glue..... JB Weld?

    I have a set of forks that are very scarred. I've thought of trying this but I dunno.....
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    Miedosoracing Rookie DRN Member

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    Yeah, that is the name :)
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    Has anyone tried the JB Weld yet? I have 2 nicks in mine
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    A flat knife sharpening stone, in fine or extra-fine grit, works better than sandpaper. It's possible to remove too much and create a depression in the chrome, which can lead to problems. I use a flat-file first.
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    Use silver solder rather than brazing, cooler temperature. JB weld works in the field but I'm not sure how long it will last.



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