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Service life is a long time, even for Insaneshane.

But remember what Dr. D always said. There was only 1 size of forks, till the brass.
^correct and if i remember right factory still only used that size and the +/- was a service dept thing
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shouldn't the word bronze be used ?I hope no one is selling brass shift forks.
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shouldn't the word bronze be used ?I hope no one is selling brass shift forks.

Haha, I wondered if I was the only one thinking that. Alum. bronze I think. I’ve heard a lot of bushings referred to as ‘brass too. Incidentally, if you ever have a pile of scrap goldish coloured stuff and you know some of it is probably bronze but can’t remember which (like me...) a good clue is that bronze does this when you cut it with a lathe tool.



I guess if you’ve got to that stage you’ll already know what brass does.

Thank you for all the good advice here folks. Every time I think I’m ready to slap it together I come across a new thread with information I can’t believe I’ve missed, and which could potentially take weeks to process with my limited brain power for this sort of thing. Hoping for that ‘light bulb’ moment when I get further down the line with assembly.

Have new OEM forks on order, and PaulC has kindly loaned me some other sizes to play with just in case.

It’s a relief to my sanity when I go back through some of the old threads to see that I’m not the only one obsessing over this, and the first time takes a long while!
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^correct and if i remember right factory still only used that size and the +/- was a service dept thing

I just read up on that 8ball, amazing that all the 60s bikes went together with exactly the same forks & shims. I’d love to know where the Doc got all this stuff - did he work in the factory?
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I just read up on that 8ball, amazing that all the 60s bikes went together with exactly the same forks & shims. I’d love to know where the Doc got all this stuff - did he work in the factory?
not a factory tech, but a mechanic/machinist/sportster nut since the 60's i do believe. 8ball can set that record straight for us if i'm wrong...
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