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Old 16th August 2011
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Question Lower fork skins?

The lower part of my forks really look bad (94/1200) there is a lot of pitting and would take a heck of a lot of polishing to improve the original look. I'm looking at some Kuryakyn chrome fork skins and wonder if any of you have these on your sportster and could post a pic so I could really get a feel for what they'd look like. Judging from the catalog photo I'm afraid it would add a "bulky " look to them......thanks
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Chrome water collectors they've been called.

To polish out the lowers....

Break free each pinch bolt on the triple trees, then retighten just enough to be secure. Do that with the wheel on the ground, one bolt at a time. There are four for the fork tubes. Its a Torx head screw, and may require a bit of persuasion to get loose - which is why you wanna do that with the wheel on the ground.

Jack up bike, remove front wheel, remove one fork tube with lower attached to it.

Slide up the "dust cover" and remove it. Mask the part of the fork where the dust cover was, and continue to mask so the oil seal, retainer and fork tube are sealed.

Take off all the "Clear Coat" from the lower with paint stripper. This is why we mask it all.
This will take a little bit of doing, but dont sweat it for right now.... just work and scrape all the old finish off.

Once its stripped, wash the tube with hot soapy water and dry it. This removes all the old stripper.

Now start on the metal of the lower with 320 grit wet/dry paper with soapy water as a wetting agent. Sand "around" the tube not "along" the tube. Once the pits are cleaned up, use some 400 paper wet, then 800 paper wet, which will bring it to a high luster.

Finally, use Mother's Wheel Polish for Magnesium and Aluminum Wheels on the lowers. You do this with a rag, shoe shine fashion. Buff it out well.

Reinstall on the tree and do the other fork tube, then reinstall the wheel. Remember to torque the Torx head pinch bolts to the factory spec (read the service manual for that).

Once polished, you'll need to go over them with some Mother's from time to time, but they'll stay nice for a decent amount of time. Most initial "pitting" is the clear, or clear with pits in it that has gotten water under it. Once polished... its very easy to keep polished.
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My brother had them on his '89... They didn't look real nice, you could tell they were covers. He eventually bought a set of chromed lower legs and swapped them out. Polishing or chroming is your best bet....
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My brother had them on his '89... They didn't look real nice, you could tell they were covers. He eventually bought a set of chromed lower legs and swapped them out. Polishing or chroming is your best bet....
See, ya'll just saved me 200 bucks I woulda spent on crap. I had a feeling they just wouldn't cut it. I wil bite the bullet and polish them out..thanks
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several threads here on the subject, lots of us have done it, including me.
and I didnt take the fron end apart, just the wheel & the fender.

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several threads here on the subject, lots of us have done it, including me.
and I didnt take the fron end apart, just the wheel & the fender.

That is very impressive!
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That is very impressive!
thanks. it took about 8 hrs to do
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I had the covers on mine for a couple of years. I changed the tire and got rid of my fender this year and didn't put them back on, I polished mine while the tire was off. They weren't bad looking and didn't look like something was just stuck there. If I had a laced wheel it probably would have looked like shite.
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