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    Anodise the forks or powder coat them?

    I have a 2006 S3 and those gold forks gotta go. I am taking them off over the winter and sending them to Traxxion.com but first I thought I'd have them powder coated black. I have read several posts where guys have powder coated everything from footpegs and brackets to the headlight buckets. I think Devious even used a ceramic powder coating on his exhaust. I was reading the spec's on the 2008 S3 and see where the forks are anodised. So what's it gonna be? Should I powder coat the forks or anodise them (I'd like them to match the frame BTW, whatever color that is)? Thanks for helping me out.
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    Re: Anodise the forks or powder coat them?

    I'd go with anodising.
    +will retain sharp machined metal look, powdercoat would result in a more rounded plastic look
    +will fit triple clamps easier, the legs are a tight fit as is, without the added 1mm of powdercoat
    +cheap
    -if done poorly anodised color might fade during years of UV exposure

    Negatives for both:
    -Both anodising and powdercoat are not exact like paint, so if you want a specific shade it will be very hard to do with either.
    -You will have to dismantle the fork legs to get the outer tube off.

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    Re: Anodise the forks or powder coat them?

    Make sure that the coatings company doing the anodizing know what they are doing.
    The shop that did mine used a sharp edged expanding thingy to hold my tubes from the inside. It put 3 ridges down the insides of the tube that the suspension shop had to repair.
    My forks have also turned purple on the front from exposure to the elements.

    I am going to rip them apart and powder coat them.
    It usually takes about 1.0 - 1.5 mils (1 mil = about 1 thousands of an inch) of powder to get coverage with black.
    I figure that will increase the diameter of the forks by about 2 - 3 thou.
    I can spread the trees enough for that.

    I vote powder....

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    Re: Anodise the forks or powder coat them?

    Quote Originally Posted by lowgloss
    I am going to rip them apart and powder coat them.
    It usually takes about 1.0 - 1.5 mils (1 mil = about 1 thousands of an inch) of powder to get coverage with black.
    I figure that will increase the diameter of the forks by about 2 - 3 thou.
    I can spread the trees enough for that.

    I vote powder....
    Good luck getting 0.001" of even powder coating. Dreaming imo.

    I anodised my Duke forks and powder coated the bottoms and both coverings coped very well under harsh Australian conditions. The powder on the fork bottoms was way thicker than 1 thou, and has to be to cope with stones and road debris hitting it.

    Anodising is the way to go.

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    Re: Anodise the forks or powder coat them?

    Uuum 1 mm = 39 thou. I think.

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    Re: Anodise the forks or powder coat them?

    Quote Originally Posted by AA
    Uuum 1 mm = 39 thou. I think.

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    I totally agree but he is using mils. Apparently it is some yank measurement that equals 0.001". I googled it first so I sort of knew what he was on about. Who uses bloody mil??

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    Re: Anodise the forks or powder coat them?

    Who uses bloody mil??
    Good question.
    People who sell and apply liquid and powder coatings for a living.

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