|Subject:||RE: Fork bushings||Date:||Thu Jan 19 15:06:24 2017|
THE STEEL/BRONZE BUSHINGS IN THE RIGHT SIZE ARE NOWHERE TO BE FOUND TO MY KNOWLEDGE. BRONZE BUSHINGS ARE AVAILABLE AND I HAVE USED/SOLD THEM AS NEEDED FOR OVER 20 YEARS WITH NO COMPLAINT TO DATE. THE (mid)UPPER BUSHING IS DIFFICULT TO REMOVE/REPLACE WITHOUT CORRECT FIXTURE/TOOLING. HOWEVER
THE LOWER BUSHING GETS THE MAJOR WEAR AND REPLACING THOSE
IS EASY AND WORTHWHILE.
These fork tubes were made with an inner tube pressed into
the outer tube. The 2-layered tube makes it more difficult
to straighten them without buckling the outer tube.
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I'm restoring a '65 BTU and need a source on the original steel backed fork bushings. Are these available from anyone? If not, has anyone machined them from bronze bearing material? The wall is fairly thin and I'm concerned that a bushing without the steel backing may collapse during installation. perhaps the bore could be left considerably undersized to facilitate installation and then bored/reamed after installation. Thoughts? Thanks,