Posted July 17, 2008 - 10:48 PM
Thanks in advance!
Posted July 18, 2008 - 03:01 AM
Posted July 18, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Chroming dirtbike spokes is not a good idea. The chroming process tends to make the spokes more brittle and they have less give, thereby breaking easier. If you want the spokes to always look the best, replace with stainless steel ones.
Yeah, what he said!
Posted July 18, 2008 - 04:27 PM
Posted July 18, 2008 - 04:41 PM
Posted July 19, 2008 - 05:23 AM
and "shaving off".The pealing chrome on my friends spokes are by the nipples/thread.Would screwing the nipples onto the spokes maybe have caused that?
Posted July 19, 2008 - 06:58 AM
Posted July 19, 2008 - 10:10 AM
I would think that routine tightening of the spokes would reak havoc on the plating too, especially in the nipple area
Posted July 19, 2008 - 11:27 AM
Posted July 19, 2008 - 02:39 PM
A few years back i had a go at nickel plating all the bolts, nuts, spokes etc. on a 1981 RM125X I restored.
I bought a nickel plating kit, researched how to do it, then set up my own little nickel plating plant in my garage.
The results speak for themselves.....
This is the little plant I set up.....
This is a shot of a bunch of spokes being clened in the acid solution.
When plating them they go in another tub with the negative terminal connected to the job and the positive to the nickel bar. The electric current makes the nickel come away from the bar and travel through the acid solution, sticking to the job.
The plating tub is in the tub of hot water to ensure an even distribution of heat.
Before and after shot. These were the first spokes I tried, it worked right from the word go!
It's fairly involved, but dead easy really.
It's all in the preparation. Those components need to be perfectly clean before you try to plate them!
I think the whole setup cost me $220 including the laboratory power supply. A lot of guys use much cheaper power sources like power supplies for electrical gear like mobile (cell) phone chargers and the like. They don't have any adjustability though. I do.
Posted July 19, 2008 - 03:04 PM
Once you've plated your spokes you'll need to re-assemble the wheels and true them properly.
Something like this makes the job a lot easier.... http://www.tz350.net...ruing_stand.htm
Please note!!!! ..... this is NOT an advertisement. These things are NOT for sale, i only ever made one of them. The webpage "ad" was part of a university assignment I had to do in 2006!!!
( mmmmm, should have nickel plated those handles!!! )