K1 and Up Fork Tube Interest

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  1. scooter

    scooter Well-Known Member

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    A recent post relative to the topic has re-energized my thoughts and approach to solving the unavailability of new tubes

    I was going down the repair/rechrome route but now thinking I might have a viable option that doesn’t require rework of old parts.

    I’m thinking that a cost target of $125 a pair plus shipping (~$15) would be reasonable. I’m willing to invest in material to make this happen. I’d like to use this thread as a way to assess my price target and interest. How much material to stock and expected demand.

    I have a small sample of material and need to get some cost estimates which will go out requesting bids for qty 10, 50, 100 etc,
     
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  3. kirrbby

    kirrbby Well-Known Member

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    I think this would be awesome. $125 sounds VERY reasonable to me. You can put me down for 2 sets if you go ahead with it. I would think you could sell them on eBay too. I think these parts will have to become available at some point. I find that quite a few are damaged...and the price to properly restore them isn't cheap.

    But...in that same thread that you mentioned...it's lookin like there may be a nice set of replacements available already...complete with the lower legs. But I think...for me...I'd rather keep the stock lower leg, and just replace the inner/upper tube.
     
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  4. scooter

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    So I found a site where I could order material for about half the price of my first buy. Site was out of Canada and I wasn’t comfortable for some reason so I ordered another small sample $80 worth to see if it was legit. Three weeks later heard nothing (did get a general email without a lot of detail when i ordered) and the site is down. Tried contacting seller and e-mail doesn’t go through. Paid with PayPal so not worried about getting money back. Going to give it another couple weeks and see if something shows up at the front door. Always remember this is a hobby and for fun
     
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    93514F02-D88B-41FB-9F4A-4F0709DAD5EB.jpeg Update - had to find a new supplier as the Canadian buy didn’t work out As suspected something wasn’t right and PayPal was great in doing their research and provided a refund. Looks like the site was no longer active, but for some reason went live for a moment and accepted my order.

    Found another supplier and received material this week. Cost 50% more but not a bad price as I purchase enough material for 10 sets. Need to work up some drawings for some lathe work and get some estimates for doing the work. 93514F02-D88B-41FB-9F4A-4F0709DAD5EB.jpeg
     
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  6. scooter

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    Saw Kirby reposted this for some other members. Numerous other events have slowed progress but I do plan to complete the task. Still need to finish the drawing and find a machinist who can do the lathe work. I’m 6 months from retirement which is when the fun begins
     
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    OLD CT Well-Known Member

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    Count me in for 2 sets, Jeff.
     
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  8. Clayton

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    I’m down for a couple of set too when ever you get it all squared away
     

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