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Gas Man
03-03-2013, 09:28 PM
These are fork bushings out of a set of forks.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Lift%20Wrenching/Moe/IMG_3080_zps342c43ae.jpg

Which bushing is 5k miles and which one is 25k miles??

Bagger Dave
03-03-2013, 09:31 PM
I went with 25k on the right

Gas Man
03-03-2013, 10:01 PM
Do you know that the bushings are made of copper, because it's a softer metal and therefor will wear out before the sliding wears out the fork tubes or lowers??

Bagger Dave
03-03-2013, 10:05 PM
Do you know that the bushings are made of copper, because it's a softer metal and therefor will wear out before the sliding wears out the fork tubes or lowers??
no, I didn't know that...learn something everyday

Gas Man
03-03-2013, 10:17 PM
So ask yourself... what are they suppose to look like new?

Why would they change the look?

Bagger Dave
03-03-2013, 10:20 PM
So ask yourself... what are they suppose to look like new?

Why would they change the look?

shouldn't they look like copper new...and as they wear down....the coating wears off...kinda like how a tire wears down to the wear bars?

Gas Man
03-03-2013, 10:36 PM
So a piece made of copper starts as copper and then wears down to show something other than copper? Is that what you mean?

Bagger Dave
03-03-2013, 10:41 PM
So a piece made of copper starts as copper and then wears down to show something other than copper? Is that what you mean?
yeah...I remember when we were looking at the bushings on the BD when we did my forks last May...you were telling something about that

Gas Man
03-03-2013, 11:04 PM
I'm trying to not spill the beans...

Bagger Dave
03-03-2013, 11:13 PM
I'm trying to not spill the beans...

:lol: yep yep...

Moesride
03-04-2013, 06:17 AM
This is a hard one!.....:scratch:

Mudpuppy
03-04-2013, 04:09 PM
is it off a harley? then the answer would be neither. I thought all their parts were made to last 500 miles or less..

Nobody
03-05-2013, 01:43 AM
I'm trying to not spill the beans...

Too late, light a match for christ's sake......

Gas Man
03-05-2013, 11:44 AM
They start out gray like the right side. They are made of copper & covered in the nickle (or somin). When that covering wears through to the copper, it shows and indicates wear.

So when they look like the one on the left, it would tell you that it's worn, damn near out.

So what does that tell ya?

05chop
03-05-2013, 05:01 PM
Wrong oil used or never changes the oil Im I close?

Gas Man
03-05-2013, 07:00 PM
What if I told you the one of the left that is worn out is from only 5k on the bike.

Caveman
03-12-2013, 10:44 AM
I would say that if worn out at only 5k then there is a clearance issue, Clarence. Verify that there isn't strange wear inside the fork. Change that shit out and look again in 2k miles later. Or perhaps the original bushing was over sized and/or not the right one.

Gas Man
03-12-2013, 05:32 PM
We think the worn out bushing at "5k" was a used replacement.

We replaced it obviously, and I will continue to try and talk Moe into doing the Progressive front shock swap, which we then again check the bushings.

RedneckMedic
03-13-2013, 07:42 AM
I still think the bike was wrecked at some point and the guy never claimed it on the insurance replaced the front end with a used one and then traded the bike in because he was worried.

Gas Man
03-13-2013, 02:07 PM
Yeah we wonder about that as well.