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That looks like it's been hit by a stone or something. It is a worry I have.
I've chipped my Kashima Fox MTB forks on a rock previously - nail polish works wonders for a repair, apply/tape around/fine nail file as flat as possible/polish smooth... has been going strong for +2 years since.
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There you go Dean. You could've just bough a few bottles of gold nail polish and done it yourself! You're welcome!
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Does anybody know why The top teams have gone away from Kashima coatings. Seems a few years ago every top mx/sx team has it. Nowdays its not as common.
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Does anybody know why The top teams have gone away from Kashima coatings. Seems a few years ago every top mx/sx team has it. Nowdays its not as common.
In AMA MX/SX, many of the top teams still run Kashima coated outer tubes, this is true for the Factory Kawaski, Factory Yamaha and Factory Honda bikes. The JGR supported Factory Suzuki bikes run different forks and coatings on their lites vs open bikes. I think there may be a connection between the Japanese brands of suspension and the Japanese proprietary Kashima coating.

Of the big brand teams, its really only KTM that dont run it on their WP Cone Valve forks. Not sure why that is. Maybe its because they dont want a Japanese product on their Euro forks. Maybe its because KTM have always tried to run what they sell (until the 48mm vs 52mm saga). The Cone Valves that you and I can buy from the PowerParts catalogue dont have Kashima. Maybe another reason?
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You are never going to eliminate roost from our world or its damaging effects.
The interesting thing here is that the MTB forks are suffering much more than the MX forks. There is possibly a compatability issue here. A lot of the MTB guys are using 7075 grade alloys in their forks where the MX forks are primarily 6000 series T6. I would put this down to the need to keep pushbikes as light as possible whilst maintaining maximum strength.
We use 6061 T6 alloy exclusively in our workshop. It is an aircraft grade, high strength alloy that is incredibly versatile.
7075 is of slightly higher strength but it is not as receptive to welding or anodising as 6061.
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What if you clear wrap the forks in vinyl ?
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