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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:33 am 
Dirt Disciple

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Location: Dorset
Hi guys

I noticed tcb888 had posted a query about a stuck stem recently. Unfortunately I went one stage further as I could not move the stem so I took matters into my own hands and sawed the stem off :( .

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I read in another forum somewhere that if this happens the existing or left over stem could be bored out. Is this something that I could do myself and is this quite a straightforward job.

Also I had a look at the forks, thinking they were sprayed silver but they seem to chrome plated. How easy/costly a job is it to have them re-plated or is it possible to spray over with a different colour?

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Many thanks

Nick


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:05 am 
Retro Guru

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After riding her training bike for years without the expander bolt I decided to fix it. I had a plumbers type butane gas burner and heated up the fork column enough to melt the alloy, this is far below brazing temperature.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:09 am 
Dirt Disciple

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What about drilling the visible stem? and then filing it off? Maybe I could use a burner to get rid of any left over nearer the steerer?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:13 am 
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The stem might go down 4 or 5 inches, all I am saying, my way worked quite quickly, starting from the top. Be aware the melted metal dripping out is probably 700 centigrade.
Keith


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:21 am 
Dirt Disciple

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No that's cool thanks Keith :)


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:24 am 
Dirt Disciple

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So protective clothing all round then!!


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:11 am 
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It's not explosive, it will just drip out in lumps, and cool very quickly. Not enough heat to damage a concrete floor.


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