Some stuff done during the week
Tweaked the paintjob, colours were too solid looking so i sponged it all over with Kaki green before going over it with enamel laquer, cant remember how many coats, lost count at six
, got a full set of new bearings for the rear from a local engineering place, fitting was a simple case of knocking the old ones out and the new ones in, got the headset in and bolted the fork crowns in place, still waiting on fork seals to get the legs together, should have them tomorrow and get the forks built up over the weekend.
Here is the Shiver forks in bits, paid top money for these of E-bay and they turned out to be leaking (not mentioned in add), seller agreed to refund £50 for the cost of seals and oil so not so bad, though maybe i should have pushed for £90 as this is what most bike shops would charge for a seal and oil change.
They are simple things though, bottom nut off, top cap off and the whole lot comes apart (spilling oil everywhere), the main seal levers out (after taking off the spring clip), the long black things are the main bushes which just push out once the main seal is removed, superb, simple, stong design.
May try filling them with ATF after reading the "fork oil" thread.
The best stuff to run in shiv's is 5 or 7.5 weight gold spectre. I found they dive going into corners etc with 5 unless you crank your compression on both legs a considerable amount, but once done, they are ultra smooth.
Also, best fix for shivers to fix the notorious noodle legs is to have a stainless or similar axle lathed out. Costs about 50$ plus labor US rate, so I'm thinking it will be comparable there also. A custom axle will make the shivers feel like your running some f1 or gism forks they are so stiff.
Phil wood offers the best bearings on the market might I add, so if you ever wanna replace em all, they will have what you need.