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    Author Topic: How to: Wrap forks in vinyl.  (Read 14078 times)
    theducatikid
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    « on: May 30, 2009, 08:32:31 PM »

    This is a fairly simple mod that I think looks really cool, it just takes a little patients.

    Please note, I didn't take pics while I was actually doing this so you'll have to use your imagination but here's the basic idea.

    You will need:



    -Vinyl (I used Avery A9 Flat Black)
    -Heat gun (a hair dryer would probably work)
    -Razor blade or Exacto knife and a straight edge

    First, measure the diameter and length of your forks above and below the lower triple clamp.

    Next, mark out the vinyl for cutting.



    Then cut it.



    I pealed the backing off and cut a small strip with scissors to give myself something to grab on to while applying it.




    Next, remove the front wheel and head light.  This isn't necessary, but makes it a whole lot easier.  Basically the more room around the forks you make the easier it is.

    Then, get a section started around the back of the forks where you can hide the seam.  Make sure it is as vertically straight as possible otherwise it will be misaligned as you wrap it creating a gap at the top or bottom.



    This is the tricky part.  Get a buddy to warm the vinyl with the heat gun just a bit to make it supple enoegh to work it onto the forks.  This will help getting it to conform to the shape of the fork, just be careful not to heat and stretch it too much.

    So...while holding the vinyl with one hand, start smoothing it out with your other hand, like this:







    Continue this all the way around until your done.  If you get air bubbles or wrinkles, simply peal that area back and re-apply.

    Good luck!




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    « Reply #1 on: May 30, 2009, 09:17:27 PM »

    Cool write up! It looks easier than imagined, but I'm sure it can still be bang head
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    « Reply #2 on: May 30, 2009, 09:28:33 PM »

    great job.. waytogo
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    « Reply #3 on: May 31, 2009, 05:31:37 AM »

    Awesome write up!  thanks! =D
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    « Reply #4 on: May 31, 2009, 10:11:14 AM »

    i will def try it this week ! thx  [moto]
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    « Reply #5 on: June 01, 2009, 02:10:32 AM »

     waytogo On the write up......it turned out great.  Patience is the key ingredient!  I would like to add a thing or two if you don't mind.

    - A hair dryer can be substituted for a heat gun....b/c it that's what it is.  Use on low to medium heat and DO NOT   
      STRETCH THE VINYL.  It causes problems during install, and after exposure to the elements stretched vinyl will try
      to return to its original state causing cracks/peeling. 

    - Use a credit card or applicator to smooth the vinyl.  You won't always be able to do this, but it makes it easier to
      eliminate bubbles and wrinkles.

    - Wrap the forks counter clockwise which leaves the exposed edge of the vinyl facing away from wind and debris.

    I look forward to seeing more bikes with this mod!

    - Will
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    « Reply #6 on: June 01, 2009, 08:45:34 PM »

    Nice write up  waytogo

    How much vinyl did you order and where did you order it from?
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    « Reply #7 on: June 01, 2009, 09:49:52 PM »

    I happen to have the Avery A9 flat black in stock.  I have measured ('01 m900) 7.5" between both the top and bottom triple and from the bottom triple to the end of the fork tube.  Flanman recently ordered the same material, but he said his S2R 800 forks were longer from the bottom triple to the end of the fork tube (9").  Measure yours to be sure.  The fork diameter for 50mm/54mm Monster forks is approx. 9".  I can send any combination of 8"x10" or 10"x10" panels to you.  I can also cut the vinyl to any other dimension you need, upon request.

    Avery A9 Flat Black - $6 per sheet shipped.

    Let me know,

    - Will
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    « Reply #8 on: June 03, 2009, 08:19:14 PM »

    I hate to ask, but what happens if you need to remove the forks for servicing later on down the road?
    Can the forks tubes slide through the triple clamps with the vinyl intact, or will you have to remove it first, and then reinstall it again after you replace the forks?

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    « Reply #9 on: June 03, 2009, 09:38:01 PM »

    The latter, unfortunately.  Although, I have never had to remove my forks.  As I understand it, the clearance is so tight it would scuff/tear the vinyl, and make it a pain in the ass to get the forks out.  I would try lubing the triples and vinyl with soapy water to see if it would work.  The soapy water would evaporate leaving a solid area for the triples to clamp and hold once reinstalled.  Stay away from oils and grease!

    The idea behind the vinyl vs anodizing or powder coating is that its cheap to replace and easily removed if need be.  If your very careful during removal and apply the vinyl to waxed paper you may be able to reuse it.  Make sure you keep dust and dirt off of the adhesive backing, and use rubber gloves to prevent the oils from your fingers causing a loss of adhesion.
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    « Reply #10 on: June 06, 2009, 10:59:54 AM »

    Awesome! 

    I am suprised I didn't think of this myself!

    I have a bunch of 3M 180 but need to get some matte lam since most of the wraps we do are glossy ... on second thought .. we might have the 180 in matte already ... time to throw some in the Mimaki and try it out!  I wonder if I can match the Ohlins gold?   Grin 


    Have you tried with a calendered film?  I have a ton of matte lam but it's not cast ... it's Oracal 210 I think.
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    « Reply #11 on: June 07, 2009, 06:02:28 PM »


    That looks really nice.
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    « Reply #12 on: June 07, 2009, 08:50:22 PM »

    Wow.

    This is a nice idea and really looks good on your Dark.

    I might give it a try.  Nice write up too.
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    « Reply #13 on: August 31, 2009, 05:18:43 PM »

    Just wrapped mine looks great .
    To make it easier what I did was loosened the bolts holding the fork in the clamps(one fork at a time)
    then rotated the fork as I was applied the vinyl ,this makes is easier than removing the headlight and wheel and working it around behind.
    Measure the gaps to return the fork to the original length.
    Tighten the fork after rotating the seam to the inside then start on the other side .

    An added bonus is that you can hide any creases easily , the vinyl needs to be stretched to contour the shoulder where the forks change in diameter I found it impossible not to get a few at the end of the wrap so just turned the offending spot to the inside  waytogo
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    « Reply #14 on: September 01, 2009, 05:32:48 AM »

    Great idea!....now where are the pics  popcorn
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