Hi folks. I'm restoring an SS50 (1976 4-speed) and would like to remove the small chrome rings from the top of the aluminium fork legs prior t having the legs re-painted (powder coated). Can they be removed without damaging them? Anyone did it successfully before?
Well I ended up finding a solution. I got a very fine tipped chisel and from the least visible face (inside of fork leg tapped the chrome ring upwards. After it moved a fraction I could get some WD40 it and things started to move. I still had to tap at visible sides also but the damage to the alloy was very slight.
I did wonder if the fork legs were originally polished and lacquered instead of silver painted but as you can see in pic they have silver paint under the rings. perhaps if yiu omit the paint here when restoring it will be easier to remove them in future as the chiselling dameages them and they might rust up later