Another Kite fork thread thread 😆
The threaded studs on the sliders and forks that take the friction damper arms are in a poor state my best guess is that they are 7/16″ X 20tpi Bscy
corroded as they are I dont think they are 1/2″ of course Scotts may have used odd balls like 15/32″ does any one know?
(of course I have no matching threaded parts)
The mounting studs for Bentley and Draper “Stabilizers”, the friction dampers on Scott Kite-shape forks, are threaded 0.5″ x 20 TPI. Yours must be well and truly “weathered”!
Barry Jackson does excellent “repro” B&D stablizers.
Hope this helps.
Thanks for the thread info Brian and radicool.
As you can tell I am deep into restoration of these forks. In spite of trawling many miles of old yowls and ‘technicalities’ I can find little information on refurbishing these Kite forks. In particular my previous workshop experience tells me that the fork legs should not be such a sloppy fit in the captive ball ended sleeves they slide in. and also that a modern oil/grease seal or o ring should also be introduced. I am busy thinking of introducing nylon or brass tubing into the 50 odd thou of clearance available, however I am a great believer in only blazing trails when necessary and I am sure that others have been here beore , unfortunately they seem to have covered their tracks up too well. 🙁
Somebody sugested hard chrome for the actual legs (like them there modern telescopic forks 🙂 ) obviously stopping where they enter the shroud. Again has anyone done that and what sort of thickness does the process build up?
when I fixed up a set I had them electroless nickel plated with a special plating that has an amalgam of nylon in the matrix, I know its a bit space age but we should take advantage of technology where we can!!! The other advantage of e/nick is that it goes on evenly and doesnt need grinding after deposting , the forks have worked well in Wally Haylocks TT rep over a period of about 5 years.