I usually browse around instead of posting, but given how the Mojo is such a customizable bike, I thought others might enjoy seeing a new color for a change. I bought the Mojo used a couple years ago with chrome links, but always wanted some color. The red and blue that so many of you have posted look amazing, but I wanted yellow/gold. I bought a set of used links a few weeks back, stripped the anodizing, and using the DIY websites, I anodized my links gold. Soon after, many other removable aluminum bits were stripped of their original finish and anodized gold as well! Might go for some braided gold Jagwire housings next - A set of gold I9's would finish it off, but that will have to wait a while.
Thoughts on the anodizing process:
I used a very small set up, about a gallon and a half anodizing tank, with small side "tanks" for stripper (Red Devil lye), and desmut (10-20% nitric acid). Stripping parts was the most time consuming, it takes about 10-15 minutes for the lye to break down the existing finish, then it takes off like wildfire. I periodically scrubbed the parts with steel wool to move the process along more evenly.
After parts were stripped, a lot of time was spent cleaning and polishing. Any imperfections are exaggerated by the anodizing process. Final cleaning was done wearing rubber gloves (they were used to stripping too) and using degreasing dish soap (Joy/Palmolive). Wiring the parts to the positive lead took some thought - it's imperative to have a solid connection or the part won't anodize.
I used a small manual battery charger, set at the 12v 2amp setting. Even this might have been more current than necessary. The negative lead gives off some nasty gases, so ventilation is important. I wasn't satisifed with RIT dye in yellow, so I bought some Gold S and Orange Gold dye from Caswell, and the results were much better!
The bearings were just about as tight as they were when I took them out, no wiggle room for sure. If a part were left in the Lye too long, or anodized too long, I imagine there might be some noticeable change.
PS - I couldn't find a single bike shop in Boston or on the North Shore of Massachusetts that has an XTR Crank removal tool - I ended up buying my own.
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