filling a gouge in stanchion?
So I just discovered a pretty nice gouge on my wifes F100. Looks like a rock got in the seal and did it's thing for a while. vertical deep gouge just above the seal about 1" long.
She needs a rebuild anyway, so I thought I'd try to fill the gouge.
Anyone had luck with epoxy like JB weld, or nailpolish?
Not sure JB Weld is sand-able
I've fixed at least 3 stanchions myself with flawless results. Super Glue and Emery cloth or 2000 grit wet-sandpaper was my choice.
1) knock down any lifted metal using a fine fine jewelers file if needed
2) fill scratch, let dry.
3) buff with cloth by wrapping a section around the stanchion and pulling back and forth with two hands. If you use finger pressure on the area the glue is removed from the scratch, at least ime.
4) repeat 2 and 3 as needed.
5) mission accomplished, go drink a beer.
The first fork I fixed, the scratch was bad enough it caused an oil seal leak. Once I fixed it and replaced the air/oil seals I never had a problem.
If done correctly you can't even feel the scratch with you fingernail. And before everyone goes all ape shiite about using sandpaper I will tell you I've only fixed RS forks and did not removed one bit of ano. I can't say what will happen on a Fox fork...I hear they have a crappy finish..or at least a thin ano finish.