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    How do you use PVC pipe to make walmart zoom forks rigid?

    First time posting. I hope I found the right forum.


    I'm making my version of a klunker using left over parts for a SS mtb commuter. I want to use the zoom forks off an old walmart mongoose because they look cool and have disk breaks.


    How do I convert them to rigid forks. I understand that they are not really suspension forks. I just need to know how to take the things apart and how much I need to cut the PVC pipe. I don't think they even have springs so I can't just take the springs out and cut the pipe to size.


    A little ingenuity and experience would be greatly appreciated.


    Thanks

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    A little ingenuity and experience would be greatly appreciated.
    I don't think anyone has done that before, ever.

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    I'm gonna give it a try. I think I can figure it out. I just wanted it see if I could get some help. Why reinvent the wheel.

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    do it up be a fore father of said converting walmart to goodwill bikes!

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    You're not reinventing the wheel at all. What you're doing is taking a possible deathtrap and turning it into a certain deathtrap.
    I've made some bad decisions like taking the gears off my bike. So here's the warning: Do not as I say, nor as I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bro View Post
    You're not reinventing the wheel at all. What you're doing is taking a possible deathtrap and turning it into a certain deathtrap.
    Bro,

    Why is it a death trap?

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    Replacing a fork with PVC pipe is a great way to ensure that it will catastrophically fail.
    I've made some bad decisions like taking the gears off my bike. So here's the warning: Do not as I say, nor as I do.

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    Here ya go, search is your friend.

    Zoom fork maintenance

    It appears they are likely fully rigid already, so you're in luck. Cool looking and ready to go with with disk breaks!

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    Clean them out with a degreaser. Put back together, remove top cap and pour in concrete, let dry. Stiff as hell, much stronger than before, and not much heavier considering you couldn't wheelie with them in the first place.

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    Thanks for the help flaming taco and harryman. Even though the fork are "rigid" that little bit of travel sucks when I'm going up hills. It absorbs a lot of energy. I think it would be a great mod to make them more stiff.

    Bro,

    I appreciate your concern. I am not going to have PVC tube forks. I'm going to just drop some PVC pipe in the fork tubs to eliminate all travel.

    Thanks again guys.

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    This thread makes me sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    This thread makes me sad.
    sad is an understatement at this point....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackdout View Post
    I appreciate your concern. I am not going to have PVC tube forks. I'm going to just drop some PVC pipe in the fork tubs to eliminate all travel.
    No, we get that. The problem is putting rigid PVC in there is going to put a lot more stress on the fork and will make it significantly more likely to fail. You'd be a lot better off just hitting a couple bike shops and finding an old rigid take-off fork they'll sell for cheap. It'll be a heck of a of lighter too.

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    Bad mechanic,

    that makes a lot of sense. Thanks for giving me some insight into why it is a bad idea. That is received a lot better than short responses or sarcasm. I appreciate it.

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