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Kestrel 66 Fork Sliders

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Kestrel 66 Fork Sliders

Post  PeterW on Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:45 pm

I had some new fork sliders made for my Kestrel 66 by a so-called “expert”. Sadly the quality of the work was bad to say the least. The brazing each end holding the spring anchors and front axel clamps to the tubes has already failed but the main problem seems to be the material used for the slider tubes themselves which appears to very soft and akin to that used for water pipes! The lower ends, where the axel clamps are fitted, had actually stretched in to an oval shape after about 5 minutes of riding!

Is anyone able to recommend the correct grade of steel to use for folk slider tubes please? Any advice will be very gratefully received.

Cheers,

PeterW
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Post  piston 197 on Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:16 pm

Peter , I have never replaced the tubing on a Kestrel 66 so not sure of the availability of tube, but I have replaced many tubes over the years on the bigger falcon forks including my own Trials 60 which stood 10 years of trials use.
I always used hydraulic seamless tubing which was available in 1 1/4" o.d. with the correct wall thickness, This was supplied by dragon pipelines in Wales, but have not done the job for about 10 Years now, so not sure if they are still in business, or whether they can supply what you need ?
If the worse comes to the worse I have a pair of sliders from a Kestrel 69, these will have the wrong bottoms for the 66, but the tube could be utilised ??

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