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This topic contains 8 replies, has 6 voices, and was last updated by Pete Esser Pete Esser 5 months, 2 weeks ago.

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  • #7422

    Stuart Morrison
    Participant

    Any recommendations on rechromers?  I contacted a local recromers but they said they couldn’t do the exhaust and I would have to clean the carbon out and they couldn’t do the fork stanchions either.  The internet is full of rechroming companies but it’s hard to tell who are agents and who are actually rechromers.  It’s also tricky to tell who is reputable with these parts and who is not.

    Any help on this is greatly appreciated.

  • #7423
    Don Gray
    Don Gray
    Participant

    Hi Stuart. I use a chromers local to me in Ramsgate Kent called Butterworths. Been there years & years & they turn out really good work. They did a lovely job on a BSA exhaust pipe for me. I don’t know if theyll do your fork legs though…. Don’t they have to have a “special” hard chrome thats then ground to size? Anyway… worth a call if you’re near the South East??  Cheers & good luck..

  • #7424
    Don Gray
    Don Gray
    Participant
  • #7425

    James lucas
    Participant

    Hello Stuart, I have used a company called Broadway Brass Ltd, Unit 2 , Hertford St, Birmingham B12 8 NJ. 0121 440 3173  Speak with Mark . They have done my exhaust pipes  and silencers on a BSA A65 and Triumph Trident. They will dip them in a solution to get rid of the carbon before going into the acid bath for stripping. I have been pleased with the results . If you find that you are unhappy with the results they will re do them without fuss.

    Regards James

  • #7426
    David Lord
    David Lord
    Keymaster

    I used these guys based in Alton, Hants and they were very good. http://www.beckworth.net/

  • #7428

    Stuart Morrison
    Participant

    Thanks for all the recommendations.  I contacted these guys: http://www.chromerestorationspecialist.co.uk/

    The total came to £3k including vat.  Are these realistic prices?  I will try the other you have recommended as well.  Thanks for the help

    2    Headlamp brackets, 1    Headlamp Rim, 1    Headlamp reflector re-silver £75, 2    Wheel rims £225 each, 2    Silencers £240 each, 4    Down pipes £125 each, 1    Collector box £135, 1    Set fork legs hard chrome and grind £185, 2    Fork sliders mirror polish £75 each, 1    Handle bars £95, 2    Handle bar clamps £16 each, 2    Fork shrouds £45 each, 1    Head lamp shell £85, 1    Rear mud guard £160, 1    Rear light bracket £75, 1    Front mudguard £135, 1    Rear grab rail £165

    • #7451

      Anonymous

      Sorry in advance for this non-useful response, but I can’t help gasping in near horror at those prices! Is it just me, or do these kinds of prices (more for replating one wheel rim than to buy two new ones and still have a rusty one for a spare, for example) seem so far over the top as to be verging on mad?

  • #7452

    Stuart Morrison
    Participant

    I contacted beckworth today and they came in at ~£2500.

    I also contacted a guy from down birmingham way and he cam in at £1200 but I’m suspicious about the quality.

    The prices are high and in some cases its cheaper to buy new but there is a couple of tradeoffs there, Quality of the product and chrome may be inferior and it raises the question…do I stay true to the bike and refit the originals.

    I’ll keep looking and any further recommendations are welcome.

    Cheers

  • #7706
    Pete Esser
    Pete Esser
    Participant

    Beckworth Silvabronz are very good, but you get what you pay for. Much of the cost is tied up in the condition of the items and the preparation required, so you might reduce the cost by prepping some of the parts yourself. I would just buy a new set of stanchions, they would be much cheaper – how can you tell if they are original or not? If you want originality, what about NOS parts? I decided to have stainless rims and spokes fitted onto my refinished hubs, which was only about 30 pounds dearer than the price you mention per rim. I built my own polishing/sanding set up from an old 3/4 hp motor and it gets alloy parts like your fork legs to a mirror finish in no time. I fit Scotch brite discs on one side which removes old varnish/corrosion and polishing mops on the other. Alternatively you can buy one off the shelf, they are not too expensive. Same with the down pipes – at that price, have you considered stainless ones?

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