Versys fork sliders

Discussion in 'General Discussion / News / Information' started by Hoghead, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. Hoghead

    Hoghead Ol'Timer

    The axle sliders we get there in Thailand are either local crap or expensive imports, so I decided to make my own.

    Rather than a common low tensile steel tie rod or cheesy bit of redi rod, this one is made out of high tensile steel so that it is less likely to break or bend rendering the slider useless. The nut is a stainless acorn nut.

    Note how the aluminium bushings spigot both into the axle and slider in order to take the load on the fork/bushing and not snap off the tie rod when you need it the most
    Sliders are common skate board wheels, tough, cheap to replace and readily available

    I have seen import sliders that do not use centralizing bushings and even cheesy tie rods, so I am pretty pleased that I can do something far better at a similar or better cost

    I made a few extra sets @ 1500 B if anyone is interested
    Yes you can probably buy a Thai one cheaper - the key word is cheap



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  3. yankee99

    yankee99 Ol'Timer

    They look great i wish i had you talent. One question does a skateboard wheel defeat the purpose? i would think it would grip instead of sliding.
  4. Hoghead

    Hoghead Ol'Timer

    No the material is the same
  5. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    You are correct- modern skateboard wheels are made of polyurethane (sp?) and are very grippy. Not sure anyone makes old school nylon wheels anymore?

    Most motorcycle sliders (even the ones made here in Thailand) are made of Nylon or POM (Polyoxymethylene) which slide on pavement thanks to their high stiffness and low friction.

    If those skateboard wheels on Robert's bike are polyurethane they may well grip, rather than slide and the result would, I imagine, be quite ugly...

  6. Hoghead

    Hoghead Ol'Timer

    I thought of that, and the wheel is suitable for the application

    "Grippy-ness" is determined by the durometer of the material. Durometer ratings for soft plastics fall in the Shore A field. Without getting bogged down in ASTM testing methodology, the A scale only goes to 100, and anything past 95 is inaccurate. Manufacturers try and con the unsuspecting buyer by overrating their wheels. For example these wheels are rated at 101A and can only be determined by extrapolating from the B scale.
    The B scale is more appropriate for harder plastics

    As comparison a urethane wheel would be 70-75A and not fit for this application.
  7. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Duh, you lost me here (not difficult some would say), but I'm pleased you know your stuff. Keep 'em coming. :thumbup:
  8. Hoghead

    Hoghead Ol'Timer

    Drop by and I will fit a set to your bike as a small token of appreciation for taking Mrs Hoghead and I on the the Laos trip
  9. SilverhawkUSA

    SilverhawkUSA Ol'Timer


    So did they work?? ;-)
  10. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator Staff Member

    Let you know when I get to do a close inspection of the bike, after Songkran.
  11. yankee99

    yankee99 Ol'Timer

    Did his bike go down in a slide?

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