July 28

Earlier this week I pulled the forks off with the intention of replacing the fork seals. However, when I pulled them, I saw how rusty and pitted they are. I discovered that they are also pretty darn bent.

So, I pulled the forks off my 400 roller.
They are much nicer! And straight. Yay!
There is only a little surface rust that I can take care of easily.

What I discovered, however, is that these folks are larger than the ones I pulled off.

Last night, I was hanging out with a couple of fellow two-stroke fanatics. They introduced me to some fantastic beer.

and

My friend suggested that the rusty, bent forks might be RD350LC forks.
33mm with the dual disc mounts. (Stock RD350 are 34mm).
Okay.

So, today I went back into the garage and compared them

Because the decent ones are larger, I pulled the steering stem (tripples) off the roller.

They need some cleaning and new (tapered) bearings, but they should do the trick.

And yes, I’m back to considering painting the frame.

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