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steve_wood
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Buddy Seat Springs

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Post by steve_wood » Fri Nov 07, 2008 6:44 pm

I'm trying to find out if these springs are supposed to be black or chrome. I've seen both, and the Palmer bible doesn't seem to say one way or another.

This would be for a 56 FLH.

Anybody know for sure?



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Re: Buddy Seat Springs

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:30 pm

Steve,
I'm pretty sure that all those helper springs came painted black. They had a chrome or stainless accessory cover, sort of an inverted cup, that was available to dress them up a little.

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Re: Buddy Seat Springs

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Post by steve_wood » Fri Nov 07, 2008 10:25 pm

Thanks Mike. Looks like the ones from V-Twin are chrome. Rats. Seems to be pretty hard to find the right ones in reasonable condition on ebay.

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Re: Buddy Seat Springs

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Post by 51Hog » Fri Nov 07, 2008 10:51 pm

Steve--
An option would be to get some chrome springs and take them to the chrome shop.
They can remove the chrome, copper, and the nickel plating. This will leave the springs ready for you to paint.
It is very inexpensive to have chrome removed--
Dale

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Re: Buddy Seat Springs

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Post by steve_wood » Fri Nov 07, 2008 11:56 pm

I actually did that once - they charged me half of the cost of plating the item. A rip off I know, and now I'm reluctant to go that route. Plus this is the back woods - people here are as nice as you can get, but there ain't no chrome shop for at least 100 miles. I know a good shop in Ottawa, but then there's the shipping expense. Just doesn't seem to be an easy way to do this one.....

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Re: Buddy Seat Springs

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Post by john HD » Sat Nov 08, 2008 12:28 am

steve,

i gotta think you should be able to snag a set off flea bay pretty cheap.

did you try old dude or nos parts yet?

i got the entire assembly, yoke springs and mounting plate for 40 bucks at davenport a couple of years back.

john

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Re: Buddy Seat Springs

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Post by steve_wood » Sat Nov 08, 2008 1:20 am

A set went last week for $118 as I recall. They were originally black but seriously in need of a repaint.

Since I've been watching, I've only seen that one set.

I'm beginning to think that repop chrome would be okay. But on the other hand I guess I could wait more. Winter's here soon and I won't be riding until May anyways.....

steve

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Re: Buddy Seat Springs

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Post by sprucecreek » Sat Nov 08, 2008 8:58 pm

On my 56FLH, the helper springs are parkerized, and the bar is painted black. I see J&P has the parkerized springs.

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Re: Buddy Seat Springs

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Post by mbskeam » Sat Nov 08, 2008 9:33 pm

if ya dont like chrome, then sand blast and paint. it will stick just fine
both my rims are this way and have held up with with paint
mbskeam

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