Springer horn covers

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Springer horn covers

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Post by Robert Luland » Sat Jul 24, 2010 7:14 pm

This is a dumb question but I got to ask it. I got two OEM springer horn covers in my hand as I'm writing this. One is brass and the other tin. When did they stop making one and start the other. I know this isn't on the level of the chicken and the egg thing but its close. Bob



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Re: Springer horn covers

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Post by john HD » Sun Jul 25, 2010 1:46 am

never knew they made a brass one. must be pretty if it was shined up!

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Re: Springer horn covers

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Sun Jul 25, 2010 2:01 am

Robert
Are you sure its solid brass? Stick a magnet to it and tell us what happens. I'd almost bet that its a steel cover that had been chromed and then bead blasted until the chrome came off and the copper flash over the steel was showing. Do the magnet test and let us know.

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Re: Springer horn covers

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Post by Robert Luland » Sun Jul 25, 2010 4:09 pm

Got back to the shop today and did the magnet thing. Mike its solid brass. The other pic is of the the task for this weekend. Trying to spray those hub with out run is a real bitch. Bob
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Re: Springer horn covers

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Post by RUBONE » Sun Jul 25, 2010 5:40 pm

The stamped brass covers were always chromed, never raw. They were made just like the eagle fender tips, stamped, polished, plated. The steel ones were painted. And they existed at the same time, one does not supersede the other. It depended on the package the bike came with. Many steel ones have been plated over the years by owners dressing up their bikes. They usually show polishing damage such as rounded edges and a not so crisp stamping.
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Oh, and factory hubs often have runs on them!

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Re: Springer horn covers

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Post by Robert Luland » Sun Jul 25, 2010 5:56 pm

Rob, I don't think the factory sprayed them, far to labor intensive. They were dipped. I was thinking of doing the same thing. I have a range in the shop and I was going to heat the paint to about 180 to 200 degrees so it would just flow off but the price of paint right know makes the idea prohibitive. I ended up using a very small gravity feed spot gun which made it much easier to get in to the crevices with out the runs.

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Re: Springer horn covers

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Sun Jul 25, 2010 11:59 pm

thanks for the update Robert, I have a pile of old covers in the shop, magnet test tomorrow!

I just went throught the same hub painting thing, VL hubs are much easier to paint than star-hubs.

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Re: Springer horn covers

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Post by knuckcrazy » Wed Oct 20, 2010 7:10 pm

Robert Luland wrote:Got back to the shop today and did the magnet thing. Mike its solid brass. The other pic is of the the task for this weekend. Trying to spray those hub with out run is a real bitch. Bob
If you got any more brass ones I could sure use one :D

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