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Old 07-28-2003, 02:17 PM
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Chrome Coilovers

It seems puzzling to me that chrome coilovers springs for cars have a high failure rate. That is, the chrome cracks and breaks off after a short time. But motorcycle chromed coilovers springs don't have this problem and have been used for many years. Both types are matched for their application and so will flex and have the same amount of relative travel. So why don't the motorcyle coilovers crack and break?

I want to put some nice show-quality coilovers on my Jag rearend. If there are any that tend to last longer and have good riding characteristics, please let me know.

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Chrome coil over springs

I have had Alden chrome coil over springs on the rear of my hot rod for 15 years and have never had one crack. They are expensive but worth the difference.
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part of the problem is the plating process, the US platers must adhere to strict EPA rules, this effects the quality of the plating, most motorcycles get their chrome from across the pond, where the rules (if any) are different.
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Any time you crome anything you get hydrogen embritlement,this makes it highly subject to cracking and breaking. this effect can be greatly reduced by baking the part to release Hydrogen atoms.For best effect it should be done immediately. The longer you wait the less effect.
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