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Old 05-13-2007, 10:30 AM
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Got some questions about chromed suspension parts

Since i live in Malta Europe the only chromed suspension i see is on programes on tv. How are suspension parts chromed? Are they powder coated or chrome plated? Do they last or do they crack when used?

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Chrome and powder coating are two entirely different procedures and result in two entirely different results. Powder Coating is like paint ... it comes in many different colors.

Chrome can lead to hydrogen embrittlement which can crack. I have a completely chromed front suspension under my 32 Ford roadster. It has been on the road for many years ( 52 thousand miles ) and looks as good today as the day I took the parts out of the box from the chrome platers. I did have one of the better known platers do the work. They have a excellent reputation ( Advance Plating in Nashville TN )

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Thanks for the warm welcome. I have posted a couple of times in the body section but this is the first time in the suspension section.
Iv'e seen coilsprings chromed, don't they crack when they move?
I am posting for a friend of mine as he asked me these questions.
By the way great lookin chassis!!
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They chrome suspension parts here all the time.

You polish them up and run them through the plating process. Usually a part gets 3 baths. The first bath electroplates the part with copper, to fill imperfections. The next is nickel and is a base for the chrome, then the final is chrome.

Sometimes the chrome does crack, usually because of the prep or plating process, and I know that really critical parts don't usually get chrome plated because it could cause hydrogen embrittlement in steel parts..There are ways to keep from causing hydrogen embrittlement, usually baking the part is required.

Powdercoating is another alternative, cheaper and more durable than many paints.

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I live in Norway and in my opinion, chromeplated parts doesn't belong under a car. At least not in this part of the world.

One thing is the front suspension on a fenderless car. That's probably not so bad because it is easy access to the parts. Then they will be washed and polished often enough to keep them nice.
A very different thing is motor & transmission oil pans, rear axle stabilizer rods, rear axle coilovers etc.

Maybe there are lots of bad chrome-platers in Norway. I don't know. But I've seen too many chrome plated, rust pitted suspension parts under enthusiast cars, to make me wanting to have the same.

For me there are stainless steel or paint/powder coating under the car.
Paint don't last forever of course, but rust pitted paint can be fixed in the garage.
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