fork slider interchange

Discussion in 'Wheels' started by leedham, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. leedham

    leedham Member

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    Hey gang,

    I'm considering swapping my lower fork sliders. They are pitted. Not wanting to go for chrome, I'm looking for good used takeoff aluminum ones ( which I assume is clear powdercoated from the factory ). My part number is R 46497-02 and on eBay, I have found R 46497-02 A. Does anyone know if the " A " is going to cause me problems? Both sides are like that. Or what years are a direct fit? Thanks for taking the time to read this.
    The bike is a 2002 FLHRCI
     
  2. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    The following is copied from e-bay guides eBay Guides - Harley-Davidson Part Number System

    The first five numbers in the part number is the part itself. The numbers after the hyphen is the year it first came out. For example, a 45733-48 is a tube plug oil seal used on the front forks of the FL series bikes from 1948 to present. If this part had a letter following the -48, then it would still be the same part but with an upgrade of some kind. (i.e.; 45733-48A). The same part number, 45733-48B, would be the third incarnation of the part but would still work on 1948 to present FL models. Hypothetically, if the part number were to change from 45733-48A to 45733-95, this would mean it changed so dramatically starting in 1995 that you must use that part from 1995 to present while the dash -48A number would work from 1948-1994 models.
    Nuts, bolts, washers (common hardware) and most o-rings do not fall into this part number system. They typically have up to five numbers only (i.e.; part number 11105 is a rubber o-ring where as part number 0207 is a washer).
    Keeping it accurate is the key you'll need for using the correct part for the year motorcycle you have.
    I hope this helps.
    Guide ID: 10000000000121798Guide created: 12/28/05 (updated 10/08/10)
     
  3. Hooligan

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    it just means they obsoleted the first part number, and it supercedes to the A part number...what bike do you have, i probably have a couple sets lying around, i did two chrome front end conversions just today....just let me know if you want to check.
     
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  4. jerrybombard

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    Before going to the trouble of swapping out your lowers for different ones (that will end up with the same problem) try this:
    600 grit wet/dry sandpaper used wet will almost instantly remove the clear coat. That is what's pitted, not the forks themselves. I did mine and could not believe the finish. After some Bad Dog aluminum polish, there are almost as good as chrome. (Google bad Dog Polish for a cool video) Depening have much time you want to take, the better they get. Give it a try.
     
  5. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Paint stripper will also lift the clearcoat off the metal with no chance of scratching the metal just keep it away from the paint
    then use a good qulity metal polish and they will shine like new

    Brian
     
  6. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    I used paint stripper, a few grades of sandpaper (800-1200) and aluminum polish on my Dyna fork legs. I spent an afternoon doing it. Not as shiny as chrome, but nice looking, and low cost. I polish them once a year, and wax with carnuba to keep from dulling.
     

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  7. leedham

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    Thanks to all who replied. I've got some options and a good idea how I'm gonna tackle this.