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Is this possible? I am not familiar with the anodizing process and if it has to be any metals in particular or maybe it wont work on metals that flex etc - Would anyone happen to know if the rear shock spring on the Versys can be anodized? I was thinking a Kawi green to match my Versys since that combo looks great on the red V
 

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I purchase anodized aluminum fixtures and jigs for my work all the time.

I assume the spring is steel. I am not aware of an anodize coating for steel. Steel is usually prepped then painted or powder coated.
 

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Would the powder coating stand up fine to the flexing of the spring?
Probably, but the spring might not stand up to the baking/curing of the powder coating.
Average curing time is 380-400 degrees F, which is certainly in the realm of affecting the spring steel's properties.
 

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If it is a compression spring, powder coating can work, but for a tension spring the penetration of powder inside the coil is always a problem. Electrocoating is the best for finest throwing power. Powder coating has a tendency to chip while Electrocoating does not. Hydrogen embrittlement does not happen in powder coating or Electrocoating. The springs of good quality spring steel and properly heat treated are not affected by the baking temperatures of powder coating or Electrocoating (338 to 392 degrees F).

http://www.finishing.com/224/02.shtml

http://www.coilingtech.com/powder-coating.html

http://www.racetech.com/html_files/powercoat.html
 

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Invader,
Don't be embarrassed. We Versys folk are EXTREMELY lucky to have YOU as a resource! :clap:
Thanks for being one of us, and for adding to so MANY threads! :eek:penarms:
 

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Here's a link to the Wiki description of anodizing.

Wikipedia said:
Anodic films are most commonly applied to protect aluminium alloys, although processes also exist for titanium, zinc, magnesium, niobium, and tantalum. This process is not a useful treatment for iron or carbon steel because these metals exfoliate when oxidized; i.e., the iron oxide (also known as rust) forms by pits and flakes, these flakes both fall off as well as trap oxygen-bearing moisture, constantly exposing the underlying metal to corrosion.
So when you get that trick titanium spring you can get it anodized.
 

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That looks Fantastic!
I was headed down that road until I got my hugger, painted to match the swing arm...and only then came to terms with the silver spring but.....
WOW!!!! that green spring ROCKS !!!!!
 
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