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Tele forks, alternative to twine #751596
10/05/18 8:55 am
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Hi all,

The tele fork service sheet calls for "a turn of number five twine" below the fork seal holder.
Are there any alternatives to this? I'm having a hell of a time finding twine.

Thanks,

Luke

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Re: Tele forks, alternative to twine [Re: Howley] #751598
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G'day Luke,

I wound some small gauge string around mine when building the forks and have had no leaks but O-rings can come in a small cross section dia, may be worth trying your local bearing supplier?

Re: Tele forks, alternative to twine [Re: Howley] #751599
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A good sealant but make sure you have the correct dismantling tool to ensure you can get the seal holder off next time. I use Loctite 515 or 518, does not need a lot, if you go with the later O ring make sure its UV protected.

Re: Tele forks, alternative to twine [Re: Howley] #751607
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Could just use PTFE plumbers tape on the threads, works for me...


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Re: Tele forks, alternative to twine [Re: Howley] #751612
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All good ideas. I've got some plumbers tape so I'll try that.

Thanks!

Re: Tele forks, alternative to twine [Re: Howley] #751684
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Not being critical, just curious: Have you no hardware stores in Perth, ie., with twine? I know, this is academic if the Teflon tape works, but there's a pretty big recess where the seal holder meets the fork leg.

Funny, my Chilton book (copyright 1972) also specifies "#5 cotton twine". When I asked for that in the hardware store, they stared at me like I was from Mars. Then they led me to the string/twine/rope selection and I picked out what looked like suitably sized woven twine, which I dipped in melted wax before applying. Works for me.

I think an O-ring is ideal, but that of course requires disassembly of the fork.




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Re: Tele forks, alternative to twine [Re: Howley] #751716
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A good plumbers supply store will keep teflon string as well as tape.


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Re: Tele forks, alternative to twine [Re: BSA_WM20] #751747
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Just a thought, but, maybe the local yarn & fabric store might have an idea what #5 twine might be?

Another idea, if you have access to a local airstrip that has a repair shop, maybe they might know what you are talking about? Aviation shops are WELL stuck into "old" tech.... Especially reconstruction shops. FAA rules and regulations are QUITE vehement about sticking to stated components, materials, and methods....

If nothing else, maybe try;
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/

And see if they can find you a local source they can point you at?

Re: Tele forks, alternative to twine [Re: Howley] #751752
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Re: Tele forks, alternative to twine [Re: Mark Z] #751923
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Originally Posted by Mark Z
Not being critical, just curious: Have you no hardware stores in Perth, ie., with twine? I know, this is academic if the Teflon tape works, but there's a pretty big recess where the seal holder meets the fork leg.

Funny, my Chilton book (copyright 1972) also specifies "#5 cotton twine". When I asked for that in the hardware store, they stared at me like I was from Mars. Then they led me to the string/twine/rope selection and I picked out what looked like suitably sized woven twine, which I dipped in melted wax before applying. Works for me.

I think an O-ring is ideal, but that of course requires disassembly of the fork.





Not sure about anything before 1967 but my 67/68 fork legs have a "widget" (funny shapped piece of metal) that sits ontop of the seals and under the oil seal holder, Dont see why these cant also be used if earlier fork types dont already have them....


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