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Stainless spokes vs. cad plated #43883
07/26/05 5:45 pm
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I am building some wheels for a 1966 Bonneville project. In the past I have had the nipples rechromed and had the spokes cad plated. It usually costs about $80-100 for the cad and chrome. I checked out Buchanans and they have a set of stainless spokes and nipples for $92. I love the looks of chrome & cad. I haven't seen many stainless.

Does anyone have a recommendation on what they feel looks better?

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Re: Stainless spokes vs. cad plated #43884
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I have the Buchanan ss spokes on my Triumph and i love them, they look great and are easy to keep clean


When given the choice between two evils I picked the one I haven't tried before
Re: Stainless spokes vs. cad plated #43885
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FWIW, I think the polished stainless spokes look pretty nice. (Had my wheels done at Buchanan's as well.)


My $0.02,
David


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David
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Re: Stainless spokes vs. cad plated #43886
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For the authentic cadmium/zinc plated look, degloss stainless spokes by sandblasting and while you're at it grind the embossed 'B' off the spoke heads, they're a dead giveaway! B.M.L.S.

Re: Stainless spokes vs. cad plated #43887
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I rebuilt my Triumph wheels with stainless steel rims and polished s/s spokes from Central Wheel in the UK and they look super. I plan to do the same thing with my BSA Victor Roadster this coming winter.
What you use depends on whether you're a stickler for authenticity and originality. I'm not and use stainless fittings and replacement parts all over the bike. Former chrome parts such as fork oil seal holders, fork caps, oil tank plug, timimg hole plug, brake rods and steering stem nut are now stainless items. If I could get a stainless replacement for nuts and bolts they were used as well. Andy Molnar in the UK supplies an extensive line of stainless replacement parts and my bike abounds with his products.
Unlike chrome, stainless can't flake off and a scatch can be polished out. Stainless is also very easy to clean.
Use rim protectors when changing tires to avoid marking the rims with tire irons.

Rocky


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