Re: springer fork
Winter is in full swing here as well. It has been snowing for three days now. This is my first build and am just taking the whole winter season to go through things system by system for a nice secure feeling ride this spring.
If you have a little time it's worth taking the forks apart and having a look. I was kind of shocked at the fit and finish. The pivot tube (for lack of proper identafication) is made from welded tube with plenty of weld flash through the I.D..
I ream drilled the flash out, and pressed some brass into the tube (bronze would be nicer). With the brass pressed in I redrilled it on center and packed it with grease. Although brass is on the soft side I am not concerned as this pivot is not under constant single direction rotational wear. The correct fit to the bolt is so much better that the load and wear is destributed over much more surface area.
The addition of the washers is self explanatory. You'll see when you have a look see. Good luck!