You get can damn near any color you want with anodizing. It's fairly cheap to do in large batches, too.R1formetoo said:Fair enough, then how do you make them black. Anodize them, haven't seen black anodizing, does it exist? Any other ideas. And in reference to Moto's comment, I thought about that and its a good idea. They are about 1.25 inches long at the moment, you think thats long enough to effectively save a swingarm? I'll be glad to make a few sets of different length spools (when I get a lathe) and send them to someone who can then install them and push his bike over and see if they work. j/k
Locally, I can get a basket full of things in any color I want for $50. Doesn;t matter if I want 3 things done or 300 - as long as it fits in the dipping basket - then it's $50. I'm guessing about 100 spools would fit in there.
The length should fine at 1.25". Mine are about the samer and they've saved a few guys' swingarms. A few arcer friends of mine think that 1.25" is too long as they grind and lift the rear wheel. They also like plastic over aluminum as it'll grind away without lifting. But this is only a problem for 0.005% o fthe people out there.
I've made a million spools over the years, let me know if I can help you out with any questions - or lathe set up, etc.
What kind of lathe did you get? Manual or CNC? What kind fo DRO's?
Good looking parts! Good luck with them!