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    How would you guys feel about this?

    Hey guys, a question for you...

    Would you feel good about installing a 2mm strip of aluminum around a fork tube to act as a spacer for a larger set of clip-ons? The strip would ideally give full contact around the entire fork tube, minus a hair or two to allow for the compression of tightening the clip-on.

    What do you gurus think?


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    I've never done this but, if you use "dead soft" aluminum, it is likely that the malleability of the metal will allow the clip-ons to loosen over time; maybe on one ride! I would consider that to be an extreme safety issue warranting the expenditure necessary to purchase the correct size of clip-ons.

    If you do it, be sure to have the aluminum rolled rather than "beaten" into shape to provide maximum area of contact.[8D]

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    I have shimmed plenty of clip-ons on race bikes using beverage can material. Has worked fine for me for years.

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    I shimmed mine with some brass stock. seems to hold fine.

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    What's dead soft aluminum? Never heard of it...

    So far the tally is 2 for, 1 against!

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    Some Magura clip-ons used to come with a variety of different sized aluminum spacers to fit different diameter fork tubes. I've had a set on my Triumph for a few years now and have never had any problems.
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    it really does seem frightening, but the clipons are held to the shims are held to the forks same as the clip on is held to the forks, just clamped friction.

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    Beer can for the win. Preferably Guinness....
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    Dead soft is pure, unalloyed, untempered aluminum. It is very easy to work but has low hardness and strength. Kinda like an old guy.[8D]

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    quote:Originally posted by Swagger

    Beer can for the win. Preferably Guinness....
    +1.

    thicker spacers are usually machined from cast aluminium because its harder than 6061, etc. but, I would use what's available.
    you can always check by giving bar a real good smack and see if it moves.
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