Market for SS and GS forks
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Mon May 03, 2021 1:23 pm quote
Here's the deal: I am looking into making some forks for GS/SS here in the states, but I need a fork to study/take measurements.

I realize this is a small run type item, but to me it would be valuable to ride the scooter with a repop fork, then if I EVER sell it I can put an original one on it with few miles.

Anyone in Socal willing to rent/sell/loan either fork?
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Tue May 04, 2021 5:32 am quote
Loan or rent would probably be a stretch, but you can try and find a used one. Will be expensive as they are quite coveted.
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Tue May 04, 2021 6:32 am quote
dsnyder586 wrote:
Here's the deal: I am looking into making some forks for GS/SS here in the states, but I need a fork to study/take measurements.

I realize this is a small run type item, but to me it would be valuable to ride the scooter with a repop fork, then if I EVER sell it I can put an original one on it with few miles.

Anyone in Socal willing to rent/sell/loan either fork?
The hardest part would be casting the aluminum section in (bearing/mudguard base) unless your name is Voodoo.

SIP already sells a reproduction setup that includes the fork, swing arm, bearings, drum, backplate, bearings, brake arm, the whole thing.

An original GS160 fork itself isnít as rare as you think. They pop up on eBay. Thereís one on Italian eBay now for 250 Euros. Just search for Vespa GS160 focella. An SS180 fork, on the other hand, is much harder to find.
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Tue May 04, 2021 7:50 am quote
Thanks Nomad!

We are exploring this not for mass production, but more for small batches for bikes in the US likely. I now know it CAN be done, so *should* is the next question. I now know my retail price point ceiling and we can see if it makes sense. I personally want 2 forks: 1 to ride, and one to keep original.

The GS and SS forks are enough alike that 80% of the process is duplicative, and we are looking at 2 different molds and two different brackets (plus the keyway)

Has anybody ever attempted this yet here, even with a VBB fork etc? It would be nice to get some inside baseball from those who have already walked this path.
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Thu May 06, 2021 5:29 am quote
Post on FB with some interesting info FWIW....



Molto Verboso
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Thu May 06, 2021 8:37 am quote
OMG. That is fricking amazing.
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Thu May 06, 2021 8:47 am quote
Birdsnest wrote:
Post on FB with some interesting info FWIW....
Holy crap that is cool!
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Thu May 06, 2021 9:03 am quote
Verily!
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Thu May 06, 2021 6:17 pm quote
The first round of those remade fork links looked amazing. The maker sold the first small run batch. Extreme attention to detail, specs, and fitment. Looks to be a quality highend product, and in my opinion the price is more than fair for the extensive machining involved. Not cheap, but do you fair. Good stuff for sure!
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Fri May 07, 2021 3:31 am quote
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