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#1 2009-02-14 10:31am

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TUFF-NECK restoration & semi pro polish (PICS)

ok i recived a pretty beat up tuff-neck with some pretty decent hammer marks on the bottom of it and figured it would be a good restore project.  it would have been nice to find a how to thread with all steps. i had to read all over on several threads on several sites to get all the advice on this project..  so here it is all in one thread..   

first thing is to remove the quill, you will need a bench vice with soft jaws or wood blocks.. also you will need to get a big bolt like the one holding the base on just so you dont damage yours trying to remove the quill.   i got a 5/8" x 2" long bolt at the local hardware store  (as seen in pic)..       now clamp your base into the vice and remover the big bolt on your stem base  (threads in and out like any normal bolt)....     ok now put the new bolt from the hardware store in there and screw it in most of the way.   now set the base on the edge of your fork bench leaving the quill hang over the edge.     just tap the bolt with a hammer    (mine came apart really easy without hitting it real hard)...     sorry i dont have pics of this i forgot to take them..

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r183/caleb_K21/bike%20parts%20referance/bikeparts242.jpg

second set is to remove the red annodizing  (there is an exellent thread in the restoration section)   however i used the quick method that does not require many things..      i put the base in a bowl and sprayed it with EASY OFF oven cleaner let it sit for 10 minutes and scrub with a tooth brush and rinse off good,   that took 1/2 the anno off..  reapeat that process one more time and you should be good..  i also went into the bolt holes with a thin round brush but wasnt being to anal about it..    rinse good and your done, sorry i forgot to take pics of this to..

now to start sanding, its best to do it on a flat surface the guy on vintage said use a peice of marble. i just used my work bench (next time i use marble)..  you will need a small mouse sander or any small sander.. you will need several grit's of paper..  all my paper was for wet sanding except the 100 grit witch i started with to get most of the hammer marks out of it..  here is what it looked like after 100 grit for an hour

i ran a file on all the flat edges of the bolts to clean them up and remove any ruff areas before sanding them..

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r183/caleb_K21/bike%20parts%20referance/bikeparts243.jpg

then i started wet sanding with 200 grit,  i just dunk the hole peice in water here and there keeping it all nice and wet.  here it is after another hour

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r183/caleb_K21/bike%20parts%20referance/bikeparts246.jpg

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http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r183/caleb_K21/bike%20parts%20referance/bikeparts247.jpg

my sander kinda seemed to agressive or something so i switched to hand sanding with 600 grit, i probally shouldnt have. but i think i need to get a smaller sander with less power..

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r183/caleb_K21/bike%20parts%20referance/bikeparts248.jpg

i then used 1500 grit for a lil bit, i probally should have done it twice as much as i did.. the more time you take the better your results will be... you can sand for less time than i did or more time just depends on how much work you actually wanna do..  so after 1500 i hit the cap with polish for just a minuite with a small buffing wheel on my dremel..   

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r183/caleb_K21/bike%20parts%20referance/bikeparts-1.jpg

then i saw it was lookin ok so i moved to my bench grinder with a polishing wheel and i was using turtle wax polishing compount (it was all i could get at the store i went to)..  its a bit more blinged out in person but by no means is it the perfect mirror that some people do. if i do some more my skills will be improving with each one...

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r183/caleb_K21/bike%20parts%20referance/bikeparts249.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r183/caleb_K21/bike%20parts%20referance/bikeparts252.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r183/caleb_K21/bike%20parts%20referance/bikeparts250.jpg
http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r183/caleb_K21/bike%20parts%20referance/bikeparts253.jpg


to put the quill back on you may freez it if its a bit tight, that will shrink it up and will slide in easy.  i just shoved it in half way and then put the big bolt in and tightened it down..  you dont have to worry about scratching the base as the bolt turnb because it sits up just a tad off the base..

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#2 2009-02-14 10:44am

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SWEEEEEET . nice save man .cool


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#3 2009-02-14 10:45am

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Awesome work. The satin look is super nice.

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#4 2009-02-14 10:45am

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That's a nice job for your first go at it!!  I use 3 different grits of polish on the buffing wheel after the sanding is done. All those hours makes you appreciate all the work when someone is selling a show polished piece for the same price as a faded or dinged up one eh?

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#5 2009-02-14 10:51am

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Nice work... I like the way you documented this restore ...  The finished phto of the underside is like night and day.


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#6 2009-02-14 10:57am

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im not sure how much a beat up one sells for, but i seen some of those mirror polished ones go for the same as a mint original finish,    say 150 range..  but i guess the value differs alot depending on witch tuff-neck you have.


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#7 2009-02-14 12:00pm

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Yeah I got an older tuf-neck, but cant track down a wedge. I went the same route that you did, by buying bolts from the hardware store and got them drilled out. Or did you clean up your original?

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#8 2009-02-14 12:06pm

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my big bolt and stem bolt/wedge are originals, i only replaced the allen head bolts..   

actually this should have a a hollow bolt cause its a tuf-neck ace..

Last edited by caleb_k21 (2009-02-14 12:39pm)


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#9 2009-02-15 3:33am

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NICE JOB, ESPECIALLY FOR THE FIRST ONE.  WOW!  I'M STILL PUTZIN' W/ ONE OF MY 1ST. I WISH I WOULD HAVE TAKEN BEFORE PICS.  AND THE STAMP WAS DEEPER.  I DID THIS ALMOST ALL BY HAND. 
http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa197/BMXMUSEUM/STEMS/TUF%20NECK/HPIM1220.jpg
http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa197/BMXMUSEUM/STEMS/TUF%20NECK/HPIM1216.jpg
http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa197/BMXMUSEUM/STEMS/TUF%20NECK/HPIM1219.jpg
http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa197/BMXMUSEUM/STEMS/TUF%20NECK/HPIM1218.jpg

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#10 2009-02-15 6:48am

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that looks good..  see i think i skimped oanding once i hit 600, i should have done it better..    sanding by hand sucks but you did a nice job to bad your head got so faint on the top..   the top of the head is pretty faint to begin with if you look at my first picture and i was able to save it for the most part...    mine does look more blinged out in person but the pics look good kinda like a satin finish like someone above said..


im looking to buy any beat to crap stems so i can keep practicing doing these..


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#11 2009-02-15 8:36am

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I like how you stopped at a "satin" type finish. High polish Bling is cool, but there is something to be said for a simple satin.


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#12 2009-02-15 9:38am

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Sweet, 8 hours work to save $150 part. Sounds like something I would do.


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#13 2009-02-15 2:02pm

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SATIN WHAT?
http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa197/BMXMUSEUM/STEMS/S4010095.jpg
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#14 2009-02-15 3:39pm

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Perfect thread for my Tuf-Neck that needs a resto - thanks for this.

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#15 2009-02-15 3:40pm

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shred wrote:

Perfect thread for my Tuf-Neck that needs a resto - thanks for this.

glad its being put to use already..


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#16 2009-02-15 3:59pm

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Man , i saw calebs tuf neck stem first hand and it was trashed!! but now it does look amazing!! great progressions pics no doubt!! That was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  What a save restore!!!!!!!!!!!

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#17 2011-06-01 5:50pm

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Good thread. Will be restoring one soon.

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#18 2011-06-13 2:55pm

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#19 2011-06-13 5:40pm

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Mitz wrote:

Yeah I got an older tuf-neck, but cant track down a wedge. I went the same route that you did, by buying bolts from the hardware store and got them drilled out. Or did you clean up your original?

What's a NOS Tuff neck bolt and wedge setup worth these days? It's a hollow freestyle version. I heard they are hard to come by.

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#20 2012-04-20 8:19pm

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Does anyone know, if this bolt is the same thread size on a Pro Neck? I think it would be the same size as this Tuf Neck, but I'm not sure. 5/8" x 2" 18 tpi

http://bmxmuseum.com/forsale/bolt_blowup.jpg

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#21 2012-04-20 8:24pm

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Looks Awesome. Very Nice Work... cool

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#22 2012-04-20 8:37pm

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Great work.looks awsome.

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#23 2012-04-20 8:45pm

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cool old thread i forgot about.


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PFT restoration thread - http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.p … 50&p=1
epoch headset, freestyle vs. race - http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.p … 7#p4233077

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#24 2012-09-09 9:39am

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Good job

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#25 2012-11-06 11:18am

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nice im in the process of redoing 5 of them its gonin to take some time but worth it


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