- fits K-Model and Sportster 1954-1972 and FX 1971-1972
- steel, hard-chromed
- length: 580 mm
- Ø 33.4 mm
- replaces Harley-Davidson part number 45953-71
- gross weight: 3.04 kg
Show-chromed vs. Hard chromed
From the chemist's point of view, chrome is always the same: a kind of metal with a defined hardness and resistance against wear. From this point of view no chrome is harder than any other one. The secrets behind the terms show-chromed and hard chromed are
- the preparation of the base, which is chromed, and
- the thickness of the chrome layer.
Show-chrome means a thin layer (up to 1 µm) on a highly polished base. This layer has not the same longevity as the so-called hard chrome, simply due to its lesser thickness.
Hard chroming means applying galvanically a substantially thicker chrome layer on the base. Due to its thickness the finished surface is much more durable and withstands corrosion better than show-chrome.
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