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I'm looking to purchase a high good quality chrome steering stem nut for my K4 450. The one I have has a little pitting as does my cable stay bracket. If someone has the cable stay that would be good too.
If you've got a good one and want to trade plus a few $$ then I'd like to do that as well.

Here is a picture of what I want to replace. It doesn't look that bad but I'd like to get a "like new" replacement part.

 

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The big nut is still available from Honda, about $14, as far as I know.....
That's not bad for a brand new shiny one, in the scheme of what these bikes are about.
It is a highly visible part.......
The chrome washer that goes under the nut (<$3.50), also a highly visible part, is still available too. I think it's psychological, partly. Normal people barely notice a little rust in that area - as the rider it's dead-center in your field of vision, it's all you can see.

The cable stay hasn't been available for a very long time, good ones are rare. Ohio Cycle has one or more new, at $20 each (ouch!!).

Mine (cable stay) was all rusty/pitted, so I MSR'd it, roughed it up on a bench grinder, and painted gloss black with baked engine enamel. Sprung for the nut and washer.
Did the same thing to the chrome backing for the taillight assembly, and the grab-bar that you use to get up on the centerstand.
 

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tbpmusic said:
The big nut is still available from Honda, about $14, as far as I know.....
That's not bad for a brand new shiny one, in the scheme of what these bikes are about.
It is a highly visible part.......
The chrome washer that goes under the nut (<$3.50), also a highly visible part, is still available too.

The cable stay hasn't been available for a very long time, good ones are rare. Ohio Cycle has one or more new, at $20 each (ouch!!).

Mine (cable stay) was all rusty/pitted, so I MSR'd it, roughed it up on a bench grinder, and painted gloss black with baked engine enamel. Sprung for the nut and washer.
Did the same thing to the chrome backing for the taillight assembly, and the grab-bar that you use to get up on the centerstand.
Thanks Bill,

$14 for the nut is almost reasonable and, as you said, it's a focal point on these bikes which is why I'd like it to be prestine. $20 for the cable stay is a bit high...plus shipping, but I'd still like to have a nice chrome one. I will probably be visiting my local chrome shop at some time in the future for some other stuff so maybe I'll take it along. The helmet holder and fork caps on my CL350 is in about the same condition and I'd like to fix that as well.

I got a new washer with the tapered bearings kit so I'm good to go there although the stock was is in good condition.
 

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I'd like to second that idea of a nos nut for $14. Mainly because a re-chromed one will jump out: it'll look "over-restored" and too bright and perfect. My chrome platers don't speak or understand english, so no matter what I tell the guy writing the order, the parts come out looking like something off of a chopper. :evil:

They just change the parts forever- they sand off all the originality and surface finish from the parts I give them. It's very frustrating- something to consider not only with this steering stem nut, but in deciding on re-chroming versus purchasing nos chrome Honda parts in general... :idea:
 
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