After some of Judy's overhauling, I did a nice restoration of the 1997 Rock Shox Indy XC. I got this fork for free and let it lie back in my garage for a while. When I "found" again, I decided to make a complete restoration in white and green. Why? Because it`s quite unusual and never was in Indy`s product catalogue (...and then, I wanted to use it on my DevilWork Cycles bike).
Indy`s overall condition was pretty good. Lower legs had still the original cream-white painting and stickers, but with many scuffs and scratches. However, the internals was in very good shape. Stanchions were still untouched, shiny silver. Wiper seals were in proper working condition. Type 2 coil spring system with one-piece elastomers was like new. The threadless steerer had been cut down to 190mm.
When disassembling the fork, I completely stripped off old Rock Shox paintings and decals and prepared the fork for powder coating. White powder coating was the only choice in this project. One more layer of clear coating was applied on top. The legs were polished after coating. I replaced the original steel canti-brake studs with titanium ones. Plastic preload adjuster knobs were replaced with red aluminium adjusters taken from the SL edition. Finally, the fork must have black fork boots.
Some words about custom design and new stickers. I like that design. White is always nice and green stickers look fresh and expressive. A set of Indy stickers is completely homemade. I just wanted this colour scheme, but with original Rock Shox and Indy logos. The stickers have the original size and have been made by digital printing with a clear thin vinyl layer on top. Do you believe the fork is yet 21 years old?
How do you like this restoration? Would you make the restoration of your fork, too? Let me know your thoughts. I can support you with your project.