I have a couple sets of Ceriani shock absorbers that are period correct for many Italian motorcycles including my Laverda 750 SF1 and Benelli 650 Tornado to name a few. A couple pairs of these vintage shocks have suffered decades of corrosion to the hard chrome plates shafts. I tried several hard chrome plating shops in town but unfortunately these shops are not set up tp hard chrome the tiny shock absorber shafts, One shop quoted me $200 to set up their tooling and at least $100 to plate each shaft, Yikes!!
A shop foreman suggested I make new stainless steel shafts to match the originals, brilliant!
This is the shape of the original shock shaft after I cleaned the rust off
I was lucky to find 7/16" hard stainless steel rod and cut new sections to length and milled the ends and threaded the tips to match the originals.
I have a professional welder friend willing to TIG weld the stainless shafts to the carbon steel top caps,
I cut the old shafts off the caps, ground off the remnants of the old shaft and then made a jig to hold the new shaft in place to the original cap
Once welded up I powder coated the caps again and these shocks will last a life time
The stainless rod cost me under $15.00 and I used scrap steel to make the jig
It took a couple hours of machining, welding and painting but saved $100's!