This is a faithful reproduction of the pressed steel cover that protects the top steering head ballrace from grit and dirt on competition and racing telescopic fork models - i.e. to fit original SOHC and early DOHC Manx Models. an original Norton pressed steel cover was used as the pattern to make this. Item is steel unpainted
Item is steel unpainted (although we spray in small amount of Duck Oil to prevent rusting in storage).
This item fits under the distinctive large shouldered nut, that screws down the main steering column, and sits directly over the top steering head race, protecting the ball race from ingression of dirt and grit. This type was fitted originally to SOHC and early DOHC Manx Norton models, and those models originally fitted with Andre Steering Dampers. This version is shallower than the normal roadgoing type, probably so that it would not foul the Andre Damper securing plate brazed to the top steering head of those models fitted with Andre Dampers.
This shallower type may also have been fitted to later racing or sports models (i.e. DOHC Featherbed models), but I cannot be sure of that, as most later Norton Spare Parts catalogs did not list the DOHC parts.
The accompanyning photographs shows this shallower version compared next to the deeper normal version (Item 0872) and also fitted to my 1950 DOHC Gardengate project, a model this version would originally have had fitted.
We also sell a similar item - 0872, which is slightly deeper and was fitted to most road going models.