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#1 2009-02-20 7:05am

xtremevert
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1991 GT Performer

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1991 GT Performer


So I named this build ``Just a 3 Dressed Up as a 9`` because of all the work that went into it`s awesome transformation from a 91 Performer frame and fork originally purchased from Tacomaster in early December of 2008 to a magnificent 1988 PFT Team Model. So I started out with a simple 91 Performer frame and fork and went to work. I originally wanted to re-create a 1989 PFT in chrome but decided to do a 1988 PFT instead because after I got the 89 decals printed I wasn`t to keen on the busy graphics.

I really like rear 990`s so I welded some on and also welded in a lower rear reinforcement x-member bar to soak up some of the rear triangle flex that the powerful 990 would create during braking. I also had to drill and tap the seat post tube to run the rear Gyro cable. After that was completed I had to weld on a downtube cable guide to keep the lower Gyro cable in place.

I also wanted to upgrade the forks to the original 88 GT Freestyle forks but finding them is near impossible so I bought some 87-88 GT racing forks instead and welded on a cable guide because they are the spittin`image of the GT freestyle forks (just without the guide). This is a great alternative to overcoming your search for 87-88 freestyle forks if you happen to be trying to find a set.

I also decided to cut off the frames rear coaster brake mount because let`s face it, who uses them anyway. I was able to shave off a little dead weight in the process too which is a cool bonus. I also decided to to cut 1`` in height off the top of the NOS GT layback seat post to bring the seatpost to a more comfortable position for my riding style.

The 4130 GT handlebars where gently flattened to create a new school backsweep effect which I happen to like a lot more than the old school backsweep that came on the handlebars from this era. (See my restoration thread for details).

And last but not least I decided to buy a set of Primo Powerbite cranks and filled the logo in with weld. I then polished them up and had them recoated Xtreme Chrome powder coat to re-create some all original GT Power Series reproduction crank arms.

All in all, I found this build to be very satisfying. More so than all the other bikes I have built to date. It was a lot of fun because let`s face it, how many bikes can we build before the fire and enthusiasm starts to die? I needed to do something different, something that fueled my desire to create and I`m stoked about everything that I did on this bike to make it my own custom ride. So as the song by Trooper goes... ìt`s just a 3 dressed up as a 9.


Parts Breakdown List:

91 GT Performer frame (reconditioned)
87-88 GT Race Fork with welded on cable guide (reconditioned)
Dia Compe Nippon Front brake with GT brake pads (used with new pads)
Dia Compe Rear 990 U-Brake (new)
SST Oryg Gyro cables with old school decals (new)
Odyssey front cable (new)
GT-AME grips (new)
Dia Compe Tech 77 locking levers (new)
GT SR 1985 dated stem (reconditioned)
GT 4130 bars (reconditioned)
Odyssey first gen. Gyro with old school decal (reconditioned with new decal)
GT Epoch upper headset with generic lower cup, race and bearing (reconditioned)
GT seat clamp with old school decal (reconditioned)
GT seat post (new)
GT seat (new)
GT Airbag 1.95 tires (new)
GT 48 hole high flange Mohawk hubs (new)
Araya Super 7X double wall rims with old school decals (new)
Primo Powerbite cranks and 22.2mm bottom bracket (new)
GT Power Disc (new)
GT fork standers (new)
GT frame standers (new)
MCS 39 tooth chainring (new)
ACS 16 tooth rear driver (new)
Wellgo pedals (new)
Dans Comp Tubes (new)
IZUMI black 1/2" X 1/8" chain (new)

Miscellaneous details:
Frame and fork and handlebars powder coated Tiger Drylac Standard Silver.
All gloss black components powder coated Tiger Drylac Midnight Black.
Crank arms powder coated Tiger Drylac Xtreme Chrome.
Frame and Fork decals from www.ajkbikes.com

All parts aquired from E-Bay and the awesome members here at bmxmuseum.

Here is the link to my restoration thread where I posted every detail step by step as it happened at my shop.
http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=100461

And here is the link for those who have no idea what song I'm referring to...
http://www.tsrocks.com/t/trooper_texts/3_dressed_up_as_a_9.html
You'll get more of a feel for it if you open up another tab and listen to the song as your reading and viewing this thread. 




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My Father once spoke to me and said "The way you look at your bike is the way I see My children, I look past the imperfections and rough surfaces to the beauty of the finished product."

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#2 2009-02-20 7:22am

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Re: 1991 GT Performer

Finally...there she is in all her silver beauty! Another standout job Jason! It's looking really good. I remember you saying some thing to the effect of "this will be my last build" after completing one of your sports. I'm betting this build has resparked your interest so that you will be inclined to do more in the future. wink


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#3 2009-02-20 7:41am

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Re: 1991 GT Performer

quinonesm wrote:

Finally...there she is in all her silver beauty! Another standout job Jason! It's looking really good. I remember you saying some thing to the effect of "this will be my last build" after completing one of your sports. I'm betting this build has resparked your interest so that you will be inclined to do more in the future. wink

Yeah, not too sure yet.  I really enjoyed the custom work a lot.  I think that's the only thing that kept me motivated the whole time.  I have some more close up shots I will post below because I didn't know how to do it in the "submitting part".


My Father once spoke to me and said "The way you look at your bike is the way I see My children, I look past the imperfections and rough surfaces to the beauty of the finished product."

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#4 2009-02-20 8:16am

tnyvillegas
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Re: 1991 GT Performer

OMG!!! very nice man, it looks sweet!! big_smile

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#5 2009-02-20 8:30am

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Re: 1991 GT Performer

All your hard work paid off!! That bike came out really good. I like the way everything flows together.


I DON'T HAVE ANYMORE BIKES OR PARTS... ALL MY PICS ARE OUTDATED


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#6 2009-02-20 8:31am

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Re: 1991 GT Performer

This bike looks super sharp! big_smile


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#7 2009-02-20 8:37am

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Re: 1991 GT Performer

WOW!!! I too am anything but a purist. All the custom work is BEAUTIFUL!!! With your talent I sure hope this isn't your last build.

Later, Crash


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#8 2009-02-20 9:12am

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Re: 1991 GT Performer

Great job!  I absolutely love it!  yikes big_smile cool

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#9 2009-02-20 9:33am

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Re: 1991 GT Performer

great work on upgrading a '91! top notch right there...i just think its screaming for some skinwall tires cool other than that i wouldnt change a thing, well laid out description too! great to see that


WANTED: Dia-Compe 84 stamped brake cables - YELLOW

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#10 2009-02-20 9:36am

J Rolla
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Re: 1991 GT Performer

This was fun to follow as you were doing it.  I found my self checking the thread more than is probably healthy and feeling disappointed if there weren't any new updates lol.

It was worth it though, very nice outcome indeed.  I have the exact same frame stripped to bare metal here, and plan do something very different than this with it, but all the same it has been inspirational to watch the progress of this project.  Thanks for the journey!

Jason check your pm's re pictures

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#11 2009-02-20 9:36am

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Re: 1991 GT Performer

Very nicely done


1988 RedLine RL-20 II
1985 SE Racing Quadangle Freestyler
1986 Schwinn Free Form EX

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#12 2009-02-20 2:54pm

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Re: 1991 GT Performer

REALLY GREAT TURNOUT. EVERYTHING FLOWS VERY WELL. BY THE WAY, HOW DOES IT RYDE?


RYDE NOW, RYDE LATER, RYDE 2MORROW, RYDE 4EVER!!!!!!!!

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#13 2009-02-20 3:35pm

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Re: 1991 GT Performer

gpena78 wrote:

REALLY GREAT TURNOUT. EVERYTHING FLOWS VERY WELL. BY THE WAY, HOW DOES IT RYDE?

I would have to say it's the smoothest of all my rides next to my S3 and 88.5.  It's very smooth.  I'm quite impressed.  everything I did to it works great too.  I'm stoked!!!  smile


My Father once spoke to me and said "The way you look at your bike is the way I see My children, I look past the imperfections and rough surfaces to the beauty of the finished product."

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#14 2009-02-21 6:11pm

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Re: 1991 GT Performer

So since I don't know how to post more pics in the description area (plus I've seen them before and they are quite small) I'll post so nice close ups here in the thread.

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/xtremevert/GTForkpic.jpg
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/xtremevert/GT13.jpg
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/xtremevert/GT16.jpg
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/xtremevert/GT17.jpg


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#15 2009-02-21 6:14pm

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Re: 1991 GT Performer

I had took off the newer ARAYA Super 7X Spider stickers and put on some of the old font letter decals instead because I think they look much better.

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/xtremevert/GT18.jpg


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#16 2009-02-21 6:24pm

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Re: 1991 GT Performer

Here are som more various close ups.  smile

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/xtremevert/GT19.jpg
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/xtremevert/GT20.jpg
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/xtremevert/GT22.jpg
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/xtremevert/GT23.jpg


My Father once spoke to me and said "The way you look at your bike is the way I see My children, I look past the imperfections and rough surfaces to the beauty of the finished product."

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#17 2009-02-21 6:27pm

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Re: 1991 GT Performer

And just a couple more just for kicks.

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/xtremevert/GT27.jpg
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/xtremevert/GT29.jpg
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/xtremevert/GT4.jpg
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/xtremevert/GT30.jpg
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/xtremevert/GT36.jpg
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/xtremevert/GT42.jpg

Last edited by xtremevert (2009-02-21 6:30pm)


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#18 2009-02-21 6:34pm

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Re: 1991 GT Performer

And just because I'm bored and took a ridiculous amount of photos.  yikes

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/xtremevert/GT5.jpg
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/xtremevert/GT6.jpg
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/xtremevert/GT7.jpg
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/xtremevert/GT47.jpg
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/xtremevert/GT45.jpg


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#19 2009-02-21 6:40pm

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Re: 1991 GT Performer

THOSE R SWEET. REAL GOOD JOB ON THE WELDS 4 THE 990 MOUNTS.


RYDE NOW, RYDE LATER, RYDE 2MORROW, RYDE 4EVER!!!!!!!!

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#20 2009-02-21 6:57pm

quinonesm
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Re: 1991 GT Performer

Those blue & pink decals really pop on that neutral silver Powder!


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#21 2009-02-23 10:46am

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Re: 1991 GT Performer

Thats sex on wheels man. Awesome custom. Damn. Thats a build to be proud of for sure. Custom as hell and made to your own tastes. Great colors, fab work and clean assembly. Kudos on a sweet project Jason.

Mike


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#22 2009-02-23 10:51am

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Re: 1991 GT Performer

mikecs4life wrote:

Thats sex on wheels man. Awesome custom. Damn. Thats a build to be proud of for sure. Custom as hell and made to your own tastes. Great colors, fab work and clean assembly. Kudos on a sweet project Jason.

Mike

Thanks man, can hardly wait to see your Kuwi Project completed!  big_smile


My Father once spoke to me and said "The way you look at your bike is the way I see My children, I look past the imperfections and rough surfaces to the beauty of the finished product."

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#23 2009-02-23 10:56am

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Re: 1991 GT Performer

This is some careful precision man, Very well thought out.
I am proud of you smile

(look how the cable comes through the custom routing hole "dead center" )

Nice work!

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/xtremevert/GT36.jpg


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#24 2009-02-23 11:03am

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Re: 1991 GT Performer

chromey wrote:

This is some careful precision man, Very well thought out.
I am proud of you smile

(look how the cable comes through the custom routing hole "dead center" )

Nice work!

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii14 … t/GT36.jpg

Hey thanks Matt, I appreciate that.  Yeah it was kinda tricky.  I actually had to take a break because I was a little shaky when doing it.  Too may coffees while building and fabbing this thing.  Yeah the brake works awesome too.  Nothing rubs at all.  Perfect clamping to the rim when the brake is applied.  I'm totally happy with it.  smile


My Father once spoke to me and said "The way you look at your bike is the way I see My children, I look past the imperfections and rough surfaces to the beauty of the finished product."

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#25 2009-05-25 5:48pm

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Re: 1991 GT Performer

I was following the resto thread when my pc broke down, so I didn't get to see it.  It turned out better than I expected.  They should have offered them that color from the factory.


WANTED:  White GT seat

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