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#1 2012-10-04 7:47am

liquidvibe
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Schwinn Predator or Scambler?

The serial is MR531818 which tells us the date is DEC 1980, right? But according to everything I've read here the Predator wasn't actually made until '82. This looks just like a Scrambler without the chain guard but it has a Predator decal... Now I woulda just thought maybe someone slapped that decal on at some point BUT I found the exact same bike (all cleaned up and pretty though) on Ebay (do a search for item 230850854442)... so what are the chances that two people did the same exact thing? Maybe but not likely. I just picked it up locally and don't know a lot about old Schwinns so hoping you guys can help tell me a little more on the history of this one, what's original, what's missing or changed, etc. Thanks!


http://i1207.photobucket.com/albums/bb473/liquidvibe/CE50D44F-3A58-4280-A0B2-E16E63C5C551-3456-000005809846F9E0.jpg

http://i1207.photobucket.com/albums/bb473/liquidvibe/4ADB52B8-1185-472E-905D-F58742920E7C-3456-000005808590E850.jpg

http://i1207.photobucket.com/albums/bb473/liquidvibe/78C3BA70-A610-4E2B-871E-BB92AB9301ED-3456-000005808BD65183.jpg

http://i1207.photobucket.com/albums/bb473/liquidvibe/AD30DD53-CA11-495B-97B9-750C9CF30903-3456-00000580919AD989.jpg

http://i1207.photobucket.com/albums/bb473/liquidvibe/5974FDC4-2118-4DF3-8FB9-43979EBCEFA0-3456-00000580789F8858.jpg

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#2 2012-10-04 10:22am

Kai
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Re: Schwinn Predator or Scambler?

There are several '81s in the museum with the same frame as yours. http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/schwinn/42713#.UG3Fxa6upIk

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#3 2012-10-04 10:27am

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Re: Schwinn Predator or Scambler?

MR = 12-1980. So, was built in December of 1980. Sold as a 1981 model.

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#4 2012-10-04 12:53pm

liquidvibe
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Re: Schwinn Predator or Scambler?

Ok cool, so it's an '81 model and I see the other frames that look like it (thanks for the link)...  What is the deal with that year then since officially Schwinn didn't start making the Predator (or showing it in catalogs) until the '82 season? Also other than the seat. missing chainguard and missing grips, does it look mostly original?

Thanks

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#5 2012-10-04 6:49pm

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Re: Schwinn Predator or Scambler?

Definitely a '81 Predator.....I just responded to your PM. Let me know if you have any more questions. This is my fave bike of all time (I own a total of 4!!).

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#6 2012-11-04 4:02pm

Kazenasj
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Re: Schwinn Predator or Scambler?

Does anyone know how to get a set of replacement decals for this bike?  I have one exactly like this but it has schwinn steel wheels with the scrambler tires.

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#7 2012-11-05 2:23pm

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Re: Schwinn Predator or Scambler?

Kazenasj wrote:

Does anyone know how to get a set of replacement decals for this bike?  I have one exactly like this but it has schwinn steel wheels with the scrambler tires.

Hey there,

The "Predator" downtube sticker is pretty hard to find, but from what I'm told the guys at Frog BMX can make a replica of it. Send an e-mail to contact@frogbmx.com and tell them you need the 1981 Schwinn Predator prism decal. They should have the scan for the decal...I sent him an e-mail a month or so ago because Liquid Vibe (the guy who started this thread) was also in need of one. They told me they could make it for about $20, but the shipping might be a little costly since they are located in France. The fork decals are fairly common and can be found on eBay quite often. Hope this helps....send me a private message if you have any other questions. As I told Liquid Vibe, there just isn't that much information available on the  1981 Predator for some reason. Good luck!

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#8 2012-11-05 2:35pm

liquidvibe
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Re: Schwinn Predator or Scambler?

As I told Liquid Vibe, there just isn't that much information available on the  1981 Predator for some reason

I think this means we have to become/be the experts and proliferate the knowledge to the rest of the would-be 1981 Schwinn Predator owning world wink

PS still working on getting this thing together.. just need the frame decal and a few hours of free time

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