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#1 2012-11-10 4:50pm

enduro80
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Need a little help from the gurus ....

I Am new to this forum as far as being a user. Always viewed it for nostalgia reasons . I recently acquired a Thruster Tim Judge replica .The only way I can describe this scoot is that it's a barn find in every sense of the word .Somebody really took care of it back in the day and I guess it was just forgotten about .I have a bunch of questions about this bike I just don't get and maybe someone could shed some light on it for me.  It has ACS Mike Buff sig. Z rims in white with white  Acs hubs .The spokes are junked , The rims are true but they are dirty as sh--.. I dunno what to do as far as should I clean them and with what? Get them relaced and roll with it ?   Or should I just sell them to someone who can take care of them better than I could . The frame is sweet as hell  Chrome no rust  but about 30 years of dust on it . It has GT Pro bars That have a little rust but no peeling and the stickers are junk .Again  Chrome polish  ? Compound ? Or send it down the river . I mean I think it would be a good builder  But is it too much to take on for a first time restorer ?
As far as the bike  .It's just a strange animal .Back in the day I didn't race I only did flatland and some ramp .I had a Redline Proline . I didn't race so this is like a different animal to me totally. It has an Elina checkered pole seat SR one piece Sugino ring and a Tioga Spider KKT traps with a sealed BB. Buff rims GT bars Oakley 5 grips black no name headset a black P.O.S. neck MX lever and rear brake . Very odd to me that someone would build this ride with all good stuff but cheap out on the neck and the headset .How did  Thrusters come stock ? Black and Chrome with some of that stuff on it . Or was it a totally built  From a bare frame . A little insight would help out here guys .Thanks alot . J


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#2 2012-11-10 4:52pm

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Lets see a pic smile


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#3 2012-11-10 4:58pm

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Can't wait to see it! cool

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#4 2012-11-10 5:10pm

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Re: Need a little help from the gurus ....

Thruster's were pretty high end back in the day and still sought after. They're welds were some of the best around and they built other well known companies bikes as well. I'd love to see a pic as well. Email it to me and I'll post it up for you if you want.
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#5 2012-11-10 5:16pm

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Re: Need a little help from the gurus ....

Wash off the dirt, bust out the polish...relace with new spokes if need be....Pics!cool

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#6 2012-11-10 5:20pm

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My rule: elbow grease is worth the effort. You clean that puppy up and you will never regret it.


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#7 2012-11-10 5:22pm

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marked


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#8 2012-11-10 5:23pm

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Re: Need a little help from the gurus ....

cappy227 wrote:

My rule: elbow grease is worth the effort. You clean that puppy up and you will never regret it.

Yes sir!!!!


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#9 2012-11-10 5:29pm

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Here's his pic:
http://i1133.photobucket.com/albums/m581/Ridingdirty42/Ryan%20Rehkopf%201975/new%20album/photo262.jpg


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#10 2012-11-10 5:31pm

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Re: Need a little help from the gurus ....

I would completely disassemble it and take your time. Take it step by step and ask questions. Plenty of people on here are happy to help. There's some pointers in the restoration thread


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#11 2012-11-10 8:47pm

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Re: Need a little help from the gurus ....

Any more info about how to clean up those Z rims ?? C'mon guys help me out  !!!


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#12 2012-11-10 9:13pm

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Re: Need a little help from the gurus ....

enduro80 wrote:

Any more info about how to clean up those Z rims ?? C'mon guys help me out  !!!

You could try this. http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=176205

Or contact member butlerglc  . He media blasts them and they look like new. http://bmxmuseum.com/user/28287

Here is some of his work. http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=200282


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#13 2012-11-10 9:18pm

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The best way to get rid of the rust is to soak each part in citric acid powder.  Do a search in the restoration section and you'll find a thread on it.  There should be threads on how to clean up z rims too, just do a search and you'll find all that you need to get that thing going again. big_smile


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#14 2012-11-10 9:26pm

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Sweet thanks for the info !!!


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#15 2012-11-10 9:33pm

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Just do it a part at a time, ask loads of questions and take your time dont forget the most important part have fun doing it.


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#16 2012-11-11 6:29am

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Media blasting the best bet with Z-rims - find a local powder coater and ask him to do it for you (likely not much $). In the past, I've used fine-grit sandpaper, then a good rub of WD-40 to bring some luster to the show.


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#17 2012-11-12 1:10pm

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#18 2012-11-12 1:21pm

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in before close!

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#19 2012-11-12 1:23pm

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#20 2012-11-12 2:02pm

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Re: Need a little help from the gurus ....

You forgot the most important question..   how much is it worth? lol

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#21 2012-11-12 2:40pm

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Re: Need a little help from the gurus ....

I guess as much as someone is willing to pay big_smile But I can't sell on here


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#22 2012-11-12 7:41pm

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Looks like a very cool ride, enjoy it! Nice to see another Jersey member on board!


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#23 2012-11-12 8:14pm

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The Fixer wrote:

Looks like a very cool ride, enjoy it! Nice to see another Jersey member on board!

Which Jersey? New or Old...?


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#24 2012-11-13 1:34am

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enduro80 wrote:

I guess as much as someone is willing to pay big_smile But I can't sell on here

With pro membership you can sell it in the right section smile


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#25 2012-11-13 6:00am

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DO NOT MEDIA BLAST with regular sand or media. It will blow to deep on the fiberglass. Have the guy use Soda to blast with. It only removes dirt and paint, no media whatsoever, it has no true cutting degree. Best way to fix skyways too smile That thing is awesome for sure. It's super easy to refinish. Get some P.B. penetrating catalyst, or there's an even better one called Kroil, the oil that creeps. The best way to get rid of the rust abrasive free is to go to wal mart and get a big enough plastic tub to immerse your biggest rusted part. Fill that thing up deep enough with Apple Cider Vinegar, It has the best rust eating abilities. Make sure to keep an eye on it so as not to eat through the metal, but it'll clean up like a champ!! smile


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