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#1 2012-11-21 10:20am

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Just dug my 1985 schwinn predator out of parents garage!

Hey, this is my first post, I just dug my 1985 schwinn predator out of the parents garage and fell in love all over again!  I have two boys now ages 7 and 8 and I want to fix it up for them.  I think I will need to replace the wheel bearings, crank, grips, tires, and maybe the stem... It cracks and pops when I turn the handle bars and barey rolls or turns, but the good news is it has been out of the weather for the last 20 years and could be returned to its former glory soon.  My question, where can I find a spec sheet for replacement parts? I don't care about original condition. And what websites are best for finding these parts?  eBay?  I think I can do this, although I have never gone this deep on a bike before. Will some of the issues with ride-ability  possibly be fixed with cleaning and replacing the bearings, crank, and stem with grease?  Thanks guys.

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#2 2012-11-21 10:24am

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Re: Just dug my 1985 schwinn predator out of parents garage!

Probably just needs to be greased and cleaned up.

You can find just about any part you can think of right here on this site.


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#3 2012-11-21 11:36am

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Re: Just dug my 1985 schwinn predator out of parents garage!

Great to read that proud daddy's are restoring old bikes for their kids. smile

Good luck T-pain.

Post some pics before and after. big_smile


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#4 2012-11-21 11:54am

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Re: Just dug my 1985 schwinn predator out of parents garage!

What is the best way to clean up the frame? Simple green? Or is there a technique common to restoration?

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#5 2012-11-21 11:57am

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Re: Just dug my 1985 schwinn predator out of parents garage!

Does it have a chrome or painted finish?

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#6 2012-11-21 12:08pm

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#7 2012-11-21 12:20pm

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Re: Just dug my 1985 schwinn predator out of parents garage!

Welcome smile And by the way if you are addictive, collector/ hoarder or a weak person you just screwed up joining this site. That one bike will be ten and a bunch of parts and excusses for wanting more lol Also it is fun restoring and riding with the kids enjoy.

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#8 2012-11-21 12:36pm

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Re: Just dug my 1985 schwinn predator out of parents garage!

Here is a link to the best of restoration threads. It has helped me a bunch. smile
http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=359716


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#9 2012-11-21 2:41pm

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Re: Just dug my 1985 schwinn predator out of parents garage!

It's a chrome finish..

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#10 2012-11-21 2:42pm

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Re: Just dug my 1985 schwinn predator out of parents garage!

Can I upload a pic from iPad or iPhone?

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#11 2012-11-21 3:13pm

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Re: Just dug my 1985 schwinn predator out of parents garage!

http://i1278.photobucket.com/albums/y502/T-Padge/bike%20project/f8dce869661434282685936108b8333a.jpg

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#12 2012-11-21 3:14pm

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Re: Just dug my 1985 schwinn predator out of parents garage!

There she is!

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#13 2012-11-21 3:51pm

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Re: Just dug my 1985 schwinn predator out of parents garage!

Sweet! Clean it up and ride. cool


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#14 2012-11-26 11:23am

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Re: Just dug my 1985 schwinn predator out of parents garage!

The best thread for instructions on BMX Museum for cleaning chrome can be found here: http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=351132
This technique works really well and you'll be pleased with the results. Good luck.

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