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#1 2012-12-22 7:54pm

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87 GT Performer restoration

So dont bite my head off, but can you guys point me in the right direction for this? Im wondering what I can do as far as replacement for a few things, like the gyro assembly, I would like to refinish it and probably replace the old cables. Anywhere I can get white replacement cables for that? Also original seat is cracked, do you guys recommend any replacement seats out there? Also, no idea what kind of stem is on the bike, I dont think its a GT. I have a good local powdercoater that use to have an old school bmx so theres that, and as far as getting the old school decals, ultrahive.com??? Im sure Ill have more questions later, thanks ahead of time! big_smile

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BTW got one just like this when I was 10 and it was stolen the first week I moved to socal. mad


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#2 2012-12-22 8:00pm

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Re: 87 GT Performer restoration

Did you spray the OGK's


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#3 2012-12-22 8:01pm

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Re: 87 GT Performer restoration

that performer looks a real good survivor, why mess with it?


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#4 2012-12-22 8:05pm

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Re: 87 GT Performer restoration

That stem is legit. That bike looks to be completely original, I'm with Mr. Clay, I'd clean it up a bit but that's it.

Remember "It's only original once."


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#5 2012-12-22 9:32pm

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Re: 87 GT Performer restoration

tnyvillegas wrote:

Did you spray the OGK's

Thats what it looks like and I can't believe it but it's his bike. Not sure why you would even mess with that besides cleaning. Maybe some little stuff like grips or bake pads IMO.

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#6 2012-12-22 10:08pm

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Re: 87 GT Performer restoration

A little scrubbing and fresh grease and she's ready to ROLL! cool


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#7 2012-12-22 10:40pm

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A little scrubbing and fresh grease and she's ready to ROLL! cool

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#8 2012-12-25 5:59pm

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Re: 87 GT Performer restoration

Yeah, I cleaned the shit out of them and the marks that didn't come off I touched them up. I've been painting for a long time. Like the dude said its my bike I'm never getting rid of it so what does it matter? I think I answered all my own questions anyway after looking things up.


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#9 2012-12-25 6:07pm

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Re: 87 GT Performer restoration

DvSiR911 wrote:

Yeah, I cleaned the shit out of them and the marks that didn't come off I touched them up. I've been painting for a long time. Like the dude said its my bike I'm never getting rid of it so what does it matter? I think I answered all my own questions anyway after looking things up.

There are those who believe in keeping worthy survivors as such and others who go the resto route - I'm all about survivors and keeping them OG unless they are so far gone that you can't. As others mentioned, this was a clean survivor and I would have kept it as such.

But as you said, it is your bike so do as you please. Keep the pics coming!!!
coolcoolcool

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#10 2012-12-25 6:13pm

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Re: 87 GT Performer restoration

Thanks man. Yeah mine got stolen when I was a kid and this is the first time in 25 yrs that I feel like a kid again got part of childhood back that was taken away. Sounds corny but makes me happy everytime I like at the bike and go for a ride big_smile


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#11 2012-12-25 6:21pm

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Re: 87 GT Performer restoration

DvSiR911 wrote:

Thanks man. Yeah mine got stolen when I was a kid and this is the first time in 25 yrs that I feel like a kid again got part of childhood back that was taken away. Sounds corny but makes me happy everytime I like at the bike and go for a ride big_smile

That's pretty much why we(by we I mean members older than 25) are here; to relive our youth. My grail bitd was a Mongoose Decade and I was able to find one that needed a resto, so that one got me back into bikes. Now I have a total of 8 lol.

This will probably not be the first and only one. The more time you spend here, the more urges you get to keep buying. Your significant others' patience will definitely be tested big_smile


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#12 2012-12-25 7:59pm

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Re: 87 GT Performer restoration

Nice! I do like survivors but I think the wheel touch up was a good idea, they look new! As for the rest I would just clean it and leave it that way cool


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#13 2012-12-25 8:52pm

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Re: 87 GT Performer restoration

It's good from far but far from good lol. Needs alot of tlc. The brakes are almost gone, tires are going, gyro is rusty...I'm going to it some justice and clean it up nice. If you guys have specs on the 87 performer as far as sizing on stuff like the headset, bottom bracket, gearing, etc...that would help. Things like pedal size and how to modify the gyro setup with newer parts too..


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#14 2012-12-26 4:23am

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Re: 87 GT Performer restoration

DvSiR911 wrote:

It's good from far but far from good lol. Needs alot of tlc. The brakes are almost gone, tires are going, gyro is rusty...I'm going to it some justice and clean it up nice. If you guys have specs on the 87 performer as far as sizing on stuff like the headset, bottom bracket, gearing, etc...that would help. Things like pedal size and how to modify the gyro setup with newer parts too..

I bet if you search around the site, you will find all the info. There's a lot of Perfomer heads here and they will have the answers you need. cool


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#15 2012-12-26 5:11am

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Re: 87 GT Performer restoration

DvSiR911 wrote:

It's good from far but far from good lol. Needs alot of tlc. The brakes are almost gone, tires are going, gyro is rusty...I'm going to it some justice and clean it up nice. If you guys have specs on the 87 performer as far as sizing on stuff like the headset, bottom bracket, gearing, etc...that would help. Things like pedal size and how to modify the gyro setup with newer parts too..

The headset is a 1" threaded. The bottom bracket is American. The gearing would be +/- 44/16. You could find proper Gen 1 Gyro setups here in the for sale section. I would've suggested this for the mags: http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=176205 . Here's my 87 with some upgrades:
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a349/SARON81/Thegirls103-1.jpg

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#16 2012-12-26 8:34am

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Re: 87 GT Performer restoration

SARON81 wrote:

DvSiR911 wrote:

It's good from far but far from good lol. Needs alot of tlc. The brakes are almost gone, tires are going, gyro is rusty...I'm going to it some justice and clean it up nice. If you guys have specs on the 87 performer as far as sizing on stuff like the headset, bottom bracket, gearing, etc...that would help. Things like pedal size and how to modify the gyro setup with newer parts too..

The headset is a 1" threaded. The bottom bracket is American. The gearing would be +/- 44/16. You could find proper Gen 1 Gyro setups here in the for sale section. I would've suggested this for the mags: http://bmxmuseum.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=176205 . Here's my 87 with some upgrades:
http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a349/ … s103-1.jpg

Told ya lol


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#17 2012-12-26 9:23am

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Re: 87 GT Performer restoration

Thanks guys smile


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#18 2012-12-26 12:43pm

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Re: 87 GT Performer restoration

awesome GS man, that fitament is sick
is it bagged?

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#19 2012-12-26 12:50pm

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very nice smile

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#20 2012-12-26 1:48pm

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Re: 87 GT Performer restoration

Restore it.  If you find one in pretty good condition, EVERYBODY here is gonna say keep it the way it is.  I suspect you are like me though one if you just want one bike you had when you where a kid, restore the one in the picture.  I now have 6 performers because every time I found one I thought SURVIVOR!!

They will only support a restoration of a POS that's about to be scrap metal.  You can restore those, the problem is that restoring one, one piece at a time is extremely expensive.  If you restore it on a budget it will take forever and you'll have another job.

If you want one bike one way, getting on as close to intact as possible is the way to go.   Time wise, money wise, to say nothing of how little most people's vocab is on what was and wasn't original.  You probably questioned your stem because you remember the famous look of the 85 mallet stem.

Take it all the way apart.  Get a pro to powder coat all the blue and white.  Repack/replace bearings, use ultrahive and get a white viscount dominator seat.  Remove the viscount on the seat.  Use the winged decals that come from ultrahive and cover the seat with several layers of UV protectant and bam! New seat!

The bike cops here will object, but based on how you fixed the mags, it's the way you want to go to get it back looking new.   A new 87 seat would probably cost near what you paid for the bike.

Good luck.  If you have questions about any specific parts, those usually get you a less hostile response.

P.s.  go ahead and eat the 50-75$ a set of gyro cables that are new 1st gen will cost here or eBay.   The longest version sold new from a bike shop today would still need to be nearly twice as long on the upper portion to fit an 87.

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#21 2012-12-26 1:56pm

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You didn't paint the mag with the tire still inflated did you?   The cap on tire tube is white, only reason I ask.   If you did, you are in too big a rush... Slow down!!

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#22 2012-12-26 6:47pm

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Re: 87 GT Performer restoration

retired_rider_89 wrote:

awesome GS man, that fitament is sick
is it bagged?

Lol yeah. I wondered if someone would notice. GS300 on UAS with Weds Kranze 6inch chrome lips and -41 offset. -14 camber as well big_smile


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#23 2012-12-26 6:52pm

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Re: 87 GT Performer restoration

billyho96 wrote:

Restore it.  If you find one in pretty good condition, EVERYBODY here is gonna say keep it the way it is.  I suspect you are like me though one if you just want one bike you had when you where a kid, restore the one in the picture.  I now have 6 performers because every time I found one I thought SURVIVOR!!

They will only support a restoration of a POS that's about to be scrap metal.  You can restore those, the problem is that restoring one, one piece at a time is extremely expensive.  If you restore it on a budget it will take forever and you'll have another job.

If you want one bike one way, getting on as close to intact as possible is the way to go.   Time wise, money wise, to say nothing of how little most people's vocab is on what was and wasn't original.  You probably questioned your stem because you remember the famous look of the 85 mallet stem.

Take it all the way apart.  Get a pro to powder coat all the blue and white.  Repack/replace bearings, use ultrahive and get a white viscount dominator seat.  Remove the viscount on the seat.  Use the winged decals that come from ultrahive and cover the seat with several layers of UV protectant and bam! New seat!

The bike cops here will object, but based on how you fixed the mags, it's the way you want to go to get it back looking new.   A new 87 seat would probably cost near what you paid for the bike.

Good luck.  If you have questions about any specific parts, those usually get you a less hostile response.

P.s.  go ahead and eat the 50-75$ a set of gyro cables that are new 1st gen will cost here or eBay.   The longest version sold new from a bike shop today would still need to be nearly twice as long on the upper portion to fit an 87.

Wow, thanks for the input man. Yeah, if it was my original bike then I would probably have more sentimental attachment to it, but since it isn't I would like to restore it to like new condition. Ill post some pictures of my restoration. Thanks big_smile


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#24 2013-01-01 3:21pm

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Re: 87 GT Performer restoration

Here's an update/mess...

http://i46.tinypic.com/5mz8nd.jpg




Still have to remove a few things as you can tell.

This is how I feel big_smile

DERRRR..


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#25 2013-01-01 4:31pm

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OMG!!! WTF are you doing to that poor bike??  That thing is a piece of history bro!!

I completely agree with the first few posts... you're fuxkin up big time pal!  First off you sprayed the OGKs which is just absolutely obscene. and now you're asking all these questions that any mentally challenged person could answer in a few seconds using the search!  How old are you?  5????  Jumping jesus on a pogo stick, what the hell man??

Oh and btw, we're all real impressed, right guys?? Thats some very obvious attention whoring by trying to show off taking those pics next to your overpriced Toyota or whatever....  You're acting like a puerto rican on the first of the month!  GFY!!!

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