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#1 2013-01-14 7:37am

Gene46
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1986 Predator Qualifier Black Shadow advice

I just need some advice. I bought a 1986 Schwinn Predator Qualifier Black Shadow at an auction. It appears to be in decent condition and all original. I am not a bike guy, I deal in antiques and collectibles. A quick look shows that I should part this out to make the most profit. However, if this item is something that collectors would like to restore, I hate to take it apart. Advice? Sell it on the classifieds here or on eBay? Part it out for profit or be a nice guy and sell it complete for someone to restore?
Thanks for your comments.

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#2 2013-01-14 7:43am

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Re: 1986 Predator Qualifier Black Shadow advice

Welcome!!

Get a pro membership here....sell it complete here.


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#3 2013-01-14 7:44am

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Re: 1986 Predator Qualifier Black Shadow advice

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#4 2013-01-14 7:56am

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Re: 1986 Predator Qualifier Black Shadow advice

What Tacoman & Erdalicious said , welcome and after you decided to go pro you can sell it on the block the way you like.


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#5 2013-01-14 8:04am

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Re: 1986 Predator Qualifier Black Shadow advice

Welcome to the site!  You are absolutely right you will make more profit by parting the bike out.  I think most people including myself would encourage you to leave it complete.  That said do what you need to do, last time I checked making money is still legal in the US.  Get a pro membership and sell it here.


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#6 2013-01-14 12:31pm

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Re: 1986 Predator Qualifier Black Shadow advice

Their all right, Schwinns aren't worth the most, parts or complete, but they are cool as they come when their original and complete like they used  to be. especially that one, don't sacrifice it. The parts are just schwinn parts, but all gathered together there it's a "Black Shadow" everyone wanted that bike that couldn't afford a super expensive one. Take it for a ride, you never know you might become a vintage bmx an too, no better way to go riding with your kids and stay at the same speed they are. smile


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#7 2013-01-14 12:55pm

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Re: 1986 Predator Qualifier Black Shadow advice

Yep I'd sell it as is it's not worth the hassle to part out IMO

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#8 2013-01-14 8:26pm

Ryan D
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Re: 1986 Predator Qualifier Black Shadow advice

MrOlive wrote:

Their all right, Schwinns aren't worth the most, parts or complete, but they are cool as they come when their original and complete like they used  to be. especially that one, don't sacrifice it. The parts are just schwinn parts, but all gathered together there it's a "Black Shadow" everyone wanted that bike that couldn't afford a super expensive one. Take it for a ride, you never know you might become a vintage bmx an too, no better way to go riding with your kids and stay at the same speed they are. smile

Yeah I agree. Sell it complete. I'm sure the rims would sell fast and then you would be stting on the rest or selling the rest for cheap. They are sweet bikes and bring back the memories as the LBS was a schwinn dealer. Wish I could buy it!

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#9 2013-01-14 9:34pm

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Re: 1986 Predator Qualifier Black Shadow advice

One consideration is whether or not you are willing to ship the bike. You have to disassemble it and pack it correctly. If you can't, then you'll need to pay a bike shop to do it for you or sell it locally. I agree that you should sell it as a complete for all of the reasons already listed. What's funny is that I just picked up an 86 Black Shadow myself at an auction 2 weekends ago. I'm not sure of the value, but I can tell you that you will need a price in mind to sell it here.

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#10 2013-01-14 9:36pm

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Re: 1986 Predator Qualifier Black Shadow advice

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#11 2013-01-20 7:48am

Gene46
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Re: 1986 Predator Qualifier Black Shadow advice

Thanks for all of the advice. I couldn't find a local buyer for the bike and didn't like the shipping prices for the whole bike. I decided to part it out, and since I am familiar with selling on eBay, I put all of the parts on there. Hopefully several people will find what they need to complete their projects. I am considering buying the Pro membership here just to let all of the members know where to find the auction. Any thoughts?

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