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#1 2019-01-11 2:54pm

Minx20
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2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

Figured as much fun as I'm having with redoing this bike I post up the progress:

Originally got the bike as a complete with intent of stripping paint and polishing the frame, but frame had a few tiny dings along top tube, so polishing didn't make sense as the dings would stand out & to repair them would cost way more than it was worth. Good thing is around same time, my friend and I were talking and he wanted to build one up for his son, but do a splatter paint job...so this was the perfect f/f to go with.

This is what it looked like orginally
http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/28501/20170827_18225059a346b3ba5c391850e7.jpg

I found that these were powder coated. Even using aircraft paint stripper, it took more than 5 applications to get it to bare aluminum. To not gouge the frame or welds up, I could not use a sander or wire wheel on it.

This pic is of the frame almost fully stripped
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After getting it stripped 100%, I started to see what was best material to fill the couple of tiny dings. I found Bondo metal fill to be the best product, in fact powder coaters use it also to repair imperfections. Trick is the heating process when powder coating can't go above 400 degrees.

Once that was done, I got the f/f ready to prime. All the paints, primer and clear coat I'm using are enamels so to avoid issues.

Few very light coats of primer, with light sanding and mineral spirits wipe down between coats
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Have a nice tree that I'm hanging stuff while painting. I made a hook so between coats, etc, I could move parts without touching them, into my garage.

About 3 light coats of white.
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After letting base color cure for about 2 days, I started adding the splatter colors. This is where having the parts hang from a tree came in handy. Being able to slowly spin the parts while splattering paint makes the pattern more random.

Started with blue. I used a small paint brush to toss the paint on the frame. After getting the hang of it, I used the same brush to fling paint, which made small tiny dots.

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Once I felt like enough blue was on the frame, I did the same with red and silver.

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#2 2019-01-11 3:00pm

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Re: 2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

At this point I felt it needed some black paint splatter, so after polling members here, I decided to add black. It was the right decision.

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After letting the paint cure for about 48hrs, I proceeded to do a few light coats of gloss clear coat. Once the clear cures for a few days, I will use a combination of car wax and paper towels to polish the clear. I don't know why, and I accidentally discovered this process, but it's just enough roughness of the paper towels and wax, to polish out the rough over spray to a glossy finish, in fact I think the wax reacts with the paint and hardens it. I have stuff that I have done this with, that years later the paint is very hard. Of course nothing compares to a baked finish, but its close.

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Inspiration came from this Cycle Craft, the member doing the splatter paint job himself.
http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/28501/img_190159891450bb_blowup5c3a2a8f12.jpg

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#3 2019-01-11 3:13pm

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Re: 2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

I love how this turned out. Very cool


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A Redline, the fastest way between two points.

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#4 2019-01-11 3:16pm

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Re: 2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

The wheels were in need of some love. I decided to strip the anno off the hubs, then relace with some red, blue and silver nips. I've decided to change the spokes to stainless as they were rusty and after attempting to paint them, they look like crap.

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/28501/20181201_2057395c3923992a.jpg
Once I relace with stainless spokes, I'll post updated pics. I typically like black spokes, but these were rough and I want the bike to look perfect for the kid as this will be his 1st pedal bike.
http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/28501/20181215_2123275c3923bc06.jpg

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#5 2019-01-11 3:24pm

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Re: 2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

Member Eric12 did a cool trade with me for some basically new parts from his SE Lil Ripper that I'll be using

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#6 2019-01-11 3:30pm

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Re: 2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

Awesome

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#7 2019-01-11 4:11pm

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Re: 2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

Looks fantastic. Very 90s jet ski and very cool cool


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#8 2019-01-11 7:32pm

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Re: 2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

eric12 wrote:

I love how this turned out. Very cool

Thx Eric and I appreciate you working the trade for those parts I needed for this build cool

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#9 2019-01-12 1:00pm

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Re: 2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

Buffed out the clear and got headset cups pressed in.

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#10 2019-01-12 7:57pm

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Re: 2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

MOAR

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#11 2019-01-12 8:05pm

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Re: 2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

That looks pretty good!
It has a 1990's vibe to it, all that paint splatter. cool

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#12 2019-01-12 8:39pm

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Re: 2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

cool


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#13 2019-01-13 7:08pm

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Re: 2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

cool


Hutch Fun Facts: All main line Hutch's with digits only S/N (no letters or baseballs) on the rear drop outs were US made and had their dropouts stamped between late '83 and '86.  Obviously the frame manufacture would occur slightly after that, even if they just threw 'em in a bucket randomly.  There is an obvious date code in that the first 2 digits seem to be the month and the 3rd digit is pretty obviously the last digit of the year running from '83-'86.

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#14 2019-01-13 8:32pm

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Re: 2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

For tensioners, I'm going to use these modified Orgin8's that I am using with shaved down button head screws. Should give me enough adjustment, plus vs Redline tensioners (which I like and use on my bikes), these won't have a screw hanging off the backside for a little kid to get caught up on.

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/28501/20190113_2329265c3c1032af.jpg

Decided to go with a black stem. White stem I had, was a pearl white finish and clashed with the white of the f/f. Thought for a quick sec about splatter painting the stem, but there is almost too much splatter paint in use already lol
http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/28501/20190113_2325295c3c0ff522.jpg

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#15 2019-01-14 9:08am

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Re: 2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

Think this arrangement of a red spacer looks better. Plus the LBS had this blue top cap in their misc box.

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/28501/20190114_1208385c3cc212d6.jpg

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#16 2019-01-14 2:56pm

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#17 2019-01-15 6:40pm

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Re: 2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

More goods from one of the local bmx shops cool

#BocaBikeShop
#bmxerpete

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#18 2019-01-15 7:30pm

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Re: 2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

Eric, every time I see a new post I jump in here to check it out. I can't wait to see it finished. I still love what you did on the FF.


Being an adult is the dumbest thing I've ever done.

A Redline, the fastest way between two points.

You can even be 5th....

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#19 2019-01-15 8:49pm

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Re: 2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

eric12 wrote:

Eric, every time I see a new post I jump in here to check it out. I can't wait to see it finished. I still love what you did on the FF.

Thx Eric - defintely turning out better than I orginally anticipated.

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#20 2019-01-16 2:55am

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Re: 2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

Now you just need another one for the other foot big_smile

Looks great man.


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#21 2019-01-16 5:02pm

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Re: 2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

AlurencatBMX wrote:

Now you just need another one for the other foot big_smile

Looks great man.

lol

Sorta have the local market of these at the moment

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#22 2019-01-16 5:12pm

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Re: 2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

Minx20 wrote:

For tensioners, I'm going to use these modified Orgin8's that I am using with shaved down button head screws. Should give me enough adjustment, plus vs Redline tensioners (which I like and use on my bikes), these won't have a screw hanging off the backside for a little kid to get caught up on.

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-image … 1032af.jpg

Decided to go with a black stem. White stem I had, was a pearl white finish and clashed with the white of the f/f. Thought for a quick sec about splatter painting the stem, but there is almost too much splatter paint in use already lol
http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-image … 0ff522.jpg

I'd like another picture of how that tensioner works. Is the head of the screw accessible?

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#23 2019-01-16 5:33pm

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Re: 2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

blammo585 wrote:

Minx20 wrote:

For tensioners, I'm going to use these modified Orgin8's that I am using with shaved down button head screws. Should give me enough adjustment, plus vs Redline tensioners (which I like and use on my bikes), these won't have a screw hanging off the backside for a little kid to get caught up on.

http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-image … 1032af.jpg

Decided to go with a black stem. White stem I had, was a pearl white finish and clashed with the white of the f/f. Thought for a quick sec about splatter painting the stem, but there is almost too much splatter paint in use already lol
http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-image … 0ff522.jpg

I'd like another picture of how that tensioner works. Is the head of the screw accessible?

Not accessable to adjust per say while mounted. The way it works, you remove the axle nuts with wheel mounted, then you can slide the tensioner in & out of the drop out, adjusting bit by bit till you get the wheel tensioned / aligned how you want. Then put axle nuts in and tighten. Rather than a button head screw, you can also use a set screw. I'll post some pics of how to adjust once I get to that point in the build.

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#24 2019-01-20 7:01pm

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Re: 2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

Not so much progress this weekend with a few small exceptions. Original seatclamp fits the bill, and using some blue A'me grips w/ fitted nickles inside grip ends.

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#25 2019-01-20 7:54pm

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Re: 2013 SE Lil Ripper rebuild

When's the tree coming down smile

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