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#51 2011-08-05 11:19am

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Re: 1987 GT Performer Rad 25 Tribute Restoration Progress

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Whatever MX it is, it is sweet! I admittedly will pay STUPID prices for certain items, but if I can get a remake from Justin, I will always go with that option first.

I really like how you take the old school frames and keep your "old" bike in mind, but blend in the new school stuff smile  You turn Craigslist's pickups into amazing bikes. Do you ever wonder what the person, who sold you, the bike, would think, if they saw what you did to them? cool  I bet it would be cool to see some of their reactions.

LOL, I've thought about it but never done it.  This was my favorite $25 CL score before and after.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_Posts/Mirra_540_01.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_Posts/Haro_Mirra_Air_540_2003_06sm.jpg

The problem is I buy them and let them hang in my garage too long.  By the time I build them I have no idea who I got them from. big_smile

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#52 2011-08-05 2:42pm

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Re: 1987 GT Performer Rad 25 Tribute Restoration Progress

Love it man! Very Clean cool


I forgot how fun it was to build bikes..

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#53 2011-08-05 3:04pm

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Re: 1987 GT Performer Rad 25 Tribute Restoration Progress

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Yeah, I need to make one of those threaded bar ones too.  Next Home Boy Depot trip...

I picked up a nice set of 1 1/8" GT Pac Man forks from DemonGT last year.  I really wanted to go as light as possible on this bike but the only pegs I had that would fit are steel.  So be it.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/ … d25-28.jpg

This threadless headset was a challenge because the forks have a welded in star nut and the hole was larger than any Potts mod bolt I had in my tool chest.  I had to take apart a star nut and slip the little threaded circle-nut up inside to compress it all together.  Once I got it going it tightened up no problem.  I'll be looking for a larger bolt in the future and will replace it.  Oh yeah, as always I pressed in the top cup before adding the lower Gyro plate - I always seem to do this.  Had to pop it out and start over.  Next I slid the stem and spacers on then realized I hadn't placed the detangler on or the top Gyro plate.  If anyone has any good suggestions how not to miss these each time, please share. smile

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/ … d25-27.jpg

Flatlandfuel.com had these brakes on sale last year and I grabbed a few sets.  I'll be looking for replacement pads as these red ones are too distracting.  Black or clear ones are coming.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/ … d25-29.jpg

Since I really love the new technology and NEED 990s to stop my weight, I added a 990 plate to the bottom and used the same F-Set model below.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/ … d25-30.jpg

Lastly, here is a sneak peak of the new school mod for this 25th Anniversary rider.  A 9 tooth cassette in the rear will match up with the 25 up front.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/ … d25-31.jpg

awesome gt build, if you still wanted to use a 990 for the rear brake you could always get a odyssey posi-stop seatpost clamp that has a built in barrel adjuster/ cable stop and then mount the 990 with the brake plate where you have the white brake currently.

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#54 2011-08-05 6:39pm

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Re: 1987 GT Performer Rad 25 Tribute Restoration Progress

wired wrote:

houndog wrote:

wkbogie wrote:

I love this forum and am amazed each time I learn and try a new trick.

+1
Every time wired does a bike I learn something new...

You and me both! big_smile

So, I just read how jlewis likes to read about the thought process that goes into building a bike.  Here's the back story on this one.  From 1986 to 1989 I rode the Pipeline skatepark in Upland, CA a lot.  I lived less than an hour away when I started then moved and got about fifteen minutes away before it shut down for good.  I saw a lot of pros ride there over the years and Eddie Fiola was one of my favorites.  Not only was he one of the best full pipe riders I've ever watched, he was nice to everybody.  It didn't matter whether you were just a little kid watching him in awe or another biker sitting beside him around the perimeter fence.  He was polite, courteous and took the time to talk to anyone who had something to say to or ask him.  During one session I was curious what a pro did with all the free bikes they got so I asked.  He said he sold them off as he got new ones... wink big_smile  Next question was "Do you have one I could buy?"  I ended up getting a mid 80's GT Pro Performer with sealed bearing hubs and a few other choice parts - for $100.  Here is what it looked like after I stripped my Dyno and merged them together.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/ … d25-32.jpg

Here's a couple shots of how it finally ended up as I rode it for a good two years.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/ … d25-33.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/ … amp_03.jpg

I know a lot of people get the urge to recreate one or more of their favorite bikes from way back when and I'm no different.  Like an idiot, I sold this bike for $125 in '89 when I thought I outgrew BMX and had moved on to mountain biking.  Stupid, stupid, stupid!  My urge to recreate, however, always seems to stray a little from rebuilding the exact bike.  For most, it would take way too much money to do and for me personally, I always like to incorporate something new as I build.  I may use newer technology, change and personalize the graphics, modify the colors, but something has to be a little different.  Such is the case for this bike.

My original Performer was chrome with a mix of black and white accent parts.  The bars and seat post I'm using now were already factory painted white so I decided to roll with and build around them.  Over the past two days I had a lot of parts sitting on this bike and they just weren't working.  The 990 plate on the bottom didn't work out because of the chain clearance.  I tried a set of black calipers in the back, then silver, then white - bingo!  While the silver rims I had in place looked okay they just weren't jiving with the white up top.  So I started swapping parts and now I think I'm on the right track.

While I hate stealing the thunder of the reveal, here are a few pics of where this bike is going, for today at least.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/ … d25-34.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/ … d25-35.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/ … d25-36.jpg

This is the first time I've used white grips.  I think I put them on too soon as I'm having a hard time keeping them clean.  lol

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/ … d25-37.jpg

I know they'll get dirty but I want them spotless for the pics I take as soon as I'm done.

Great story Kelly. I'm the same way with my 83 GT Nora Cup I sold BITD for $200 when I got into skateboarding hmm
I will build it again smile
I'm on my third bike now with white grips (I bought in bulk lol) and yeah, they get filthy with building especially. I just scrub them with dishsoap before i take pics. cool


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#55 2011-08-05 6:53pm

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Re: 1987 GT Performer Rad 25 Tribute Restoration Progress

So do I get to see this in person in 2 weeks??? big_smile


Like everything my friend, you a just a means to an end...

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#56 2011-08-05 9:04pm

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Re: 1987 GT Performer Rad 25 Tribute Restoration Progress

Kurt_Rad wrote:

So do I get to see this in person in 2 weeks??? big_smile

Yep!  I'll be riding at the Millennium skate park on Friday, all over Cochrane on Saturday then around Bowness on Sunday.  Look forward to meeting you and all the other Museumers!

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#57 2011-08-05 9:23pm

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Re: 1987 GT Performer Rad 25 Tribute Restoration Progress

cool


Like everything my friend, you a just a means to an end...

[img]http://uploads.bmxmuseum.com/user-images/56126/9d4c6707-718c-4ec3-9aeb-aef1bc82caa95c467c81b65cd1c79e64.jpg[/img]

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#58 2011-08-10 10:52pm

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Re: 1987 GT Performer Rad 25 Tribute Restoration Progress

Only a little progress so far this week.  I'm matching the front 990s to the rear calipers and thought I'd try something with an old seatpost clamp.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_2011/GT_Performer_Rad25-38.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_2011/GT_Performer_Rad25-39.jpg

Now to ruin a perfectly good, new set of cranks.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_2011/GT_Performer_Rad25-40.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_2011/GT_Performer_Rad25-41.jpg

Just a little more sanding then off to the buffing wheel.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_2011/GT_Performer_Rad25-42.jpg

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#59 2011-08-11 4:43am

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Re: 1987 GT Performer Rad 25 Tribute Restoration Progress

Instant PowerSeries..... Good idea cool


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#60 2011-08-11 6:55am

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Re: 1987 GT Performer Rad 25 Tribute Restoration Progress

I printed up some decals last night and got them applied this morning.  I also picked up some matching Kool Stop brake pads for the front and rear.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_2011/GT_Performer_Rad25-44.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_2011/GT_Performer_Rad25-43.jpg

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#61 2011-08-11 10:15am

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Re: 1987 GT Performer Rad 25 Tribute Restoration Progress

I love how you are adding the decals. Your homemade decals look better than factory.

You make a little tiny TRASHED part look brand new, wow the brakes and seat clamp look better than new ... especially with the decals.

Thank you too, for including the details of turning a set of Primo Powerbites, into GT Power Series cranks ... I can't wait to see them polished smile

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#62 2011-08-11 1:56pm

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Re: 1987 GT Performer Rad 25 Tribute Restoration Progress

I really want to ride this so I'm pushing hard.  Here are the parts about to go in the Drano.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_2011/GT_Performer_Rad25-45.jpg

I chose a smaller tub so I could use less sodium hydroxide.  I dumped in half a can of the Drano crystals.  You can see the bubbles in the shape of the chainwheel down below the surface.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_2011/GT_Performer_Rad25-46.jpg

I decided to strip and polish this chainwheel so I could have a silver fallback if I didn't like the black one.  I really like the design of the black one and didn't want to strip it yet because it's still brand new.  This one is also a 23 tooth which is a little smaller than I want to run.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_2011/GT_Performer_Rad25-47.jpg

I strip paint without wearing gloves.  I DO NOT strip anodizing without them.  These parts got HOT!

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_2011/GT_Performer_Rad25-48.jpg

I pulled out the chainwheel first and left the crank arms and valve caps cooking while I brass brushed away the black stuff.  The Drano also loosened the purple paint inside the holes of the chainwheel.  It all brushed right off.  When the crank arms came out they were hot and black.  I rinsed the remaining pieces under cool water then began brushing off the rest.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_2011/GT_Performer_Rad25-49.jpg

All done.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_2011/GT_Performer_Rad25-50.jpg

I spent about two hours at the buffing wheel getting all five of these pieces polished.  When I tested the right crank arm I knew I wanted to leave the black 25 tooth.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_2011/GT_Performer_Rad25-51.jpg

Lastly, I replaced these silver anodized caps

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_2011/GT_Performer_Rad25-52.jpg

with these (gold ones stripped and polished)

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_2011/GT_Performer_Rad25-53.jpg

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#63 2011-08-11 2:06pm

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OMGosh Kelly, your work is amazing. I wish I had 1/3 of your creativity, skill level and tools lol. I almost want to fly up there just to see this thing in person! I love the new school twist cool


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#64 2011-08-11 2:35pm

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Re: 1987 GT Performer Rad 25 Tribute Restoration Progress

Thanks Quetzal, that's an awesome compliment.  If this turns out to be a good rider, heck, I'll bring it to California and ride with you.  smile  One more pic for today.  I think I may get this finished tonight...

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_2011/GT_Performer_Rad25-54.jpg

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#65 2011-08-11 2:49pm

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Re: 1987 GT Performer Rad 25 Tribute Restoration Progress

Wow Kelly! You are pushing hard, you got a lot done today smile
Cranks, brakes, seat clamp... all of them look awesome. Polishing skills are over the top as always and the custom decals really are RAD! Looking fantastic.
That draino looks nasty, I hope you wear a proper mask around that crap.


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#66 2011-08-11 3:03pm

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Re: 1987 GT Performer Rad 25 Tribute Restoration Progress

Just amazing yikes


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#67 2011-08-11 3:37pm

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Well, I finally found where the "subscribe to this topic" link was hidden ... lol


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#68 2011-08-11 5:35pm

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Re: 1987 GT Performer Rad 25 Tribute Restoration Progress

Duuuude...  Now that's just stupid sick! yikes

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#69 2011-08-11 7:15pm

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Re: 1987 GT Performer Rad 25 Tribute Restoration Progress

...the cranks are beautiful  neutral

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#70 2011-08-11 7:18pm

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Re: 1987 GT Performer Rad 25 Tribute Restoration Progress

MACAW wrote:

...the cranks are beautiful  neutral

He's the polish master... it's patience and skill.
If I ever need this done I'll just accidentally ship them his way lol


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#71 2011-08-11 7:36pm

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Re: 1987 GT Performer Rad 25 Tribute Restoration Progress

cool


In Colorado we ride!!!  all bmx stuff rules!

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#72 2011-08-11 8:17pm

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Re: 1987 GT Performer Rad 25 Tribute Restoration Progress

You're killing this one! Super nice!cool

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#73 2011-08-11 10:03pm

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Re: 1987 GT Performer Rad 25 Tribute Restoration Progress

Man! What an amazing job!

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#74 2011-08-11 10:47pm

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Re: 1987 GT Performer Rad 25 Tribute Restoration Progress

Will we see it on Saturday?  big_smilebig_smilebig_smilebig_smilebig_smile

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#75 2011-08-12 10:27am

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Re: 1987 GT Performer Rad 25 Tribute Restoration Progress

townslo wrote:

Will we see it on Saturday?  big_smilebig_smilebig_smilebig_smilebig_smile

Yep!  ...or now. big_smile

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_2011/GT_Performer_Rad25-63-78-1024.jpg

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http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_2011/GT_Performer_Rad25-59-71-1024.jpg

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l258/GHS_Wired/BMX_Museum_2011/GT_Performer_Rad25-68-88-1024.jpg

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