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1988 GT Performer

#1 2012-02-25 1:01am

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1988 GT Performer

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1988 GT Performer

I decided that I wanted to start collecting BMX bikes after a very long time away. The first bike I had to have is what I consider to be the american Icon Freestyle bike.

I set out for a 1987 GT Performer in baby blue with white mags. After searching long and hard I came across the 1988 Model GT and realized that I love this bike even more. After I got it I decided that it's survivor blue paint was perfect with it's 1980's battle scars. However, I wanted the white to be fresh. I replaced the grips and cables with NOS stuff. I glass beaded the wheels and re dyed them to the origanal white. I replaced the tubes, chain and freewheel along with new white freestyler tires.
 
Now it's perfect. Although, after having it for a week or 2 I decided that I wanted to sell it and I believe this is the biggest mistake ever and it will be the 1 bike I should have kept!


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#2 2012-02-25 12:02pm

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Re: 1988 GT Performer

Keep it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Thats a sweet GT...


Blue, you’re my boy!!!

YOU’RE MY BOY BLUE!!!
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#3 2012-02-25 8:21pm

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Nice build those mags look better then new. Bead blast and dye huh I never heard of redying white just bleach. I got a set of skyway oes soaking for 6 days now I hope they come out like yours.

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#4 2012-02-25 8:28pm

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Re: 1988 GT Performer

one of my fav decal style cool


Build it, Ride it & Break it. That what "it" was made for.

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#5 2012-02-25 8:40pm

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Re: 1988 GT Performer

it's survivor blue paint was perfect with it's 1980's battle scars.

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#6 2012-02-25 8:43pm

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Here's the before and after. They started out descusting! They were brown with black brake rub all around them. First I sand blasted them in my cabinet at work. It cleaned every bit of marking and brake run off. IT took the browning off and left them in the ugly yellow state you see in the before pictures. I may make a thread about it in the forums.





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#7 2012-02-25 8:52pm

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Re: 1988 GT Performer

Rusty Craig wrote:

it's survivor blue paint was perfect with it's 1980's battle scars.

Haha. It's beutifuly damaged. I can say with pride that this bike has been Ghost ridden several times!! smilesmilesmile

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#8 2012-02-26 1:12am

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Re: 1988 GT Performer

Great job on those mags. I too love the '88 decals.  Definitely hold on to this one!cool


Cool, a new bike.  Wait a minute.......where am I going to hide this one.  She's going to catch me...

Wanted: 90 Holmes f/f decals, Odyssey parts in vapor blue

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#9 2012-02-26 5:47am

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You should do a thread about your wheels theres so many diffrent ideas on here its kind of contradicting. Like spraying wd 40 on wheels did you do it to yours?

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#10 2012-02-27 4:06am

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Re: 1988 GT Performer

it's survivor blue paint was perfect with it's 1980's battle scars.

weaving hair styles

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#11 2012-03-09 10:55am

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Re: 1988 GT Performer

Hi,

I believe this may be the bike I bought off of ebay a few days ago.  I received it, but have not reassembled it yet.   I'm halfway considering having the frame, forks, handlebars and seat post powdercoated black...still debating it in my head.

I see you have a Turbo Regal.  Funny thing.  I have one too.  I guess smart minds think alike.

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1988 GT Performer (Blue)

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#12 2012-03-09 4:25pm

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You have a TR also? That is too funny!!! I'll post a pic of mine below. I think the bike looks so incredible in it's origanal blue finish. Even the battle scars are so perfectly placed. I don't know if I could support the idea of powdering it black. Although I know if you do it will probably turn out to be one of those perfect looking bikes. I havn't seen a black one that turned me on like the blue ones.

Glad you signed up here this site is a new addiction of it's own!!!


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#13 2012-03-10 5:27am

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Re: 1988 GT Performer

I'm leaning towards a full restore and staying with the blue.  The black just crossed my mind.

What all do you have done to the Buick?

Here's a quick rundown of mine:

Champion ported heads/intake
Edelbrock 204/214 cam
Ported TB
TA Performance headers
3" stainless downpipe and exhaust
PTE billet ball bearing 6262 turbo
All supporting fuel mods
Alky Control dual nozzle setup.
PTE intercooler
Extreme Transmissions Stage 2 200-4r
Pat's 3200 stall converter

The list goes on.


1988 GT Performer (Blue)

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#14 2012-03-10 8:16pm

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Re: 1988 GT Performer

Sounds like you have a stout combo. yikes Have you ran it at the track?

Mine is a rebuilt bottom end with 212/212 cam, ported big valve heads, 65mm plenum and TB, 24 row Hand made MPE intercooler, CPT66 BB Turbo, 3.5 inch DP, 3200 stall, and an XFI.
I havnt ran it yet but at 22psi with all of the timing pulled out for breakin the car is a beast. I would say very low elevens. If I put timing into it there's 10 second passes and If I turn the boost up it's another story.

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#15 2012-03-11 7:20am

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dragracer wrote:

Sounds like you have a stout combo. yikes Have you ran it at the track?

Mine is a rebuilt bottom end with 212/212 cam, ported big valve heads, 65mm plenum and TB, 24 row Hand made MPE intercooler, CPT66 BB Turbo, 3.5 inch DP, 3200 stall, and an XFI.
I havnt ran it yet but at 22psi with all of the timing pulled out for breakin the car is a beast. I would say very low elevens. If I put timing into it there's 10 second passes and If I turn the boost up it's another story.

I haven't ran it yet.  I bought it in July.  I've put about 100 miles on it since.  I'll be pulling the motor out soon.  It had just been rebuilt, but I'm losing coolant and I think it's going into the oil pan.  I'm going to go through it and check everthing out.  The previous owner took 2 shortcuts (in my opinion) during his full resto/rebuild.  He stayed with the stock pistons and he didn't have a set of billet main caps installed.  I'll be doing both when the motor is out.  With about 25 psi, the car should run upper 10's with a good tire.  It'll break the little street tires it has on it now loose from a 50mph roll.


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#16 2012-03-11 7:38am

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My motor is just stock shortblock with new bearings and cam kit and Blueprinted oil pump. With the XFI I can pull all of the threat out of the car so i'm hoping it lasts a long time as I only will have the car set up for 11.30 @ 118/119 tune for the street.

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#17 2012-03-15 8:41pm

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Killer job on the mags! Good decision to leave the paint OS.


Clearing out the stable.

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#18 2015-02-28 10:51pm

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Re: 1988 GT Performer

Iconic bike in my mind!big_smile

Hence my username!lol


" He's such a nice boy "

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#19 2015-03-01 3:17pm

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Thanks, I agree. The '87 is hard to beat but the decals on the 88 are killer. I should not have sold this bike. I do have a MINT OG '87 now though so I feel better.

I actually just did some mags on a '93 Dyno the same way and they came out even better.

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#20 2019-06-23 1:20am

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Re: 1988 GT Performer

Post a thread on the mags please. I have 2 sets I need to clean for my 80’s blue dyno compe, 87 blue performer and just picked up an 88 day glow orange performer

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