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 Post subject: Orange Mr XC - tinyness!
PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:54 pm 
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This lovely little thing arrived yesterday - big thanks to Lockwood - top service and awesome packaging - cheers Dave!

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Fell in love with the colour instantly :facepalm: - I have a good feeling about this one - small, lightweight, old and definitely good for one more run - we've bonded already :wink: Going to be a slow burner though due to lack of funds but I can always poach bits from papadirt's Kona :twisted:

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Frame is in great condition considering it's 20 years old - bit of paint bubbling and a few decal scuffs in need of a bit of mama tlc 8)

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Aiming for a lightweight DH-esque build - like a mini Patriot for tiny folk :P


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:20 pm 
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Frame is stamped '99 but I'm planning on using early 2K bits (my fave era) 8)

Bargain basement forks have arrived - zero oil but a couple of cups of rusty water :shock:
2002 Fox Vanilla 125RL but travel will prob be reduced to 100 or maybe even 80mm

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Damper side is immaculate and fully working but spring side . . . well, I do like a challenge :facepalm:

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Not too worried about the stanchion wear as I do have previous with repair but that top bushing is completely shot. Not wanting to spend too much cash I'm thinking 3D printed bushing replacement (lower is fine) . . .


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:06 pm 
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Forks are getting there - still very much work in progress (awaiting new seals and unsure which way to go with that shot bushing) but looking loads better after a bit of tlc. Stem arrived today too - needs new bolts but totally unmarked 8)

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:25 am 
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Looking a lot tidier already, love these restoration threads you do. There must be a whole load of MD approved and restored frames out there!


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:51 am 
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Ha ha cheers! Yup, I've even bought one of 'em back :facepalm: :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:03 pm 
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No problem, Enjoy


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2019 12:41 pm 
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Cheers! :D

Sourced most of the bits now aside from wheels but I still need to complete the brakeset (got a bucket of Hope Mini bits and pieces undergoing rebuild). Hoping to get it up and running soon though with papadirt's wheels and Hayes HFX - I think he's already done his annual bike ride this year :lol:


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 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:01 pm 
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What are you doing with the stanchion wear? Is it a short term cosmetic fix or have you developed a more permanent repair?


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:49 pm 
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Not quite sure how the fork repair will pan out. The stanchions are now looking better and feeling super smooth but how they'll hold up in use remains to be seen.

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Similarly the bushing repair . . . we tried a 3D printed bushing but were unable to get the material thin enough, first attempt with PTFE tape was too thin but 0.5mm strips seem to have done the job so long as the adhesive is oil resistant. Slightly oversized atm so they'll need to be rubbed back a tad.

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If it doesn't hold up then nothing lost - it's been fun and the forks cost me peanuts. May even be worth looking for another pair to butcher for parts. Hoping to get them rebuilt this week with new seals so we'll see . . .


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:06 pm 
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Great little frame, used to have a car that colour many moons ago 8)

Looking forward to it built so you can see the size betterer.


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