Ok I'm back
I don't much like being outside when it is cold, so now the weather is turning it is time to get my ass into gear. I learnt a long time ago that moisture and painting don't work, so I needed to wait before I start.
Spent a lot of time trying to decide between small and medium, real OEM retro and flashy not original retro.
Also since seeing Monster T's on a Lobo I can't get it outta my head.
There is really only one solution and that is build both frames up, small will have the original spec and the medium will be full of shiny shiny
Hang one on the wall and beat the shit outta the other
I keep buying stuff that requires me to buy another one to make one decent item, on reflection the tactic is to wait and pay more; buy one good one not two shitters.
The Monsters need work, I have seals and bushes but I need to remove decals, scan and get them reproduced. I'll stick up the scan and supplier when they are done.
The shock is a RS Pro Deluxe from a Schwinn Straight 8, it is NOS from the USA and cost a packet. It is so much more substantial than the original, much beefier all round and has so much damping I can barely move it by hand. I appreciate the pics make it look like it will never fit but it will, trust me I'll get that on there
It has the same shaft travel as the original, the bottom mount screws off the Lobo shock and onto the Pro, leaving the only hard part to be the trunnion. I can either use what is there and have some parts machined to screw in or maybe I can open out the Lobo trunnion and slide it over (but the top bump stop is too large, I need to disassemble and I don't want to)
It sticks up about an inch higher when on the bike but the piggyback resivoir goes towards the front of the bike and clears everything through the full range of travel. It is going to be awesome
I'll use the medium frame, which really is probably the only one I'll be able to ride comfortably as the base for the Monsters, fancy shock and brakes. Gonna paint this one pearlescent white, then the small one either polished or black I guess, fitted with the Boxxers etc.
To answer the questiosn I can't find 151 decals, don't have a spare swingarm and nothing is for sale :p
Wish I could find the elusive AC Lo Pro crank, gonna have to get M952 but I refuse to pay £100+ for some arms and most are battered under that price. Thanks to the CRC sale I now have four MRP chain devices, so I can run 32t-48t, 4 or 5 bolt and/or a front mech depending on what I need. The order said £389 off lol (spent £80)
I think the 42t AC ring is going to be too much, can't get a smaller one even though they are out there so will have to use somebody elses 36-38t ring
97 GT LTS-1
99 GT Lobo DH 1000 x 2