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Respray or keep it 'patina'.....
keep it - its got history 81%  81%  [ 35 ]
Respray it - it deserves it 19%  19%  [ 8 ]
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 6:09 am 
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Got this recently from a friendly retrobiker in Sweded. To cut a long story short this is one of my all time favourite bikes and it turns out this one has a bit of history to it too!!

Legend has it that this bike was once owned by Mert Lawwill and was raced at the 1998 X-Games by Marla Streb. Its got bearings on all the pivots and the rear travel is 5, not 4, inches

I got it in very good condition - although i've added a few decals (sorry Neil) and some other parts

DHO Forks - yes I know its an sl brace
Boxxer Front Hub
HED Downhill Rims
Magura Front Brake

But I cannot decide whether to keep it like this or strip it down and do a proper restoration job on it respray etc.......

any thoughts welcome


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 8:49 am 
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personally id clean it up as best as you can, maybe touch up a few bits but its wounds are its history.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:50 pm 
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I think, If your going to re-spray it and replicate the original paintjob then crack on.
A good restoration of something with a little history behind it is a lovely thing.

If your going to use it as yeti intended then just freshen it up, but i would guess your going to ride it and not thrash it to death so go RE-SPRAY 8) :D

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2009 7:45 pm 
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I'd leave it...bikes always look good with some marks of use/history and often when you start spending money restoring etc. they become to precious and end up in the garage 24/7/365!


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:06 am 
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nporternz wrote:
although i've added a few decals (sorry Neil)


Hey no problem, I love decals!! 8)

Looking sweet with the HED wheels.
It's a tough decision, one I mulled over constantly when I owned it. I'm a big fan of patina, as is Yeti founder John Parker who now runs the Primer Nationals http://www.primernationals.com/primer/event.html but I think the Lawwill would also look great totally restored and factory-fresh.

Not much help am I? :oops:


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 11:04 am 
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Thats fantastic, I'd go full resto then use it.


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 Post subject: Re: Yeti Lawwill 4
PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:25 pm 
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beepbeep wrote:
nporternz wrote:
although i've added a few decals (sorry Neil)


Hey no problem, I love decals!! 8)

Looking sweet with the HED wheels.
It's a tough decision, one I mulled over constantly when I owned it. I'm a big fan of patina, as is Yeti founder John Parker who now runs the Primer Nationals http://www.primernationals.com/primer/event.html but I think the Lawwill would also look great totally restored and factory-fresh.

Not much help am I? :oops:


its real difficult!! if i go full respray then will the decals look weird if they are viynl and not under the clear??

leaning towards building it and having a little fun and then stripping and restoring!!

Cant wait to put THOSE shifters on!


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:36 pm 
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leave it be and rag it...

not like its gonna rust is it...


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Don't touch the paint , just a old and good component on . 8)


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:17 pm 
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get it resprayed in its original colors :wink:


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