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 Post subject: GT LTS-DS Full Refurb
PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:53 pm 
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Here's my latest project, bought the bike from LGF a few weeks ago and decided to make it 'nice and shiny' again 8)

I'm posting this thread not only show everyone the bike but hopefully to help anyone else who's thinking of doing a similar project

Here's a few pics of how it was and what's been done so far.....

Black and mean

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Paint Stripper Madness !!

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Bare Metal Roughness. To polish this would take weeks so Powder Coating was my only real option. What colour to have? Decisions.....

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Close up of the bare metal, just shows how rough it was underneath that black paint. A good tip for anyone replacing the Main Bearings, use a spark plug socket. Perfect size. Place over the bearing and give it a few taps with a hammer. Comes out really easy.

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Decided to go for a Gloss White with Red Decals. I was unable to source correct DS decals so have made do with some off eBay. Cost me £10.88 with postage from the USA.

I made some enquiries with a local Powder Coater and was quoted £30 for a White Gloss Powder Coat and Clear Coat. Bargain!!

Here's a couple of pics of what it turned out like. Not everyone will like it but it's so different from the regular Black and Polished Aluminium look that the more I look at it the more stunning it becomes.

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The bike originally came with a 'made to fit' Fox Vanilla rear shock unit. Although this worked well, I aint particularly over the moon of how it looks with that 'eye' just dangling in the air. I really wanted a NOS Super Deluxe unit, the same that was on my old STS build. Unable to source one as of yet but am still looking. I decided on fitting a Coupe Deluxe which I sourced from Icycles in the USA. Here's a link

http://store.icyclesusa.com/shared/Stor ... oducts.asp

They're doing a 'Recession Special' at the moment and this cost me £23.23 including shipping from the States to the UK!!

One of the original Trunion Chips had cracked so I sourced a new set from BETD. May seem expensive for a couple of bits of plastic, but without people like BETD a lot of LTS, STS owners are going to be with broken unusable bikes in the future. Here's a link

http://www.mountainbikecomponents.co.uk ... Sts+spares

The original Trunion Alan Key Bolts that came with the bike are quite simply crap. One of these buggers rounded on me and I had to use my Dremel to cut a slot in the screw head so I could use a screwdriver to get it out.Same thing happened on my STS build and I'm thinking that there's just a weakness there. So be warned if trying to do this yourself.

Here's a couple of pics of the new rear shock fitted

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The bike came with a Raceface Prodigy Chainset, which I'm keeping as I like the look and although not period correct suits the bike. It's got a couple of Red Anodised SRP Chainring Bolts and Red Anodised BB Bolt.

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I've now decided on a 8 speed XT gearing and V Brakes

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:59 pm 
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Looking good :D
Where's the local powder-coaters? I may be (will be) in need of one for my Voodoo.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 9:47 pm 
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Xizang, thanks mate. Just PM'd you

The bike came with triple Judy XL's. Not a big fan of triples so I've decided on a set of Marzocchi Bombers. Took me a week or two to find a tidy set but finally managed to nab a set on eBay. Haven't had them yet but here's a pic from the listing to give you a flavour.

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Seem to be OK, but may be a bit rough, fingers crossed

Sourced a NOS Syncros stem for the bike from Canada here's a pic

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Still waiting on a few other bit and bobs, will post an update soon 8)


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 Post subject: re:
PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 12:59 am 
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I polished one, it took ages.

what kind of paint stripper did u use?


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:26 am 
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Looks very nice :)

How doe sit ride? I seem to remember watching people bob up and down when peddlang on those things!


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 7:16 am 
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Gadro wrote:
A good tip for anyone replacing the Main Bearings, use a spark plug socket. Perfect size. Place over the bearing and give it a few taps with a hammer. Comes out really easy.

Nice. I used a 20p, a 10p and a 5p, whacked with a punch. You end up with dish-shaped coins, but 35p is a price I can cope with. :)


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 Post subject: Re: re:
PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:11 am 
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I used some Nitromors paint stripper and it worked a treat :)

Haven't ridden it yet, but there's bound to be some 'bob' when pushing hard.


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nice 8)


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Nice too to me 8)

AC crank will be perfect on ...


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 Post subject: Re: re:
PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:55 am 
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Gadro wrote:
I used some Nitromors paint stripper and it worked a treat :)

Haven't ridden it yet, but there's bound to be some 'bob' when pushing hard.



I gave up and took my steelframe to the sandblaster today will cost me around 10euros so, I thought that it would be cheaper and easier...


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