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Pipmeister

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Well this is a first as far as I am aware - Two frames with the same Serial Number 🤪.

Thanks go to Asolo for spotting these two, and for doing most of the work. Apart from the pictures that you have now seen above, I also have some more on file of the frame on the e-Bay listing currently in Milwaukee. Asolo has provided some pictures of the frame that is currently in the South of France, so I have compiled a set of pictures that show the two identical serial numbers, highlighting some differences in the stamping of the digits.

The "9" looks lower in the U.S. e-Bay shot:

U.S. E-Bay
1995 Hei Hei B18319 US_1.png
France
1995 Hei Hei B18319 Fr_1.png




The "E" is higher in the France shot:

U.S. E-Bay
1995 Hei Hei B18319 US.png
France
1995 Hei Hei B18319 Fr.png


Curiouser and Curiouser! It would appear that there are indeed two frames with the same serial number! That must have been a Friday afternoon job after a beer or two lunchtime!

Here are the two frames in their current separate locations:

U.S. e-Bay Milwaukee - List entry: B18319 - Short Seat Tube Extension, genuine 1 off NDS 1995 Hei Hei Decal.1995 Hei Hei B18319_1.jpg

South of France - List entry: B18319 - Short Seat Tube Extension, 1994 Decals, duplicated Serial Number.1995 Hei Hei B18319_10.jpg

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Mortonm

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I would like to submit Frame number B19893-64
1996 Kona Hei Hei King Kahuna with 6-4 Ti rear stays.

Here is a shot of the serial number and a quick shot of it after I got it home and changed out the forks stem and v brake stop collar. I plan on swapping the M960 XTR to M950 in time.

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I have known about this beauty for a few days now, and have been gagging to reveal its whereabouts, but didn't want to take that away from Mortonm.

These 1996 King Kahuna 6-4 frames are rare, and don't often come along in this superb condition. I'm yet to study the Decals, but so far they look original to me. We usually get some cracking pictures from Mortonm, so I'm looking forward to seeing a thread for this bike.

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Mortonm

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I have known about this beauty for a few days now, and have been gagging to reveal its whereabouts, but didn't want to take that away from Mortonm.

These 1996 King Kahuna 6-4 frames are rare, and don't often come along in this superb condition. I'm yet to study the Decals, but so far they look original to me. We usually get some cracking pictures from Mortonm, so I'm looking forward to seeing a thread for this bike.

Pip.
The decals look original to me and are in great shape. The drive side King Kahuna decal has some damage and peeling edges but the rest are stellar.

Excuse the shiny pics I will start a thread for it once I have some better pics in the shade, perhaps tonight.
 

Asolo

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Here are some pictures from the B18319 frame in France, in very good condition !

I will look for original parts from 95 like in the catalog. I think levers, brakes and crank will be the hardest parts to find..
 

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Rightyho, I have updated the Kona Titanium Serial Number list with an interesting example of a 1999 Model from new member Shah in Singapore.

I've mentioned before that despite these frames being listed with a Red Painted Heat Tube, I have more examples on file without the paint. It would appear that they were available either with, or without the Red Paint (similar to the the King Kahuna Orange Paint) although the majority that did have the paint from new, have since had it stripped off.

Sadly not many of the original Decals remain, although a set of the Go Faster Wraparound Decals would really set this frame off.

1999 Hei Hei KH17032_2.jpg

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Okay, I have update the Kona Titanium Serial Number List again with a lovely example of a 1994 frame with complete original Decals.

These don't come along very often in this condition, so the pictures are a good reference for my records.

Thanks go to Sándor for bringing this to my attention:

1994 Hei Hei B17409_1.jpg1994 Hei Hei B17409_6.jpg1994 Hei Hei B17409_8.jpg

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Rightyho a bit of a flurry of activity. I have updated the Kona Titanium Serial Number list again today, with what appears to be a 1999 model.

A previous owner mentions that the Head Tube was stripped of its Red Paint - if this is correct, it would date it as 1999. I had assumed until now that the 18" 1999 models started in the 100's - it is very difficult to tell the difference between the 1998 and 1999 Hei Heis without any original Decals, as the Geometry and Cable Stops are identical. If however the new owner can see some evidence of Red Paint inside the Head Tube, then this would confirm that the Serial Numbers started a little lower for the 1999 models, which all helps keep the List accurate.

Thanks go out to jinjrich for bringing his latest acquisition to my attention.

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dookie

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My 17" '99, as requested...paint/decals original. I'm the 2nd owner. Purchased as a bare frame from a sponsored racer in the early '00s.

KK17009 in NC, USA.

 

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