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Old 02-23-2013, 05:55 AM   #16
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You have to do it! the drop outs are fine. The washers that came with the bike always left them mashed up after the first time the axle bolt was tightened. I was thinking some Z-rims, but Skyways are nice too.

Oh, and I'm jealous, check the sig line.
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Old 02-23-2013, 06:55 AM   #17
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Would this help?

read your thread, and am too old to know what a PK Ripper is, so went to ebay to find out, and saw this

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DROPOUT-SAVE...item27d01bc333

not sure if they would help your drop outs or not....
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:04 AM   #18
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Love those PK Rippers. Similar story here - original owner, raced it a bunch in the eighties, been hanging around the garage forever, etc. Only things keeping me from restoring it are time and money. If I ever find any more of either of those things I'll get right on it....

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Old 02-23-2013, 07:41 AM   #19
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if it were mine i'd source some nos decals and build it up with moderately worn original parts.
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:43 AM   #20
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I wanted to add a set of CW cruiser bars for it, but they were 130 bucks.
It has gotten a bit out of hand as of late, I saw a $1,000 number plate yesterday.

Nice bike, how does it ride?
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:45 AM   #21
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pm'd you with a few links. Nice Hutch survivor too! The red decals are interesting. Original?
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:59 AM   #22
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pm'd you with a few links. Nice Hutch survivor too! The red decals are interesting. Original?
I bought the decals at a bike store in NY or CT a couple of years after I built the bike up and installed them myself. If I remember correctly, those crazy colored freestyle Hutch models were just coming out in candy apple red and maybe blue and I loved the look of them but had no interest in a freestyle bike. So I just bought the decals for one of them and put them on. Always liked it that way and it made it stand out a bit. Love this bike - hate to see it just sitting.
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:19 AM   #23
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I had a Race Inc, frame didn't last long riding the half pipes nor did the plastic rims.
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:14 PM   #24
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Wow! Thanks to all who responded.


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read your thread, and am too old to know what a PK Ripper is, so went to ebay to find out, and saw this

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DROPOUT-SAVE...item27d01bc333

not sure if they would help your drop outs or not....

Yes, I was aware of those. And, coincidently, I was lookin' at them before I posted this thread.

I'm thinkin' that may be the route I might go. Thanks for the post.


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There's a huge culture of old-school BMX bikes/bikers out there.

I picked up this 29" Big Ripper a few months back, super fun.
I wanted to add a set of CW cruiser bars for it, but they were 130 bucks.

Restore it at your own pace, as suggested go over the welds with a magnifying glass, especially around the seat tube, BB and head tube.

Good luck!...

Right now, that is lookin' like the plan.

Z-man99 sent me some awesome links. So, I think I'm gonna' try to get this party started, over the next few weeks.

Nice bike, BTW.



As I posted, thanks for all the great replies. And, for those lurkin', if you have something to offer, please chime-in.


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Old 02-23-2013, 02:37 PM   #25
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I'd say go ahead and "restore" it whatever way you want. If you plan on keeping it for sentimental reasons, who cares if the value goes up or down?

Interesting, and maybe blasphemous, putting a GT layback post on that Hutch!

I'm in the process of "fixing up" a mid 90's Mongoose Expert Pro cruiser myself. Thought about trying to keep it 100% original, but have decided to tweak things to my liking, as it will be a rider, not a museum piece!


BMXMuseum has all the info you could ever need about fixing up or restoring vintage or modern BMX bikes.
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Old 02-23-2013, 04:07 PM   #26
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Awesome! I always liked the P.K. Rippers. I say restore it. Check here for help. Here's my GT Pro Series I used to race in the mid 80's.

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Old 02-23-2013, 07:07 PM   #27
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I was a big kid, so I needed a bike with a long top tube, stoutly built.

So I searched and put together a one-off Thruster Tri-Power XL.

(not mine, unfortunately, mine got stolen)

They were rare, I think I was the only guy who had one on my local circuit.
Me on the end in blue.



The Big Ripper rides like a Barcalounger. It's so smooth and rides fat. I need to get some smaller cranks for it though, the 190s are too long, and I don't need to pop off the gate any more.
Of course, I couldn't resist modding the shit out of it. Added Avid 1-finger V-brakes, and had to add a bracket to the front fork because there are no brake bosses on the Landing Gear forks. Also added dropout adjustments and different tires. I'm a self-professed bike geek and ex-mechanic. To be honest, I think I like building and wrenching just as much as I like riding em. To be continued......


PS That ultimate Bike rack is the first run produced in the early 90s. Still works perfectly.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:32 PM   #28
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Back when I was working at a bike shop in So Cal, Perry Kramer was our Giant Bicycles sales rep. After the second visit, I put the initials together with the name.

To be honest, I was never that much of a BMX guy.
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:56 AM   #29
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"River City BMX", San Antonio, Texas, circa 1981-82...





Although you can't tell, that is the "P.K." that I am straddling.

If I am not mistaken, it was around that time that two reps, from a fresh start-up company, approached my best friend ("Radical" Rod Arnold) with an offer to ride a new bike that they were building. They would be making the frames and forks from a super-light metal known as "titanium".

That company would, later, become known as "Titan Bicycles"...

http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/titan/



This thread has really become enjoyable for me. So, if you have something to add, please feel free.

To those who have contributed, "Thanks".



Update #1 on the "P.K."- Dropout savers have been ordered.


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Old 02-24-2013, 02:53 PM   #30
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^ Chicks dig BMX.

I guess we can make this the official BMX/cruiser thread?

My original JMC and while I'll never get rid of it, and still have 95% of the parts (good stuff is Bullseye euro BB and hubs, plus some Reedy pedals, everything else is run of the mill), unfortunately I'm way to damn big to ride it.





I'm in the middle of putting this low budget 26" Worksman cruiser together, the pub crawler.



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