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Old February 24th, 2015, 8:40 PM   #1
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Default 89 Wicked project

Just picked this up off of ebay, listed in fair condition but looks pretty good. Not a museum piece - plan on riding it as is.

Gave it a nice bubble bath and a good waxing before applying some JP Weigle to the seat tube, down tube, head tube, bottom bracket, & steerer. I was surprised to see the seat tube and down tube had vent holes into the bottom bracket - thought these were all sealed tubes?

Popped the seals off the bearings, they looked original & untouched, cleaned out the old grease and repacked with some Phil's.

The BB cable guide was held in place by a wood screw & plastic push in - weird, found the pop rivet in the BB. Need to get that riveted back on then start the build.


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Old February 24th, 2015, 9:22 PM   #2
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Looks to be in good shape, should be fun to ride.
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Old February 24th, 2015, 9:26 PM   #3
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Looking forward to getting it on the trails, my first Fat was an 89 - black frame with the bright green fork.
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Old March 7th, 2015, 5:13 PM   #4
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Nice cleanup and prep.
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Old March 8th, 2015, 8:29 PM   #5
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Default One step forward - Two steps back

Forward - got the bb cable guide riveted back in place.

Back - picked up a Chris King no logo 1" headset, stack height is too tall, doh! Then picked up a nice Deore headset forgetting that there are two different crown race sizes, yup - got the wrong size.


Soooo, does anyone have a 26.4 crown race for a Deore/Deore XT headset?

Looking to trade/sell/etc.
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Old March 9th, 2015, 9:16 AM   #6
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Default Possibly.

I have part of an xt at home. I will look after work to see what I have
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Old March 9th, 2015, 10:02 AM   #7
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Old March 21st, 2015, 10:56 AM   #8
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Default Ready for cables

Just need to cable it up, gets some grips, .........and wait for the glacier to recede. We're at 117 inches of snow and counting.
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Old March 21st, 2015, 1:40 PM   #9
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That's 115.5" too many.


Bike looks great!
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Old March 22nd, 2015, 6:59 PM   #10
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Yeah, that'll be a blast! Sweet ride. I love the well-worn Flite.
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Love this one. Little red bike. Old xt.
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Old December 8th, 2015, 5:44 AM   #12
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Super nice! Many thanks to you and to other Wicked posts at FC for inspiring me to undertake a Wicked project. I will post soon about my project.
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