1968 Schwinn Sting Ray

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  1. Chad T

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    Got this bike off another forum member on here. He said it was a '68 and he got it from the original owner. Looking at it more closely it seems like a lot of the original parts have been replaced with incorrect, off-brand parts.

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    The sissy bar doesn't look right and the cranks look like something off an eighties BMX bike.

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    Non-Schwinn derailleur.

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    I know this shifter is wrong.

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    Never heard of an 11-Speed '68 Sting Ray....definitely not original.

    Seat's not white like a '68 should be...looks homemade.

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    Oh well....it rides nice and Schwinn parts are too expensive....guess it will have to stay like this for a while.
     
  2. RustyGold

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    Tough luck, man...power through and maybe you'll be able to make something worthwhile out of it someday :thumbsup:.

    "I know the shifter is wrong" :21:
     
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  3. MattiThundrrr

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    Hold on to it, I hear there is a Muscle Build Off coming up. Maybe you can turn it into something nice...:giggle:
     
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  4. Klunkruiser

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    I seen some rust colored paint you could cover that purple with to spruce it up....
     
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  5. Jude Ephesus

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    I voted for this bike. Thought it was absolutely amazing with all the aftermarket upgrades n technology.

    I’m sure Schwinn purists could knock it, but I thought all the aftermarket upgrades were wicked cool.
     
  6. HatesIT

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    Love the foundation you have there. You could make it like a bazillion other rays or build on what you have and what you have is pretty awesome my opinion.

    Must be weird to be on an old banana bike that shifts solid and stops well. Whoever made it was a rider
     
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  7. Jaxon

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    That sissy bar looks like a Columbia that was extended and shocks put on it. Does it work? As in having the spring ride. Disc brakes front and back is really cool. Unless you paid big money for original I think you did good. I would leave it as is and ride it hard.
     
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  8. wheelbender6

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    Purple was a Sears Spyder color. I like Spyders, but I wouldn't want my Stingray to look like one.
     
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  9. bficklin

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    Chad correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t you build the “ ‘68 Sting Rat “?


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  10. MattiThundrrr

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    I know a guy who's be a perfect fit for that bike. eb9f4b5814907332f0c9fa8d2ff334e5.jpg
    Unfortunately, he's a little tied up right now...
     
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  11. Chad T

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    Was wondering where I had seen that sissy before. Yes the shocks work. Seat has gel in it too so at least it's comfy. There is part of a Schwinn sissy at the bottom.

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    Repop clamp...didn't even try to find a q-bolt.

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    Exactly....must have thought it was violet...not even close...:rolleyes:
     
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    The troll levels are high...

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  13. KJV

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    Spray black primer on
    The whole thang.:emo:
     
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  14. wheelbender6

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    It's a cool bike. I should be more receptive to variations in color and components.
     
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    Are you parting this out? :21:
     
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    Wow, no love around here! If the OP doesn't like it, why'd he buy it? Must've been affordable.

    Say what you will about the violet anodized parts but the 11 speed, lightweight alloy wheels and dual hydraulic disc brakes on a stingray must make a nice rider. That seat is off a "99-'00 Grape Krate and worth some coin, too.
     
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  18. Chad T

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    Hey Sam I've been meaning to ask you if you were on an Audi mailing list that I subscribe to. 200 20v? or UrS4?
     
  19. HatesIT

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  20. buses 'n bikes

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    No, afraid that's not me. Must just be a popular username, haha! I chose it back when I had a 1960 bus...
    Hope you enjoy the bike! I didn't mean any offense, just pointing out that someone went to a lot of work on this hotrod restomod and didn't think y'all got that/appreciated that...
     
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