Crusty Cruisin

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Haven’t posted a build for quite some time, thought maybe I’d try to document one. I picked up this beautiful Laguna frame a little bit back that needed some attention.
Most obvious is the ‘gusset’ someone added along the way.

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the under side of the cig box behind the BB was also rusted through pretty good

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I ran the frame by a local metal shop after I got it and asked for the gusset to be removed, and a new bottom for the cig box. Caught em at a good time, the next day I picked my frame up

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I had expressed I liked the paint as it was and asked them to remove as little as possible. Which they did. Next step, to paint ‘match’ the rest of the frame.
 
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Once the gusset was removed I had some bare metal. And there were spots throughout that had been sanded to bare metal, or just sanded with a heavy grit. I was able to find spray paint in the correct pistachio, grey, brown, and satin black that covered the frame. I covered any bare spots in kind of a random fashion, then laid black over that sparingly
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Waited about a week to let the paint dry properly, then sanded it back down a little bit to my liking, and gave it a matte clear coat.

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While that dried I started to gather parts.

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I made sure to grab some stuff that had a similar hint of crusty to it.

Dug around and came up with a black pair of Araya’s that have a decent fade to them.
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only issue is some brake rub. Which I just can’t live with.
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time to shiney side em.

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Got the crank set up all ready-

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pressed in some new bb cups. (I typically don’t like to use modern production stuff, but new Tange bb’s are nice, and I had a few on the shelf)

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Had to swap the front axle from a quick release to a solid one. Though I had lost the axle for a bit there and was bummed at the idea of running a quick release axle. Luckily I found it.

Couple turns of some wrenches later and—

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Probably change the grips and a few small things. But not today. Time for a ride
 
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Nice job. :thumbsup:
I would have maybe liked to seen it in bare metal tho. Is that a 2-speed rear hub?
Thanks man. I did consider bare. But I really did like the messed up paint it came with. My CBR will be bare metal. And yes, 2 speed bendix. I intentionally geared this rig a lil high at 63 gear inches, so the low would be more utilized.
 
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You sure seem to have some SICK bikes my man!
Would look sweet Painted or stripp'd down, I like it the way it also :thumbsup:
That is so RAW! :rockout:
 
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