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    Demo 7 in the raw and some modifications

    I posted this in the DH/FR forums also, sorry for the double postings....

    This is the result of about 30$ of paint stripper and superfine sandpaper. I've always hated the color of my 07 Demo 7 and have always wanted to paint it but I didn't have the time to do so.
    I thought I'd give stripping it a shot and I'm very happy. I did a bit of sanding to get out cable rub and rough portions of the bare frame. I went a little crazy and did the brake levers, rims, and shock spring too. I'm going to have to watch the spring for rust (I didn't think of that b4 I sprayed it), but I have a little bit of lube on there to keep the rust at bay + I live in Socal= the land of little rain. I'm loving the rims, sooo shiny, I looove shiny things,,,,,My Precious!!!

    So,, whaddddya think?

    Ten points if anyone can spot the custom area of the frame......
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    it looks waaay better like that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demodude
    This is the result of about 30$ of paint stripper and superfine sandpaper. I've always hated the color of my 07 Demo 7 and have always wanted to paint it but I didn't have the time to do so.
    I thought I'd give stripping it a shot and I'm very happy. I did a bit of sanding to get out cable rub and rough portions of the bare frame. I went a little crazy and did the brake levers, rims, and shock spring too. I'm going to have to watch the spring for rust (I didn't think of that b4 I sprayed it), but I have a little bit of lube on there to keep the rust at bay + I live in Socal= the land of little rain. I'm loving the rims, sooo shiny, I looove shiny things,,,,,My Precious!!!

    So,, whaddddya think?

    Ten points if anyone can spot the custom area of the frame......
    BAAAAAAAAAADAAAAAASSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!

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    Very nice. Simple raw aluminum on a good frame is just beautiful. More manufacturers should offer this as a special-order option.
    You better just go ahead and drop that seatpost down to the reflector... the trail gets pretty rough down there.

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    Love it, was gonna do my pitch but then got a new frame on warranty so it'll have to wait, your demo looks great.

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    It looks so awesome!

    Did you put clear coat on it?

    I'm tinkering with the idea of doing the same on mine.

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    No clear coat- no need, alu doesn't oxidize, it'll stay shiny
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    alu doesn't oxidize, it'll stay shiny
    Yes it does. leave it alone long enough and it will turn grey then white. You'll have to poilish it every now and then. or you could use that flitz stuff I've heard of.

    It does look 10x better though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demodude
    Ten points if anyone can spot the custom area of the frame......
    No more guides on the downtube?

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    BAD ASS!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan1104
    No more guides on the downtube?
    Yep, cut em off. Won't ever need a front derailler on this bike!!!!
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    Sweet.
    Spesh should just have the frame option to have it be clear-coated raw.
    Save them money on paint lol.

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    yo and if u wanna go all the way u can take that rear suspension linkage that is still brown and soak it in drain-o and the anodization will come right off... that is if its aluminum which im preddy sure it is...

    other wise it looks great...
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    Really? Drain-o, are you sure......? I'd love to try that if it works
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    ya it works... I used it to remove the anodization off some bolts a friend gave me to mount some disc brakes... red and green mounting hardware looked really dumb on an all black bike...

    NaOH- sodium hydroxide (a strong base) is the chemical that does all the work and its the active ingredient in DRANO!!!... google it for directions...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DriveByBikeShooting
    ya it works... I used it to remove the anodization off some bolts a friend gave me to mount some disc brakes... red and green mounting hardware looked really dumb on an all black bike...

    NaOH- sodium hydroxide (a strong base) is the chemical that does all the work and its the active ingredient in DRANO!!!... google it for directions...
    I'm pretty sure hydrogen gas is created when you do this. So do it outside and don't smoke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BongoWIT
    I'm pretty sure hydrogen gas is created when you do this. So do it outside and don't smoke.
    nice first post... a person with bong in their name telling someone not to smoke...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DriveByBikeShooting
    nice first post... a person with bong in their name telling someone not to smoke...
    tobacco bong of course!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DriveByBikeShooting
    yo and if u wanna go all the way u can take that rear suspension linkage that is still brown and soak it in drain-o and the anodization will come right off... that is if its aluminum which im preddy sure it is...

    other wise it looks great...
    Isn't it magnesium?
    You better just go ahead and drop that seatpost down to the reflector... the trail gets pretty rough down there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Six Pack
    Isn't it magnesium?
    na, mine is alu, the mag ones came the year later
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    Looks good! Im planning the same for my Norco LT!
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    That looks, so, so much better. I think you did go a bit crazy with the rims and spring though

    I think the brown linkage looks good, mixes things up a bit.

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    That bike would look great with some grey camo rims....

    Oh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by honourablegeorge
    That bike would look great with some grey camo rims....

    Oh.
    It's kind of funny, I carried those wheels over from my last bike. It was the first and only set of wheel I built myself. I built them in 2007 and they are still dent free and straight as an arrow. Problem was, I got a "bro"deal on the bike and was forced to get that color. So, I didn't want the stock wheels which left me with an undesireable paint job + camo rims = messed up bike that ripped the DH. The camo rims were just the straw that broke the camels back, I'm so glad they were so nice underneath. It was cloudy the day I took the pics so you cant realy see how shiny they are.

    I just polished the brake levers to a mirror finish, now I just need the Chromag chrome OSX bar, then the bike will offically be the silver surfer
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    That looks awesome Demodude, nice job

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    Thanks kiwi, thanks everyone.
    Seeing as I probably can't afford a new bike in the future, this gave me the boost to keep railing the demo as is and now without paint. This bike has seen 2 Whistler trips, a few Bootleg Canyon outings and Santa Barbara thrashing and is still going strong!
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    Oven cleaner will take the anodizing off as well. Made a set of gold CR125 rims silver.

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