Restored 1998 Haro Group1 Zi rider survivor

Refound in Taree on the New South Wales north coast, Australia in November 2014. I had a glimpse of this bike on eBay and wanted to have a crack at restoring it.


The mid 90’s Haro Group 1 BMX frame with its distinct upturned top tube is unique to this bike. The Group 1 Ti is a full chromoly CR-MO frame and this one had an original red over chrome paint job. This bike was in a good state for a simple restoration, I wanted to keep the original finish on the frame and parts and not interfere with the survivor look. After a Citric bath the frame came up awesome. The red still had a wonderful brightness to the colour and all it needed was to be polished.   The black Haro race style bars were in need of attention with a fair bit of surface rust, so they were sanded back and resprayed. The seat post, seat clamp and head stem were faded and also in need of a respray, however I wanted to ensure I kept the original logos in their survivor state. On the seat post and seat post clamp I masked out the Fusion logos and resprayed the parts. I then used polish to blend the edges of the old and newly painted surfaces around the logos. They came up great. Unfortunately the head stem was too far gone and the original Fusion BMX logo was badly scratched, so I decided to respray the head stem and create a new Fusion sticker.

The original 20″ Araya rims and Haro branded hubs were de-laced, cleaned and re-built. They had a couple of small flat spots but truing them again I managed to get the worst spots out.

To finish this survivor rider Haro Group 1 Ti BMX I needed to clean and polish the brakes install a new cables, seat, new AME grips and kenda semi-slick tyres. Job done. Thanks for reading.

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