I don’t quite fit your precious little cage
I was able to make some more progress today. I got the grips and brakes off. The grips were on pretty good, but i remember putting them on. I read somewhere to use hairspray and it worked like a charm. I’ll do some more research to find out what is a better way of doing this once I start reassembly. But the hairspray was pretty good.
And to remove the grips, I kind of pulled up on the grip to separate it from the handlebar. I sprayed a little hairspray in there and then started working the grip around in a circular fashion. I repeated this process until I was able to start sliding the grip down the tube of the handlebar. Eventually that thing popped off and the brakes just slide down and off.
I unscrewed the bottom of the stem and took off the ‘bars. Then I tried figuring out how to get the stem off of the forks. I unscrewed a few nuts in the gyro but that did nothing. So, I found a post on BMXmuseum in the forums using the search tool. I searched “performer remove stem” and “performer forks” and found somebody suggesting to tap a block of wood to the underside of the stem to loosen it from the forks.
I took out a really long bolt from the middle of the stem, I think the forums were suggesting to leave that in during removal of the stem. I haven’t got it off yet, but you can be sure I’ll let you know when I do. The Picasa album is getting large.