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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 02-21-2018, 05:44 AM Thread Starter
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VN750 Shop Repair estimate?

Hey all, so I just took my 97 Vulcan into the shop, and got it estimated at 917 USD to get it running, among other small details. Is this a fair price for what it's going through? I need to cut some costs as I'm poor lately, and 917 will probably break my bank.. I only have 1130 or so to my name, so.
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The invoice you added doesnít seem to pull up well atleast on my iPhone but I found away around it. As far as if itís fair. Hard to say yet because it depends on if they find more problems in the carbs or elsewhere. Why are the lining the tank? Is it something you asked for or is there actual damage to it? I donít often use repair shops so Iím not a wealth of info on all this
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Don't see any invoice. So don't know what that price is for. You

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Based on the numbers 917 and 1130 alone, my advice is, don't do it.

You could still end up with a bike that doesn't run, and you'll be broke also.

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They're lining the tank because it has some rust issues I couldn't solve on my own, even with the advice on here and other forums. I managed to knock down a few things like the rear assembly and RR on the switch, since I know I won't be needing that. I got it down to about 780, which is more reasonable in my eyes. I just really hope they can make it run and I'm not broke AND out a working vehicle.

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Unless I had a deep emotional attachment to the bike (like making my first kid with the misses bent over it), no way would I pay $917 (which is just an estimate, frequently winds up more than that as they tear into it and discover more). Routinely see lower mileage, well kept, excellent running condition VN750's anywhere from $1000-2000. Personally it it were me I'd keep your existing VN750 as a parts bike and take the $1100 and go buy another. Speaking of which, I "think" Shark88 is still selling his (2005 excellent condition with some extra's) for $1300 in central PA? Check it out here...

https://www.vn750.com/forum/17-sell-s...till-sale.html

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Managed to get the price lowered, to a point that it's a little more manageable. I just have to get this HVAC job now, else I'm totally screwed on rent.

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The PO had my bike's tank lined by the dealership (Kreem?) just before I bought it because they told him it needed it. Within a few months, the liner was coming loose with rust under it. I removed the liner and removed the rust with The Works toilet bowl cleaner. Took two bottles at around $1.50 each to get all the rust. No holes and the inside is shiny bright. Just do an internet search on The Works for how it's done. I did a write up here years ago, but not sure where it is.

You also might want to consider Caswell epoxy tank sealer: Gas Tank Sealer - Caswell Inc It actually adheres better to rust and the tank won't ever rust again. If the tank has pinholes, just tape over them before using the Caswell.
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The PO had my bike's tank lined by the dealership (Kreem?) just before I bought it because they told him it needed it. Within a few months, the liner was coming loose with rust under it. I removed the liner and removed the rust with The Works toilet bowl cleaner. Took two bottles at around $1.50 each to get all the rust. No holes and the inside is shiny bright. Just do an internet search on The Works for how it's done. I did a write up here years ago, but not sure where it is.

You also might want to consider Caswell epoxy tank sealer: Gas Tank Sealer - Caswell Inc It actually adheres better to rust and the tank won't ever rust again. If the tank has pinholes, just tape over them before using the Caswell.
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Doing well, thanks.

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