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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 05-05-2016, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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I recently was looking under my new bike and noticed that the same person that used blue plumbers gaff to seal up the crankcase after replacing the stator also CUT THE FRAME to replace the stator. The worst part about all this is what's left of their welding job. I can see sunlight through half the diameter of the tubing that is barely welded together.

The cuts are in similar locations as the subframe connections on the right side of the bike.

SO... should I just wait and do a better job myself this winter? Should I continue riding this machine for the season? I'm guessing not. And since I've put as much money in as I spent on this bike a few months ago to get it running and functioning... I don't really want to get rid of it. It's not worth much with this $%^&* weld job that is somehow holding it together... still.
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post #2 of 35 (permalink) Old 05-05-2016, 11:28 PM
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caveat emptor......


Folks have cut the frame before to deal with the stator. But that's he worst weld job I've seen in a while...

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DO NOT RIDE UNTIL YOU GET IT FIXED.I am talking from expiriance. Trust me on this as I rode one with rust damage in that whole area.you will have frame flex .it will wobble over tar snakes and concrete highway expansion joints.mine laid me down in an uncontrollable headshake in a left hand corner at about fourth.trust me on this.pavement and bodies are not meant to meat.
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Do what I did and transfer everything to a new frame with good title.its not hard

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Be glad that you saw it now rather than having it let go at 70 MPH!!!!! I wonder if your state has a law preventing people from knowingly selling something of that nature without full disclosure. For that matter, I wonder if MY state has a law like that. I am sorry that you have that situation but happy that you found it before total failure time.

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Be glad that you saw it now rather than having it let go at 70 MPH!!!!! I wonder if your state has a law preventing people from knowingly selling something of that nature without full disclosure. For that matter, I wonder if MY state has a law like that. I am sorry that you have that situation but happy that you found it before total failure time.
Hell know that feeling.I could move my kickstand with my bare hands.lol

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You are lucky to have spotted that bodge welding job before the inevitable happened and you had an "off".

Definitely don't be riding the bike until you have that repaired or as Doc said, do a frame change.

Unfortunately there are lots of unscrupulous sellers and even more idiots, that should never be allowed anywhere near a motorcycle with a tool kit!

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DO NOT RIDE UNTIL YOU GET IT FIXED.I am talking from expiriance. Trust me on this as I rode one with rust damage in that whole area.you will have frame flex .it will wobble over tar snakes and concrete highway expansion joints.mine laid me down in an uncontrollable headshake in a left hand corner at about fourth.trust me on this.pavement and bodies are not meant to meat.
Yep, a loose frame is like riding with no air in the shocks. Take a corner like that once and you'll keep a hand pump with ya.......

My upper support bolts were rattling behind the right ear when I got my 05 and I rode for 2 days trying to find the rattle and thinking damn this thing isnt very rigid.


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I'm surprised there's no duct tape on it.

With that kind of shoddy work, maybe you should do a through scan of the bike to make sure that the PO didn't do any other modifications. And with any modifications that you do find its probably best to redo them to confirm that it's done right.
Maybe we should all do a through analysis of our bikes. You can't put your safety in the hands of others.

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