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Carb rebuilds are now on hold.

By John Evans, Sep 16 2016 06:28PM

I have reluctantly decided to put a hold on the carb rebuilds for the moment.


Partly due to the vastly increased costs to me of the Randakk Master kits (Absolutely no fault of Randakk. Blame leaving the EU process for dropping the £ down the toilet and the USPS for their increased shipping.)

But more than that. As time marches on and the carbs sets arriving for refurb are also getting older, they increasingly are taking more and more time to rebuild to a decent standard. Instead of an average of around 10 hours for a set of GL1000 carbs, it is now around 15 hours.


Again due to the aging and more and more to the fact that others have been delving into them, I find that they are needing many more new parts than before. Bent float pins, porous floats, chewed up drain plugs, broken plastic buttons etc; this can make a real big difference to the final cost..


There is a limit to what I can charge for a rebuild. None of my prices have been increased since I started this way back in 2010.

To make it more realistic, the basic clean and rebuild would need an increase of £50, taking a GL1000 set to £340.

So you tell me............Is that a figure that would put you off or am I still in the ball park?


13 comments
Sep 18 2016 07:38PM by James Harrington

John. I feel your pain. As a fellow restorer the decision to 'brexit' has massively increased costs of sourcing parts from the USA. Moreover, the relentless use of ethanol in modern fuels (and the longer bikes filled with ethanol in higher concentrations sit rotting internal fuel components) make our restorations increasingly more demanding. I think your proposal to raise your price for this service seems more than fair given these factors. And I was just about to place an order with you...

Sep 28 2016 03:08AM by John

James,
Thank you for the reply. I am thinking about it but I'm still not sure that I will continue wth the rebuilds. The 1100 and 1200 carbs are not so bad, as the material the bodies were cast in is much improved over the 1000s. These 1000 carbs are becoming a nightmare of rotten alloy. The amount of time and extra fixes to remedy this problem is in some cases becoming unmanageable.
Email me with what you need and I will look at it.
John

Oct 11 2016 08:14AM by Adrian Delmar

Hi John,
I think if your doing a descent job and charging a fair price people will always value and require your services, when we buy these old bikes we have a fair idea that they will need work carried out! I hope you continue to carry on with the service you offer. As I live in Ireland maybe if I purchased the Randakk carb kit and sent it to you with my carbs you would consider an overhaul for me??.
Please let me know what you think.
kindest regards
Adrian.

Oct 11 2016 09:42PM by John

Adrian,
Email me; admin@wingovations.com

Feb 8 2017 06:15PM by NIGEL PERKINS

i have 2 spare sets of carbs in reasonable condition ( no broken float posts etc ) woul you do a rebuild for £300 if i threw these in with the deal ?
thanks
nigel

Feb 9 2017 07:26AM by John

Nigel,
Email me; admin@wingovations.com

Feb 11 2017 10:50PM by John

I have to admit to some curiousity. As I am not about to discuss any arrangement, that I might or might not make, with an enquirer on this open Blog, I replied as above. Days pass and....no response.
I have made available many different ways to get in touch with me. Most are listed on the Contact or Get Help page. There are also buttons on most pages that will take you to that page, as well as the main button in the mnu at the top of all the pages.
I love to help people, but sometimes you also have to take some action to enable me to do that.

Feb 11 2017 10:51PM by John

I have to admit to some curiousity. As I am not about to discuss any arrangement, that I might or might not make, with an enquirer on this open Blog, I replied as above. Days pass and....no response.
I have made available many different ways to get in touch with me. Most are listed on the Contact or Get Help page. There are also buttons on most pages that will take you to that page, as well as the main button in the menu at the top of all the pages.
I love to help people, but sometimes you also have to take some action to enable me to do that.

Feb 11 2017 11:04PM by John

Well, it is starting to look like time is catching up with the GL1100 carbs too. Up to now, there have been much less of the common corrosion problems that I constantly find in the GL1000 carbs, but I have recently been sent a set that were, in all honest, simply not worth the rebuild time or costs. This set was apparently off a running bike! I'm amazed at that, as even the needles and needle seats were corroded- eaten away- such that heaven only knows what the mixture was like. Combined with rotting alloy in the float bowls and bodies, they were beyond redemption.
Fortunately for the owner, I had a good set on the shelf for him. But this makes my previous comments about performing miracles now relevant to the GL1100.

Mar 18 2017 01:36PM by Andy

I need my carbs rebuilding, they are in pretty good condition and the bike runs really quiet well. I would be happy to give you £340 for a complete strip and rebuild.
Maybe you could offer less of a service, maybe not all parts need replacing, maybe thats the way to go.

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