sold out of kits

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  1. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

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    Well, I've sold the last of those good kits I bought. Looking around, I see sellers that I used to deal with are out of the kit sales now too (but some are dumping parts cheap).

    Beginning to wonder if I'll find any kits among the no-name ebayers that are worth bothering with. I really don't need any more of the 60 miles run in before it will go up a hill motors, and straight-cut muffler flanges that pull studs out of cylinder, or tensioners that don't lock so that 2 hands and a tool thru spokes are needed to adjust them, or carbs with wrong jets that need replacing from day one.

    Worst part is that with no kits, I have no motors to sell as cheap replacements on which I can make up the diff in price when I sell all the rest of kit as repair parts : (

    Anyone else stuck in finding good kits?
     
  2. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

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    heard from contact that knows the factory where I got the last really good kits - they no longer make them

    checked some sellers I used before on ebay - they no longer sell kits (even rose326 who sold a lot of them over the years)

    I may be back to just doing repairs with no kits for sale.
     
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    US Customs is working on that for ya

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    What is that all about ^?
     
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    crassius Well-Known Member

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    These motors have always had EPA approval as utility motors only, and the sticker for them says; "Not for road use." Some do not even have an EPA sticker and can be stopped at the port by US Customs cops.
     
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    That is customs bragging about all of the stuff they confiscated in Q3 2015.

    It is also an announcement about what they are actively looking for in import shipments.

    About that time, engines began to come in as parts, with the cylinder & piston in a separate box. "Boy screws buyer Fast" "Rose something" etc. suddenly had only parts etc.

    Customs is squeezing all of the shady importers.
     
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    starting to get answers in from sellers, but all so far are chinese business guys that buy boxes that they are told contain some kind of kit - they never even open boxes to see exactly what is inside : (
     
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    That's how it is on ebay. Your just going to have to take a look and gamble on somebody new.
     
  9. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

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    no progress so far

    did some thinking about these tho and am thinking that most ebay guys are just drop-shippers for some folks that got a bunch o' these thru customs and have all the parts in storage somewhere in US

    ebay guy sells a kit & storage guy throws parts in a box and ships it

    hoping to find a way to contact a storage guy and maybe end up with great kits
     
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    How many kits did you buy at a time from your last supplier ?
     
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    Just curious how many kits did you buy at a time?
     
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    crassius Well-Known Member

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    usually bought 10 every month or 6 weeks - bought 30 last time tho since he was running out of them

    for about a third of the kits, I just sold the motor as a replacement for a dead one and put other kit parts on shelf for individual part sales (saves many hours a month in parts ordering)
     
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    crassius Well-Known Member

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    got only a couple responses for ebay sellers - none with any info except "kits are as described' from sites with 15 kits for sale at diff prices and all with same description

    seriously thinking of no longer having kits or motors on hand
     
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    It kind of depends on how much space you have.
    Now that my sister-in-law has moved back to Alaska and my Son has his own place my shop takes up 1/2 of out 1800sf house ;-}
     
  17. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

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    I bought 30 kits last time, and could make room for maybe 50, but can not get any info about them and don't want to go thru ordering 5 or 6 kits from diff places and have a lot of them so bad I can't sell them

    hills are steep here and riding each one for 60 or 70 miles hoping it will run in enough someday to get up a hill is just getting to be too much at my age - not counting time & money lost taking one of those weak motors apart and putting some parts on shelf as used, while tossing cases and barrels into recycle for aluminum scrap
     
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    Ya, I get e-mails from all them all like woodpecker, ~$80 a kit if you buy a bunch. I have no desire to sell ****.
    I just set all their e-mail to go to Spam.

    Like you I do buy a few good kits when they are sale, no such thing as too many spare parts, well, within reason, for example I just threw away ~25 sets of stock grips.

    It sounds like shifters would sale in your area.
    I suggest you try that angle.
     
  19. crassius

    crassius Well-Known Member

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    a big problem here is that if I start with a $189 schwinn majestic or huffy fresno and do all the work to remount fenders solidly and lower chain guard to get motor way down and custom wiring with CDI under motor - it takes me 6 to 8 months to get $550 for it as most bikes here go for $299 - $350

    shift kits are out of the question entirely

    got a crapload of left grips here, but folks seem to want to push throttle closed so hard that they trash the throttle grip all the time - always ordering more of those
     
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    crassius Well-Known Member

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    making some progress on getting kits - have a china dealer that wanted me to do shipping & customs & EPA myself at a good price, but I didn't want to deal with all that

    seems they have some already in US at a bit higher price, so now I just need to get the specs & parts changed in their standard kit to suit my needs (they may not have all the types of parts I want tho, so not sure if I want to just get motors and make my own kits or not) - seems the folks at their company that do sales have no idea about the diff parts in their diff kits

    if I have to "order from the menu", I may end up with crap parts that I cannot sell in good conscience at any price
     

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