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Old 04-17-2006, 10:52 AM
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I need an opinion here....

Hey guys, nice board.
I recently purchased an engine from a major race engine builder who I'll leave un-named. It was a high end 434 aluminum block at 520 hp for my Boss Hoss. Anyway, the whole sales experience was great until it came time for their part of the deal.

The engine was delivered late and I had driven 2200 miles to get it. I spent 7 extra nights in the hotel waiting. The engine cost me about $1000 extra to get running because of a missing flex plate and an MSD Ignition box and coil that wasn't included. They sent the wrong carb and charged me shipping both ways as well as a couple hundred to make up the difference. They charged me $250 extra for an aluminum oil pan and when I got it, it had a powder coated steel pan on it.

When I fired the engine up, over the course of a couple of weeks I had to repair 4 oil leaks. 4 pan bolts and an intake leak, major.

This engine was portrayed to me as a 'turnkey' engine and had been dyno'ed, supposedly. They didn't send a dyno sheet, startup instructions, what oil to use, nothing. Just an engine in a box with a folder full of stickers and aftermarket advertisements.

This engine was so badly out of tune that I had to drop 4 jet sizes and am still diddling with the carb to make it run as it was getting 10mpg, in a bike.

This engine cost me $15k plus.

Is this what to expect from a race builder??

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Old 04-17-2006, 11:14 AM
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I bought an engine in a crate once, too. Didn't have near the bad luck you did, but it was several months late, the block had been welded on where the starter bolts on, and the timing cover had to be resealed.

I would say I wouldn't buy another motor from wherever you got that sucker. Yikes. I'm sure they aren't all like that. I would have included the name if it was me. Don't want anyone else to fall victim to the same builder. Word of mouth hurts. Maybe they'll get the point.

I say if you want something done right, do it yourself. That's what I did this last time and it's worked out better me.

Good luck!
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With that kind of service and craftsmanship you should have just let them keep the damn thing. I don't understand why you kept it.
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The problem is that They're in New York and I'm in Alberta. I drove to a bike dealer in Lima Ohio and had them ship it to me there so I could broker everything across the border. I didn't find out all the problems until I got home.

They made me wait a week in Ohio and then wouldn't even overnight it when it was ready. When some businessmen get your money, the game changes big time.

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