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What a TERRIBLE week! First my clutch cable broke and stranded me. The bike shop had to order a clutch cable for me which was to take several days. Since my JERK auto mechanic had not returned my truck (after 3 weeks) I had no way to take it home so I had to borrow a van and trailer from a friend. I then took the gas tank and side panels to the paint shop and they were supposed to be painted by now, but have not yet. When I chose the paint color they said it would be several more days before the paint arrived, so here is ANOTHER delay. I then took the seat apart to take to the trim shop for re-covering and found that the entire seat pan was compromised with RUST. I had to shell out for another seat off Ebay because the forum was apparently down and I had intended to buy one off here. The one I bought is in GREAT shape, but I did not need the added expense. Oh well, I suppose that things can only get better...
 

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Sounds like the usual hurdles that cripple us at some time.



I had a seat off my brothers bike with a great cover but the pan was barely there. Then he threw a fit when I took the cover off the crap seat and took the rip cover off my seat and recovered it with his cover and gave it to him. He threw such a fit that now he won't have his seat and all this other crap.



And he doesn't even need it since I mounted a comfortable harley seat on his bike.



Some people.



Be patient. When things line up you will be happy as hell.
 

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What a TERRIBLE week! First my clutch cable broke and stranded me. The bike shop had to order a clutch cable for me which was to take several days. Since my JERK auto mechanic had not returned my truck (after 3 weeks) I had no way to take it home so I had to borrow a van and trailer from a friend. I then took the gas tank and side panels to the paint shop and they were supposed to be painted by now, but have not yet. When I chose the paint color they said it would be several more days before the paint arrived, so here is ANOTHER delay. I then took the seat apart to take to the trim shop for re-covering and found that the entire seat pan was compromised with RUST. I had to shell out for another seat off Ebay because the forum was apparently down and I had intended to buy one off here. The one I bought is in GREAT shape, but I did not need the added expense. Oh well, I suppose that things can only get better...


Hang in there. Hopefully it will all be worth the wait in the end. New Paint...I'm jealous.
 

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Appreciate the pep talks guys, I just feel as if I jumped the gun on this thing. Except for the broken clutch cable (which arrived and I installed today)I had a running bike. I have been putting off the painting and seat re-covering due to not wanting "down time" from the bike. But when the cable broke I figured that I could coordinate all these things and time them to be completed quickly and simutaneously. Now I have a disassembled bike and my parts are scattered all over the land. And to top it all off my truck is STILL in the shop (disassembled) and the mechanic has LIED and LIED to me about when it is to be completed. Here is the truck below:



 

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That's rough, sorry about your vehicular troubles.  On the upside, when they're both finished life will be twice as good!  How much is the tank and side panel paint job going to cost you?  I think after trying it myself this year (twice) it'd  be worth it if I could find a place to do it for a reasonable amount.
 

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The entire job including fixing the small dings in the tank, sanding, painting, and clear coating is $200. And not from MAACO either.
 

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The easiest way to eliminate downtime is by having spares. A spare tank will get you around town while the other is out. And you don't really need side panels to operate the bike. This is how I usually do my paint jobs or I wait till winter when I won't be using the bike but then I cant be excited to show it off when I'm done since the ground is white.



What's wrong with the truck besides the obvious?
 

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I had considered finding a spare tank and side panels (with which I could change the bike's color easily) but have not gotten around to it. Do you do this? Since I almost NEVER have to have the bike in such downtime I just did not get to it.
 

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ANOTHER bad luck time period! When I got this bike running again recently I had to buy a new battery. The stupid 3 year old speedo cable was BROKEN for some unknown reason even though the bike had not run in a year. I already told in another post of the bike stranding me out in the hot swamp after I got it running. Then the new MC started leaking which SUCKED (again, see related post). I installed the new one which is not working as well as it should yet (maybe bubbles. To top all of this off, today the clutch cable that I replaced 3 years ago (that is previously mentioned in this thread) BROKE as I was riding! These cables absolutely BITE!! When did they get to be so cheaply made?!?!?!
 
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