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Old 12-01-2012, 09:02 PM   #1
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So I just ripped off.. big time or did I?

Folks,

So I just put some serious cash down, bought a vance and hines exhaust, fuel pak, DDM hid Kit. I was going to take it to custom bike place. Well an associate of mine who is in the same veteran riding club, who is a MMI grad and former harley mechanic. Said, dude dont waste your cash, I will do it all for 300$. So I go to get the bike today and he says " i cant figure out who to do the HID mod, the exhaust is too difficult to put, because it requires extra drilling" Which of course I told him before hand. Think I was going to get my cash back, well at least part of it. Then he says, yeah man. You owe me another 100$!!!! So basically I paid this guy 400$ to have my original exhaust taken a apart and put back on my bike. So much for the riding brotherhood and all that jazz.
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:09 PM   #2
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Just remember that 1 for every 1000 that come out of any of those so called mechanic schools are mechanics. The one that dose was before he went in. I worked at a place that gave UTI or NASCAR Tech grads a chance. All I can say is a lot of parent wasted 30 grand.

As far as the dude who did your work I wouldnt pay him not to do a job. I mean a little for working on it, but not $400. Even Lux figured out how to work on his own bike and he has proclaimed he is not a wrench.
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:09 PM   #3
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Wow glad you used the term "Associate" and not "Friend".
I am an NYU drop out and took me 14 minutes to do the HID upgrade.

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Old 12-01-2012, 09:20 PM   #4
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i think the title of your thread should be

I just got ripped off
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:28 PM   #5
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Not only did he jack you around on the pricing, but I would think that now you can't trust him to actually do the work correctly.

i am incredibly lucky to have a 14 year master tech at my HD dealership who is meticulous with my bike both from a maintenance and mod perspective...

I am curious. V/H has several exhaust systems for the V-Rod that are very simple plug and play configurations..."extra drilling"????

good luck dude...
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:32 PM   #6
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Get your money back! The only thing you owe him is what you think he might deserve for his time, but he should expect nothing!
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:33 PM   #8
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Its funny to me how arrogant some people truly are, I have never taken on a job/project then screw it up and not finish it And then ask for more $$ then I originally asked for. I have done projects where I have lost money actually because of my screw up or my crew. Amazing to me "I realized I couldnt finish this job and you owe me more money" I do believe I would have told tis guy where to stick the Vance and Hines.
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Well funny thing. I thought this guy was a professional. So I wanted to do my part. Two days before I sent him "LUX" video that he has on vimeo " how to install the DDM kit". I also told him ahead of time, that the Vance and Hines exhaust is for 2008 VRSC, I have a 2006 R. He told me no issues, I can do the mod and make it happen.

Additioanlly I took his word, as he is a retired Army Ranger and I am active Army, i thought we had his whoel brotherhood thing going.

Guess not. Anyways I was going to give the guy $200 for his time and treat him to beer at the our local spot. But when he asked for the extra cash, I was beyond floored.
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:10 PM   #10
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Wow glad you used the term "Associate" and not "Friend".
I am an NYU drop out and took me 14 minutes to do the HID upgrade.

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I agree- FORMER Harley Mechanic!!! lol
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Why would you give him any money at all? He should have paid you for wasting your time.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:24 AM   #12
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Here are my "words of wisdom", "If you are not smarter than what your working on, don't work on it"!!!! That would apply to someone you might hire also!!
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Wow you got screwed
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:37 PM   #14
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Wow you got screwed
Redemption!! Got $ 200 back from him. Let him keep $ 200 for his time and original attempt.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:38 PM   #15
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Redemption!! Got $ 200 back from him. Let him keep $ 200 for his time and original attempt.
You owe me $400 for responding to your thread.
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