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    I found it a 3 beer repair from start to finish.

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    As long as it doesnt look like a 6 beer repair. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by 34nineteen View Post
    Nicely done.

    Would you consider this kit as manageable for someone to install in their average garage with average tools? I know Dave offers a service to install the kit for you, which is probably the route I would go.
    I wouldn't myself, but I've spent too many years as a machinist and look at stuff through that lens. I tend to get too tied up in the details. I also have a low skill level with a hand grinder and files.

    I will say that I wouldn't do the machine work on someone else's bike for what Dave charges, especially considering the risk of damaging a primary cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boaski View Post
    I wouldn't myself, but I've spent too many years as a machinist and look at stuff through that lens. I tend to get too tied up in the details. I also have a low skill level with a hand grinder and files.

    I will say that I wouldn't do the machine work on someone else's bike for what Dave charges, especially considering the risk of damaging a primary cover.
    I just happened to reread my response. The last line wasn't meant as a dig, my intention is to say you're getting a good deal if you have him do the work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boaski View Post
    I just happened to reread my response. The last line wasn't meant as a dig, my intention is to say you're getting a good deal if you have him do the work.
    I was picking up what you were putting down.

    I'm catching what you're throwing.

    I'm reading what you're writing.

    I'm smelling what you're cooking.

    I'm hitting what you're pitching.

    I'm cashing what you're checking.

    I'm rocking what you're rolling.

    I'm itching what you're scratching.


    ok, I'll stop.


    I do agree, its not cheap, but a small price for a job done right.

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    If you have basic mech skills, a good angle die grinder and a dial caliper you should be fine. If you struggle with basic maintenance then you should pass on the repair.

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    After 43000 mi. my '04 XB12S primary cover gave up. Neutral was becoming more and more difficult to find, and when I started having to hold the brake at stops, I knew exactly what was going on. I messaged Dave Flack at DMF Machining, and also of course, of this forum.
    I sent him my cover, he got it on a Friday, had it fixed Saturday morning and shipped it back, postage paid. The quality of his work and attention to detail, from the beautiful engraving and machine-tooled finish of the plate itself, to the careful packing for return shipment are truly impressive. I'm extremely pleased, and my Buell is shifting better than it has for a while. The cost, at $160 is about half that of a new cover - and the possibility of another failure down the road.

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    Thats awesome! Glad to hear he is still TCOB

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    Bought the kit and did the replacement several years ago after similar problems. One of the best, most professionally made, and well laid out instructions of any repair, mod, or upgrade I have done to my 04 XB12S. Great to see Dave is still doing this and helping keep our beloved OG Buells on the road.



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