Seriously... Why Randakk? vs anything else?


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Seriously... Why Randakk? vs anything else?

Postby joshuapfitzpatrick » Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:20 pm



Now I'm on a budget and that plays a large factor in this decision.
I can get one of these with lots of parts...
http://www.partsnmore.com/parts/honda/gl1000/?filters[category]=carb&filters[fitting]=custom&filters[year]=1976

Or I can get Randakk's...
http://www.randakks.com/Carb%20Parts.htm#9

And please please PLEASE! Can someone explain to me the reason it's the best without simply saying "Because it's the best".
It's very hard for me to swallow 143 dollars especially if I may need to get other parts. So here are my questions...
Is there a possibility I may need other parts even after buying the Randakk set? And if so what parts?
Same question but for the economy set.
I took one carburetor apart already and the jets are gummed up but salvageable.
Again any help will be much appreciated.



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Re: Seriously... Why Randakk? vs anything else?

Postby cbx4evr » Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:17 am

I'm not in your situation - yet. I have a 75 Wing that needs some work and will likely need carb parts.

For me I will likely buy from Randaak's because I know that what I will be a quality product specific to the bike. Along with that you get expert advice. Buying carb kits that are unknown are a risk. Nothing worse then doing a carb job, getting them back into the bike only to find that they leak or whatever. Just not worth the aggravation for the money you may save. To me there are times to save and times to spend. I hate doing things twice unnecessarily.
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Re: Seriously... Why Randakk? vs anything else?

Postby dan hefta » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:28 pm

I paid $40 or so for Randakk's carb rebuild guide and wish I hadn't... Wasn't much help in my opinion, actually felt like I got ripped off.

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Re: Seriously... Why Randakk? vs anything else?

Postby Fred Camper » Mon Jul 09, 2012 6:43 pm

Here are some of the reasons why;

http://www.ngwclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=37139&hilit=rebuild+comparison

http://www.ngwclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=41689&hilit=Randakk+carb+rebuild&start=15

high level summary;


Note in the body of the string, it mentions that the brass parts from the other kits was junk, and you are better off reusing your OEM Honda parts or buying new OEM Honda. So getting brass parts in a kit appears meaningless.

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Re: Seriously... Why Randakk? vs anything else?

Postby Old Fogey » Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:46 pm

I rebuild carbs for the old models for customers and use Randakk's kits exclusively for the following reasons:
I know for an absolute fact that I am not going to have a sealing problem come back to me.
His latest kits are manufactured in Viton, so the dreaded corn will not affect them.
The OEM brass parts are very rarely damaged or worn even after all this time.

I sometimes use aftermarket kits for the hardware like the synchronizing screws as they can be hard to get from Honda.
ALWAYS, always use OEM Honda float needles and seats if you need to replace them. Pricey yes, but a leaking float valve can ruin an engine.
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Re: Seriously... Why Randakk? vs anything else?

Postby joshuapfitzpatrick » Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:17 pm

Okay I broke down and bought the Randakk set. It's being shipped priority with no extra charge and the order was processed within 24 hours. I will update this post after I rebuild the carbs.

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Re: Seriously... Why Randakk? vs anything else?

Postby cbx4evr » Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:31 pm

joshuapfitzpatrick wrote:Okay I broke down and bought the Randakk set. It's being shipped priority with no extra charge and the order was processed within 24 hours. I will update this post after I rebuild the carbs.



How did that carb rebuild go?
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Re: Seriously... Why Randakk? vs anything else?

Postby Ken Hall » Sun Jul 24, 2016 6:31 pm

How did the kit work? I am trying to decide what to do for my 1200 GL. any advice would be helpful.

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Re: Seriously... Why Randakk? vs anything else?

Postby redbug » Sun Jul 24, 2016 8:12 pm

Well his last post was July 11, 2012....we are still waiting...or did I read that wrong?
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Re: Seriously... Why Randakk? vs anything else?

Postby Old Fogey » Sun Jul 24, 2016 8:33 pm

Ken Hall wrote:How did the kit work? I am trying to decide what to do for my 1200 GL. any advice would be helpful.


If you have read all the preceeding info, I don't know why you are prevaricating. Just do it, but do it quickly as Randakk is shutting on the 28th for 6 weeks.
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Re: Seriously... Why Randakk? vs anything else?

Postby RFRodd » Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:00 pm

Did you mean procrastinating?

I can get a used GL1000 set of carbs for $75 including shipping. Is that a good deal?

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Re: Seriously... Why Randakk? vs anything else?

Postby Old Fogey » Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:58 pm

RFRodd wrote:Did you mean procrastinating?

I can get a used GL1000 set of carbs for $75 including shipping. Is that a good deal?


Maybe, maybe not. All depends on the condition of them. Cheap for a good set off a running bike; expensive for a set that has lain in someones damp shed for 20 years wth fuel still in the float bowls.
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Re: Seriously... Why Randakk? vs anything else?

Postby dingdong » Thu Aug 25, 2016 7:23 am

That is a good price even for a rebuildable set. Worse case scenario is a set that has set outside with water in the bowls. Castings will be corroded beyond repair. Next worse case is a set that some one has attempted to repair who didn't know what they were doing. Parts mixed up and threads stripped out. Ask for pics and ask lots of questions.


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