What to look for?


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Treekiller
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What to look for?

Postby Treekiller » Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:52 am



Hi Folks,

Sorry if this has been asked a million times already, but I failed to find the answer in my search.
I am thinking of looking at a 2001 1800 that a dealer near me has for sale and wanted to get input on things to inspect while on site. What are known issues I should be aware of? Are there things that could be hidden that I should take extra time to investigate, like get on the ground and inspect the lower frame with a flashlight and mirror, etc.?

I know this is fairly open ended question and I apologize, but my only other wing was a 1981 and I never had any dealings with these newer wings, nor have I been interested in them enough before to read a lot of posts.

Thanks in advance



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cihilb
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Re: What to look for?

Postby cihilb » Tue Apr 19, 2016 4:34 pm



Check for cracks in the locations show. Also verify with the dealer that the crsoss member frame recall was done.

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Re: What to look for?

Postby cihilb » Tue Apr 19, 2016 4:35 pm

First, make sure the frame recall has been done. Dealer can verify that with the VIN number.
The second and really important one is to check the frame near the passenger footrests. You will have to pull the side covers and look at the frame where the gussets are and also from underneath. If the cracks are small they are very hard to see. Some have actually broken completely.

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Re: What to look for?

Postby Treekiller » Tue Apr 19, 2016 4:59 pm

Wow, didn't know the frame cracks we as bad as some of those pictures. That is scary stuff there, thanks so much for enlightening me!

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Re: What to look for?

Postby cihilb » Tue Apr 19, 2016 5:25 pm

Late 2004 models and up had a reinforced frame. Heavier gussets.

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Re: What to look for?

Postby Ghostman » Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:46 am


Heres a pic I found a couple of years ago on supposedly all of the areas that cracks were found.




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