88 FLHTC - for what it's worth

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by shaker, May 24, 2011.

  1. shaker

    shaker Active Member

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    I have some research to do on this, but I thought I'd toss this out there. I'm not a mechanic, so while I'll do routine maintenance, I'm not one to tear down a bike and rebuild it. I'm getting rid of my 88 ElectraGlide and would like some opinions on what it might be worth. It runs, but needs an engine rebuild - I've gotten this from both an HD shop and a Indy mechanic. I have replaced the carb with an S&S, new starter, tires, etc. It's been dropped once (not by me), so there's some minor scrapes on the fairing and saddlebag. I've put some miles on it - it runs true, but just needs work. What I'm looking for is that happy medium - where we both walk away feeling okay about the deal. I have the title - VINs are fine. Location is Wisconsin. Mileage is 80K. I work with the original owner, but that was several buyers ago - he took good care of it while he owed it, but questionable after that. Thanks for your thoughts.
     
  2. Bodeen

    Bodeen Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    I would get a reman. engine from HD's engine program and keep riding it if it were me. Otherwise I am not sure you will get to much out of it. Try NADA and see what it says as a baseline.

    Bodeen
     
  3. ckhismine

    ckhismine Active Member

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    Look at it two ways 20K for a new one or spend X amount to put in a new engine either way you have to decide how much your budget can handle. I would opt for riding it until it breaks or the wheel turn square.
     
  4. Rubyred

    Rubyred Senior Member

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    I'd keep it and if you want buy another! Also you can go to KBB Motorcycle to get a price of what it is worth.
     
  5. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    BOBFLHTC Active Member

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    IMO the real value is street value. What are they going for. I see mid 90's going for $7500. Check oodle.com and claz.org for FLHTC and of course Ebay. Best of luck - Bob
     
  7. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Trade bait at the dealer for a new bike?:s
     
  8. shaker

    shaker Active Member

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    Thanks for the replies - I thought about throwing more money at it to keep it on the road, but since I have the RK, I'd rather put my money there or on a new one. NADA was a good suggestion. Thanks again.