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Old 08-15-2008, 08:38 AM   #106
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A couple of things:
'07 HD XL50 Sportster - my third Sporty, but I think the assembly line workers were watching the clock on a Friday afternoon. Leaky rocker boxes, disappearing engine mount bolts, passenger pegs wouldn't stay down. The EFI and rubber moutned engine made for a boring ride. Got rid of it with less than 2 riding seasons before the warranty ran out.

Engagement ring - my ex wears that juicy 1 carat diamod on a necklace now. Every time I see her I ask for it back, but she won't give it to me. It's like she's wearing a mototrcycle around her neck.
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:45 PM   #107
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Bass Pro Shops Extreme Boat Bag - $20. This thing leaks if a mosquito urinates on it.

Those expensive fill your ears with rubber earphones you buy at the big bike shows. One side stopped working on the second trip I used them and she wants $100 to repair them.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:12 PM   #108
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2001 Harley Davidson Softtail Deuce. Looks nice, but it's a rolling POS. Yesterday's $4600 service bill has something to do with that.
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Old 01-30-2009, 04:43 AM   #109
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Hawkeoiler

Years later the bloody thing still hasn't arrived... .
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Old 01-30-2009, 08:39 AM   #110
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Old 01-30-2009, 09:23 AM   #111
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the ipod connectivitiy option in my car, broke in less than a year and they wanted $90 just to look at it not covered under warranty
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Old 01-30-2009, 09:28 AM   #112
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kinda funny to see all these people saying that harbor frieght stuff is so much crap. granted there are much better stuff out there. I work at a CAT dealorship as a mechanic, i have quite a few HF sockets and wrenches. i use all my sockets with my IR titanium (1000ft/lb revers torque) impact's and no problems. i've been useing them for a year + now and all of them are still working great. then again i might have just REALLY lucked out. they were nice tools to get started, but now these things just won't brake (knock on wood).
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Old 01-30-2009, 10:05 AM   #113
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My 1972 For Torino Station wagon! What a POS! It rusted out from underneath me from the inside out! Found out later that Ford decided they'd experiment with not priming the steel before painting the exterior finish. Apparently was a class-action suit about this.
Also had no zerk fittings as it was "greased for life". Started squeeking at about 10,000 miles! I put my own grease fittings into the areas that had been drilled/tapped and fited with plugs!
It was 28 years before I bought another Ford. I can hold a grudge!
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Old 01-30-2009, 11:55 AM   #114
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Alpinestars Roam Boots. During their second season the seams ruptured which rendered them vented, instead of waterproof. I'm glad I didn't pay anywhere near full price for those holy boots.
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Old 01-30-2009, 12:24 PM   #115
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Harbor Freight

+1 not understanding the strong negative opinions regarding Harbor Freight stuff. In my experience their products range from average down to extremely cheap and nasty. However, the cheap and nasty stuff is usually easy to identify, priced accordingly and, depending upon your application, might work just fine (if you're expecting much more then you can hardly blame the cheap tools for your lack of good judgement).

I have had perfectly acceptable service from HF sockets, wrenches, torque wrenches, screwdrivers, hot-air gun, tire inflaters and various other bits and pieces, most recently a small ultrasonic cleaner, on sale for $20, which works wonders to clean up small engine parts. Numerous friends and family members have HF $2.99 DVMs, all of which seem to be performing just fine. The only thing I ever bought from them that didn't live up to my (appropriately low) expectations was an air impact wrench that produced so little torque I could prevent it from turning with my hand. It was cheap so I wasn't too surprised and when I took it back, I received a full refund so I wasn't too dissatisfied.

Things that really disappoint and frustrate me are the expensive tools and other items that fail to work as advertised or otherwise don't meet expectations.
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Old 01-30-2009, 01:32 PM   #116
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Originally Posted by Navy CWO
My 1972 For Torino Station wagon! What a POS! It rusted out from underneath me from the inside out! Found out later that Ford decided they'd experiment with not priming the steel before painting the exterior finish. Apparently was a class-action suit about this.
Also had no zerk fittings as it was "greased for life". Started squeeking at about 10,000 miles! I put my own grease fittings into the areas that had been drilled/tapped and fited with plugs!
It was 28 years before I bought another Ford. I can hold a grudge!
I had almost forgotten but back then I had a 1970 Ford Torino Cobra 429SCJ w/ the toploader and a Holley 800 double-pumper that would go over 100mph in 2nd gear but the brakes were ultra-POS so that made for a nice combination...
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Old 01-30-2009, 01:58 PM   #117
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+1 not understanding the strong negative opinions regarding Harbor Freight stuff. In my experience their products range from average down to extremely cheap and nasty. However, the cheap and nasty stuff is usually easy to identify, priced accordingly and, depending upon your application, might work just fine (if you're expecting much more then you can hardly blame the cheap tools for your lack of good judgement).

I have had perfectly acceptable service from HF sockets, wrenches, torque wrenches, screwdrivers, hot-air gun, tire inflaters and various other bits and pieces, most recently a small ultrasonic cleaner, on sale for $20, which works wonders to clean up small engine parts. Numerous friends and family members have HF $2.99 DVMs, all of which seem to be performing just fine. The only thing I ever bought from them that didn't live up to my (appropriately low) expectations was an air impact wrench that produced so little torque I could prevent it from turning with my hand. It was cheap so I wasn't too surprised and when I took it back, I received a full refund so I wasn't too dissatisfied.

Things that really disappoint and frustrate me are the expensive tools and other items that fail to work as advertised or otherwise don't meet expectations.
+1

Not to mention, the best utility of HF tools is that you can buy a limited use, specialty tool there for a fraction of what you could elsewhere - and given that it's something you use very seldom it would be lunacy to stock your entire garage full of Snap-On stuff that never gets used.

I've bought very few things there that left me sorry I did, and like you said the apparent quality translates. If I thought it was a gamble, it ended up being true. If it looked like a reasonably good tool, it surpassed my expectations.

Back on topic: Worst POS I ever bought as far as equipment goes was a Sears riding lawnmower a few years back, their "top of the line". What a total piece of crap. Wouldn't run, wouldn't charge. Fixed over and over for engine, starter, pulleys, gears, belts, I used it very lightly in the first 2 months and was so utterly pissed at its almost comical failures that I took it back and demanded a refund...which to their credit Sears issued.

I was so disgusted I went out and bought a Ferris IS1500Z zero-turn mower for $6000 instead....which has been flawless.
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Old 01-30-2009, 03:09 PM   #118
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Worst $11.20 I ever spent. It leaked all over my trunk... Smelled for weeks.


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Old 01-30-2009, 03:20 PM   #119
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2001 Harley Davidson Softtail Deuce. Looks nice, but it's a rolling POS. Yesterday's $4600 service bill has something to do with that.

I hope that's a typo...
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Old 01-30-2009, 04:13 PM   #120
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