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Old 12-26-2010, 03:56 PM   #1
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Cheap Welding/muffler shops

The other day I dropped by a muffler shop to see what they would charge to weld in two O2 bungs into my twin motor's header (to make tuning my carbs easier) and they guy wanted 50 bux!!! The last time I went to a muffler shop was about 8 yrs ago to put in a test pipe for my car and the whole job cost like $40. Later on, I got myself a mig and that took care of my welding needs. Since my mig welder is out of commission at the moment, I figured it won't cost more than 10 or 20 to get this simple job done outside. Am I just clueless about current rates or was that guy trying to make a quick couple bux? Any recommendations for good, low cost shops around Pearland/SWH?
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It Muffler in League City/SE has always been kind and generous to me on simple welding tasks The guys that work there are real nice too

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ill hook ya up.... 20 sounds good to me, do u have the holes drilled already and have the bungs or do u need the bungs and holes drilled?
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The other day I dropped by a muffler shop to see what they would charge to weld in two O2 bungs into my twin motor's header (to make tuning my carbs easier) and they guy wanted 50 bux!!! The last time I went to a muffler shop was about 8 yrs ago to put in a test pipe for my car and the whole job cost like $40. Later on, I got myself a mig and that took care of my welding needs. Since my mig welder is out of commission at the moment, I figured it won't cost more than 10 or 20 to get this simple job done outside. Am I just clueless about current rates or was that guy trying to make a quick couple bux? Any recommendations for good, low cost shops around Pearland/SWH?
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ill hook ya up.... 20 sounds good to me, do u have the holes drilled already and have the bungs or do u need the bungs and holes drilled?
Cool. Need holes drilled and bungs preferably with the shut-off nuts. Exhaust is out of the bike and sitting in the garage.

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last one i had done (O2 bung) was on Shepherd just north of i-10, south of the big bridge on the left hand side traveling north. He said to pay him what I thought it was worth. Gave him $10. He said the same thing when I needed the baffles rewelded on a dirtbike muffler. He said he also drinks miller or bud.

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Lonestar muffler off HW 35 inside the beltway. Ask for Eric......That dudes helped me out in more ways than I can count and hes right down the street from me. He ALWAYS charges me dirt cheap but I always throw him like 10 extra.....
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I'd bet Scooters comment was along the lines of people expecting people to work for free. I'd assume the muffler shops labor rate is at least $50, they are charging a minumum one hour labor. It's very common and reasonable. If not go buy your own
mig and do it yourself....

Or maybe he was just adding to his post count with a (.).

(I had to hold myself from typing the former when this thread started...)

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yeah, I was going to offer to do it, but he already has an offer I didnt see before I posted and also, jeez, he wants the shop to supply the bungs and also drill and weld them up and the quote he got didnt sound to bad, I mean shops do have overhead they have to cover.
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I mean shops do have overhead they have to cover.

You own your own bussiness, you must be wealthy.... right?

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yeah, I was going to offer to do it, but he already has an offer I didnt see before I posted and also, jeez, he wants the shop to supply the bungs and also drill and weld them up and the quote he got didnt sound to bad, I mean shops do have overhead they have to cover.
Mechanic here, I knew where you were going with it. I just wanted you to go with it. I agree I install belts free and many various items but sometimes it gets frustrating when one hour of labor is being haggled.
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Mechanic here, I knew where you were going with it. I just wanted you to go with it. I agree I install belts free and many various items but sometimes it gets frustrating when one hour of labor is being haggled.


i agree with that statement... i offered thinking it was already drilled and had the bung ready... i told him to get the bung and make sure he knows were it need to be installed at and then get with me
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i agree with that statement... i offered thinking it was already drilled and had the bung ready... i told him to get the bung and make sure he knows were it need to be installed at and then get with me
$20. and he wants you to provide the skilled labor, electricity to run the welder, and the drill motor, welding wire, sheild gas, sharp bit, and the bungs and caps too !
here the bungs are w/ no caps/plugs for $5.50 each + shipping
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$50 for 2 bungs + drill + weld = cheap
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$20. and he wants you to provide the skilled labor, electricity to run the welder, and the drill motor, welding wire, sheild gas, sharp bit, and the bungs and caps too !
here the bungs are w/ no caps/plugs for $5.50 each + shipping
http://www.bungking.com/osc/index.ph...2faad6f367e67b
Thats the problem with lots of scenarios business wise.Something might seem easy or cheap to the customer while the person actually doing it know's its a wayy different story.

Today I had the same thing happen to me regarding a footrest.This guy messages me right away about buying one.When he said he wanted to buy a similar one -but- it was too much at $55bux I knew were this was going.

http://i52.tinypic.com/9i7h9j.jpg

You want...
-full stainless steel construction
-atleast 4 hours of labor including bending,polishing AND tig welding

for under $55bux!?

Sorry but I got 6 dogs to feed.The design is basic yes but stainless steel is not cheap.The hydraulic bender to make them REALLY wasn't cheap.Polishing takes time and patience and tig welding isn't ez cheesy.

Long story short,nothing custom is cheap.

Sorry but I had to rant.
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Thats the problem with lots of scenarios business wise.Something might seem easy or cheap to the customer while the person actually doing it know's its a wayy different story.

Today I had the same thing happen to me regarding a footrest.This guy messages me right away about buying one.When he said he wanted to buy a similar one -but- it was too much at $55bux I knew were this was going.

http://i52.tinypic.com/9i7h9j.jpg

You want...
-full stainless steel construction
-atleast 4 hours of labor including bending,polishing AND tig welding

for under $55bux!?

Sorry but I got 6 dogs to feed.The design is basic yes but stainless steel is not cheap.The hydraulic bender to make them REALLY wasn't cheap.Polishing takes time and patience and tig welding isn't ez cheesy.

Long story short,nothing custom is cheap.

Sorry but I had to rant.
People really don't appreciate the time and effort it takes to making custom, even 1-off parts Where else is he planning on getting a foot rest for a ruckus?
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Thanks for the helpful hints, suggestions and offers to help. I ended fixing my mig and did the job myself in about 20 mins for ... i donno maybe $2 worth of wire from my spool and some o2 bungs i found in my misc parts bin.

Btw, I wasn't asking for handouts or free labor. $50 for something as simple as this isn't reasonable to me. Someone who owns a shop or makes a living doing this stuff WOULD however say it is reasonable because you have to justify what you charge. And I suppose if the end result is worth $50 for someone without the skills and/or equipment that is also a case where $50 isn't highway robbery for the simplest of welds.
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and thats why i offered my help, i only asked u to bring the bungs and know were u wanted it drilled/welded at.... i wasnt going to sweat it... i knew it only would take a short time to do,

i was agreeing with dd on how some people expect alot for nothing in this field.
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Thanks for the helpful hints, suggestions and offers to help. I ended fixing my mig and did the job myself in about 20 mins for ... i donno maybe $2 worth of wire from my spool and some o2 bungs i found in my misc parts bin.

Btw, I wasn't asking for handouts or free labor. $50 for something as simple as this isn't reasonable to me. Someone who owns a shop or makes a living doing this stuff WOULD however say it is reasonable because you have to justify what you charge. And I suppose if the end result is worth $50 for someone without the skills and/or equipment that is also a case where $50 isn't highway robbery for the simplest of welds.
Then why didn't you just fix it and do it yourself? If you have a decent Mig you know how much it cost, the gas costs, the wire, the pistol tips, the bungs, the time to do it and if it's a actual bussiness then you have liability insurance, taxes, and fees that have to be paid, the building it'self. Every single thing that goes out the door has to pay a portion of all of this.

$50 was cheap regaurdless of skill level....

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