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Old 01-27-2012, 05:04 PM   #1
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Question Why do people buy broke/bent frames with clean titles?

I just cracked the frame on my bike and I've been looking or a replacement and I can't seem to find one.
During my search I noticed a bunch of folks buying damaged and broken frames with clean titles. Why? it's not like you can re-weld them and straighten them out nor can you take the vin off and put it on another frame legally. What gives?

Also if anyone knows where I can get a frame for my 05-06 636 I'd highly appreciate it!
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:09 PM   #2
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1. Sell the frame for scrap.
2. Used said frame and put together a bike and list it as never been dropped.
3. Use VIN of title and restamp it on good frame etc.
4. More shady stuff.
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:30 PM   #3
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:43 PM   #4
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you sellin that frame???? i can make you an offer
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Old 01-27-2012, 06:13 PM   #5
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I probably wont sell this one but I do have a spare with no title you can have.
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:16 AM   #6
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I thought ( although I have no actual facts to support this) that if you were putting a custom from on your bike, in order to maintain the original VIN you cut the neck off the frame and sent it to the frame builder to verify the orignal frame was destroyed, at least a reputable shop would request such a thing.
Although yeah, my faith in humanity leans towards the more nefarious possibilties.
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:26 PM   #7
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Seems legit.

I'm considering having my frame rewelded and braced by a aluminum shop.
I had them look at it and it looks like they can do it no problem but it will cover the vin number up. I'm guessing I can get a reassigned vin for this?

Basically i'm trying not to get my bike taken if I ever get pulled over
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Old 01-28-2012, 07:29 PM   #8
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People retitle their bikes with clean vins because those bad frames may not have been reported as salvaged. You can weld all you want but It will eventually re crack. Ask me how I know. You wanna be doing 150 on a damaged frame?
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Old 01-28-2012, 10:25 PM   #9
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Good advise. Well forget a re-weld. This is really crazy. Never had this issue with the old steel framed bikes that weighed a ton! lol
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seems if you were actually going to build a new frame around the original neck it wouldn't be an issue, but yeah, don't think many people are actually doing that with the aluminum frames.
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Yes, re-welding your frame is a crazy idea. As for why people sale crack frames with clean titles, many don't report it to their insurance company. One, they didn't have full coverage, or a number of reasons. As for your frame issue, check with your DMV, to see if you purchased another frame, could you have it re-stamped, being that you can show proof of owning the bike. Good luck
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