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    My machinist called today and said my cylinders were ready. I asked him, "how much?" just so I brought enough cash with me when I picked them up. He said he had to make a spacer plate to be able to bolt them down and secure it to the mill, so "it was a little more expensive than normal". I said "ok, how much?" When he told me I nearly fell over! Has anyone here ever had cyls decked? How much did you pay? What does everyone think is a good aproximate price? Thanks.


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    Lowell charged me $35 ea to deck and mill the cylinders.

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    Always talk price first! I hope he treats u fair? setting up for a 1 time job is a process, thats why it's nice to find a shop that has all the jigs or is willing to write one off because of the future work

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    If memory serves me right, TJ charges $150 for a set of three.

    Is there a worry of chipping the nikisil when decking? Any difference if it is OEM or a replate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bill View Post
    Is there a worry of chipping the nikisil when decking? Any difference if it is OEM or a replate?
    This is a major concern when decking. If the amount of material is less than the depth of the chamfers you shoud be OK.

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    where in jersey are you?

    Most shops we use for small stuff are at least $100/hr. I would think a good machinist would take about an hour for setup, but making a plate sounds excessive. Next time, get a quote, or if they insist on hourly, get a written "not to exceed" price.

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    Prism we shared now it's your turn how bad was it? Vaseline or dry as a bone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by osidebill View Post
    Prism we shared now it's your turn how bad was it? Vaseline or dry as a bone?
    LMAO

    I was curious as to how much you got charged also, LMK!

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    I lost track of this thread, sorry for the delay. I got packed for $265!! That was to mill the top of three 1300 jugs .071"! This clown is wayyy to expensive. He does good work and is close by but damn! He had done some automotive work for me in the past and all was good. I remembered him saying he did alot of dirt bike and ATV stuff so I called and asked if he could deck waverunner jugs, he said sure no problem. Then he charges me to make a friggin spacer that he should have had in the first place! I didn't get the spacer either, he kept it! Boy, imagine if mechanics started charging customers for any tools needed to work on their new cars! I tried asking up front how much it was gonna be and all he said was he wasen't sure, he needed to see. WTF?! He's done in my book! BTW, I live in Hamburg, NJ. The shop I used was A-1 Crankshaft in Franklin NJ. (Addicted asked I believe)

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