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Hi All, Anybody have experience with onestopbikebits on eBay?

I need some costly trans parts. High gear & related bearings. Layshaft. Main shaft 4th gear.

His prices + shipping to USA is best I found. Response to negative feed back on eBay is "interesting". But 99.7 isn't too bad. Looks like all sellers are selling LF Harris trans parts??
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Not heard of any problems with them Don. I would be happy to buy and have bought some parts. The seller does seem to get upset about feedback and not sure what his anger issues are. Often this negative feedback is from misguided buyers. I received a poor feedback after selling a part for £6. The buyers feedback says he was expecting me to set it up. I only sold a small spare part. Expected me to drive 200 miles and fit it for £6. Some feedback is biased for some reason. You might also consider Montys as it is a husband and wife company and sends out fast. Ex mechanic for a Triumph racing team in Plymouth. Terry Hobbs. If buying from Montys, the man does know Triumphs very well. His new parts are generally Harris made.
 

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If you know exactly what you want to buy by part number and function, onestopbikebits are fine, as Paul actually says in his eBay spiel, he is not a technician or a mechanic. On Ebay, micksenior (Wilemans Motors) and britishbikedoctor (Hawkshaw Motorcycles) are knowledgable and cheap, there are others who have specialisations. Obviously,
I'm talking UK suppliers here, and Monty's are very good too. Horses for courses!
 

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Hi Don,

I've had quite a lot of small parts from him where I knew exactly what I wanted and could be fairly sure of what I was buying.

The only part I've had fail from him was an oil pressure switch which wept after 200 miles, but that's not an uncommon fault AIUI no matter from whom you buy.

I'd not go to him for advice on a part's application, but then he freely admits to not being an expert.

I'll continue to buy from him as and when, but if I'm buying critical parts then it's one of 4 or 5 others who seem to know their stuff - Mick's list plus LP Williams, TMS, TRICOR Andy, Tri-Supply - they all seem to be good.
 

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Tri-supply, Oliver Barnes, would know every part by number off the top of his head. About 25% more expensive than other suppliers. 5 miles from me. I use Ollie for small parts i need right away. He has a good stock and will not sell rubbish parts. He will get you the right parts first time though. Ollie is quite odd at times and sometimes asks you to take your shoes off before walking on the carpet. Quite a character.
 

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I only listed the eBay ones, Tricor also sell on eBay, but Andy is much more specialised. I know him well through autojumbles, and he does do some great stuff, I’ve lost count of the stainless tls brake linkages I’ve bought from him!
 

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I'd suggest not to use Tricor Andy outside the UK. He has a habit of putting an arbitrary amount on the package value (in my case it was more than double the order amount). This led to all kinds of palava with extra duties and fees etc.
No interest at all from him in sorting out the issue. I should just have refused it and had it sent back to him at his expense but being used to dealing with the great service from LPW I assumed he would sort out the error. Wrong! All I got from him was a big "bugger off". YMMV.
However inside the parcel it got even worse, this is what I found... Chrome all peeled off and paint a micron thick.... At least the filter inside was decent.


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Emmm Have a look at at this whole thread, and then decide? History
Based on that thread and his opinions of customers, i would not purchase anything from Andy now. Seems if you have a justified complaint of poor quality parts, he blames the customer then insults their abilities. There are characters in this business and i know quite a few by touring the UK shows and jumbles. Not too many of them would insult a customer that has received rubbish parts. Any supplier i recommend is based on personal talks with the owner. Hence, Tri-supply, Montys, i have been in the home of these two and they will not entertain duff goods. I did use Len Craig but he has retired and his son is still doing some supply under the ebay name, electrovectors. Bought from him 2 weeks ago with no problem and best price.
Never had any supplier call me names so the attitude of Andys own thread towards his customers is not just rumours.
 

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I have bought loads of stuff from Andy and it's been fine.
According to the "history" link he offered a full refund.
I've always found him knowledgable and good to deal with.
Nice to see stuff made in the uk.
 

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This thread started with onestopbikebits on eBay .
I have had eight orders from him sent to Norway.
OK every time.

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Hi Don,
Have you tried your local bearing suppliers for the bearings?
As long as you have the bearing numbers or the old ones for reference I have found they usually keep everything in stock, apart from the Torrington blind and open needle bearings which they have to order in, this takes a couple of days.
It is strange that you look to the UK for spares when there are good suppliers in the USA. It might be because there is a bigger Triumph racing heritage in the USA that there are so many upgraded and improved parts, I sometimes import from the USA for this reason, but it does get very expensive in carriage and border duties.
However, I expect you have been diligent in your research, as you usually are with everything you do on your bike.

I have bought several items from ‘onestopbikebits’ and never had a problem, on quality or delivery.

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Hi Peg, Most interesting the bearings are generally not stocked locally. The bearing houses often charge more than Triumph parts sellers when you add tax & shipping.

What I need now is 5th gear (pitted teeth), later bearing to fit 5th gear. Layshaft with the 2 gears. Mine has worn teeth & too much end play. My main shaft 4th has worn teeth.

My spare junker layshaft has worn bushings & partly worn teeth. It came in a box of "Triumph stuff".

Getting the gears from UK will save me about $300+ US dollars. I don't want used unless it's like new. Getting good used trans parts not easy. Worn parts that still will work, can be found, but I already have worn parts that still would work. I wanted to get fresh start on trans. 1,2,3 gears have practically no wear on teeth. I use 3rd a lot also, but maybe the speeds & forces on teeth are lower?? We ride the hills & canyons so much I might put more miles on bike in 4th than 5th. Roads are too steep or twisty to use high gear.

Thanks for the suggestions though. My cush hub has only about 4-5k miles on it. I'm thinking of swapping to polyurethane rubbers. Have they proven more durable than the black rubber for you?
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I have bought loads of stuff from Andy and it's been fine.
According to the "history" link he offered a full refund.
Dont want to hijack this thread, and I don't know the story of the orignal posters problems and refund etc, but in my case it was definitely a case of following "the letter of the law and not the spirit". Switzerland is weird in that any order below 50 pounds has no fees or duties, anything above has a significant fixed service charge and duties. The end result is you buy many small packages under 50, or if you have to because of a single expensive part, you do a big order of a few hundred pounds and the fixed fee is diluted out. (shipping form UK is quite reasonable and does not really figure in the equation).

So in my case for a order of 50 pounds, I had a fees and duty charge of 40 pounds. How would you feel?

The only option Andy gave me to remedy that "was a full refund", which would mean that I would have to spend another 20 pounds just to get it back to him, (total of 60 pounds in fees so far) to get back my 50 pounds, and no parts!....... Not really an option.

And the worst of it, he tried to put the blame on the post office for completing his customs declaration, and then he says international orders are not worth the bother....!

From me " Andy, I understand that you deny responsibility for writing the value on the package, however, that is an ancillary issue. I believe it is your responsibility to make sure it is correct both for yourself (or lead to fraud charges in case of under-declaring or declaring incorrect items) or your customers (costing them money in cases of over declaration or other errors). It is entirely reasonable for a customer to assume the shipper will ensure that correct information is displayed on the parcel for customs purposes."

His reply " as I said before I cant accept responsibility for every member of staff of the post office who decides to do whatever off their own back. if you wish to sue them for declaration that's up to you but we did our job either way.
its coming to a point that foreign sales are more trouble than they are worth with all the administration of vat etc and customs involved and I am seriously considering not selling outside of england for this reason as the paperwork takes more time than the money we make from it."


Sorry, Don , back to you 😉
 

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From me " Andy, I understand that you deny responsibility for writing the value on the package, however, that is an ancillary issue. I believe it is your responsibility to make sure it is correct both for yourself (or lead to fraud charges in case of under-declaring or declaring incorrect items) or your customers (costing them money in cases of over declaration or other errors). It is entirely reasonable for a customer to assume the shipper will ensure that correct information is displayed on the parcel for customs purposes."

His reply " as I said before I cant accept responsibility for every member of staff of the post office who decides to do whatever off their own back. if you wish to sue them for declaration that's up to you but we did our job either way.
its coming to a point that foreign sales are more trouble than they are worth with all the administration of vat etc and customs involved and I am seriously considering not selling outside of england for this reason as the paperwork takes more time than the money we make from it."
This is all true, and a factor when placing an overseas order, that you REALLY, REALLY, REALLY must be POSITIVE that the part(s) they are sending you are DEFINITELY, POLSITIVELY, ABSOLTELY the correct bits!! Secondary is the valuation declaration, that is a matter that has to be carefully considered "in case" something goes wrong.

I lean MUCH more on package insurance, which will cover me at a fraction of replacement cost. As long as you declare the actual value, you can INSURE a package for 10x the value without being subject to fraud; you just have to pay for the insurance, which is cheap.
 

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Hi All, Thanks much for the input. I'm 100% confident on the parts I need. This is from onestopbikebits eBay store. His normal web site is under construction so he says to use his eBay pages. Does eBay give protection if parts don't arrive? I don't know. I've always had parts arrive. If not as advertised I send them back. Just did that the other day on carb mounting kit. Photo didn't match parts sold. No problem, I contacted them, they sent return shipping label. If I ask for wrong part I loose!!

I'll look over some of the other sellers. The prices for the exact same part from USA sellers is all over the place. Some 75% higher than others. Still usually more costly than UK + shipping. No duties into USA for personal use under $2500.

I'll run some more numbers & see what I find, then make up my mind. It depends what Onestop charges for bundled shipping. I waiting to hear back from them. I've bought several Hyde clutches from Hyde. Never any taxes or problems. Of course I pay exchange fee for the purchase whether PayPal or Visa. Final cost depends on exchange rate at moment of payment.
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Don, if anything you buy gets lost in transit, the buyer has to refund you then he claims on the postal insurance. Your money is safe if paying by paypal. Refund also applies if the goods are faulty, damaged, wrongly described etc.
 

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Hi Don,
Do you mean if I order the parts from onestop on eBay?
He means anyone. Anyone sending valuable stuff by post and not insuring it is dumb.

Nevertheless, both Ebay and Paypal give you extra protection, in that they won't allow a seller to tit about for ages; e.g. I recently bought a Smiths tacho. from an Ebay seller, that didn't arrive. I had to wait 'til all the "Expected To Arrive" dates had passed (two(?) weeks from the order being placed) but I had a full refund within three days of raising the issue through Ebay's standard procedure.

Ebay also gave me an additional £10 credit, but they failed to tell me, I discovered the "message" after the credit had expired ...

Hth.

Regards,
 
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