The best procedure for shipping motors we have found is through UPS. We recommend most single cylinder two stroke motors be shipped in 20 gallon Rubbermaid Rough Tote containers. Banshees and four stroke motors fit best in 22 gallon Rubbermaid Rough Totes. Rubbermaid Totes are available at Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Lowe’s type stores. They usually run less than $10.00.
You do not need to call us to let us know a motor is coming. We like to have you call us late the day we receive the motor or the following day. That way you know we received it and we can go over the details of what type of work you would like to have done. We will not call you when your motor arrives. We end up wasting too much time trying to find people that may be at work or whatever. We're here, so call us when you know we have it.
We recommend putting four layers of cardboard down. Put a layer of plywood or pine down next. Make sure the wood is much smaller than the bottom of the tote. You don’t want the wood to be against the plastic and cut the tote open. Then add four more layers of cardboard. Drop in the motor and pack alot of cardboard around the sides and top of the motor. We recommend that you zip tie a label with your name and address to the motor itself so that it would be returned in the event of UPS damage to the container. Make sure that all fluids are drained from the motor and carb (if carb is being shipped). Put the lid on the container. Drill 1/4" holes every 4 to 6 inches around the lid and use plastic zip ties to fasten it.
Insure your motor. UPS charges about $7.00 per $1,000.00 worth of insurance. So it’s cheap to insure. Some of the Happy Packy type shipping stores double the rate on the freight charge and the insurance charge, so you may find it best to take it to UPS or FedEx directly. We have had much better success on damage claims with UPS over FedEx. Listed below are values on what we think a used motor is worth. If you think your motor is worth more, you know what to do.
Honda TRX250R: $1,000.00
Honda TRX400EX: $1,500.00
Honda TRX450R: $2,500.00
Suzuki LT250R: $1,000.00
Suzuki LT500R: $2,000.00
Suzuki LTZ400/KXF400: $1,500.00
Suzuki LTR450: $3,500.00
Yamaha YFZ450/Raptor: $2,500.00
Yamaha Banshee: $1,500.00
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Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Please wash your quad before you pull the motor out. The dirt that builds up on the motor is hard on our parts cleaning system.
Step 1: Cardboard on bottom Step 2: Plywood, pine, or particleboard
Step 3: More cardboard on bottom Step 4: Set motor in and pack sides tight with cardboard
Step 5: Cardboard on top Step 6: Drill holes and zip tie lid on