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Offline gijoe13844

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88 Rebel 450 Steal
« on: Nov 26, 2012, 13:55:12 »
"Stole" this running 88 Rebel 450 Twin over the weekend for 125 bucks. I think its an 88 atleast. Didnt even have time to check vin this weekend just took a chance.




Needs some small rust removal, a bit of fender paint, seat upholster, and a carb rebuild. Any ideas what i can reasonably expect to get for it if i chose to just get it running smooth, clean it cosmetically and flip it? I was thinking 800-1000 but i dont really know the rebels. I heard it is a rare ish bike??

Should I just sell it stock or put another couple hundred into flat bars, new paint job, etc etc to make  simple little chopper? Would I be able to get much more for it that way?


Just looking for opinions...i normally research the crap out of this stuff before i buy but this was a fire sale...the guy is moving to north dakota today and needed it gone. wanted 300 for it.

Offline gijoe13844

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Re: 88 Rebel 450 Steal
« Reply #1 on: Nov 26, 2012, 14:08:57 »
Even something like this would be cool...


Offline Redbird

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Re: 88 Rebel 450 Steal
« Reply #2 on: Nov 27, 2012, 18:02:32 »
The 450's were only made in '86-'87. And are definitely sought after.
Personally, I'd get it running, clean it up, and sell it as is. I doubt you'll get alot more for the trouble of chopping it, and a chop will have to go to someone who wants that style. Where the stocker can be whatever the new owner wants it to be.

I don't know the exact market on them, or the market in your area. But down this way (in Southern Louisiana) the 250 rebels in similar shape will go in the $1000-$1200 range. If it were me, here, I'd start at $1700 or so and let somebody talk me down to $1500 or so.
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Offline gijoe13844

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Re: 88 Rebel 450 Steal
« Reply #3 on: Nov 27, 2012, 20:23:34 »
Yep found out today when I checked the vin that it is an 86. I like the idea of keeping it stock and let it being someone else's canvas. Especially if I can make a quick 1000 off it. Some cool ideas rolling in my head for it tho haha...just can't help it!

Offline john83

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Re: 88 Rebel 450 Steal
« Reply #4 on: Nov 27, 2012, 22:23:49 »
Yep, the 450s were only made for two year and quite rare compared to the 250s. I've seen plenty of 250s for sale around here for $1000-$1500. Google Jacks Rebel Warehouse if you need parts. They're somewhere in Florida or Alabama, I can't remember which.

Offline gijoe13844

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Re: 88 Rebel 450 Steal
« Reply #5 on: Nov 28, 2012, 10:30:01 »
Google Jacks Rebel Warehouse if you need parts. They're somewhere in Florida or Alabama, I can't remember which.

Cool thanks. A lot better than dealing with ebay if I dont have to.

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Re: 88 Rebel 450 Steal
« Reply #6 on: Nov 28, 2012, 17:42:45 »
I've bought parts for my 250 off ebay but the guys at Jacks are pretty cool. They have tons of stuff.