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Old 07-07-2008, 06:31 PM
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Rear tire on my 06 RKC is getting down there...3/32s or so. Since my state inspections is due, was thinking of replacing it.&nbsp\\;It has about 8000 miles on it. Although I consider myself an above average wrench, I'd rather let someone else do the tire. &nbsp\\;Local HD dealer says 1 /1/2 hours labor..a total of 90.00 labor. I'm guessing this includes balancing. &nbsp\\;Idependent local, a Big Dog dealer, &nbsp\\;is nearly the same.&nbsp\\; Local Honda dealer will do it at half the labor cost.&nbsp\\; Tire price is about the same at all three places.&nbsp\\; Local Honda dealer pushes the "all makes" repair and even stocks the tire.&nbsp\\; Any thoughts?...thanks
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:40 PM
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I use an Indy for tire changes... Mine charges $65 per tire on the bike... Less if you just bring him the wheels... Have you considered using one???
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:41 PM
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I always buy my tires on the internet and carry the tire and wheel into the dealer. They usually charge around $35-$40 to take the old tire off and mount and balance the new one.
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:43 PM
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My dealer gets $65 an hour labor, 2 hrs charged to mount and balance both tires.&nbsp\\; Nice dealership with good people. &nbsp\\;
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:46 PM
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If you have a lift, it's very easy to pull the tire.&nbsp\\; Would cost probably 0.5 shop hours (30 some bucks).&nbsp\\;
Just did it - allows you to get in a clean places you normally can't get at.&nbsp\\;

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Old 07-07-2008, 06:57 PM
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1&nbsp\\;1/2 hours to change a rear?
Changing the rear on a Goldwing doesn't/shouldn't take that long...and those are a bitch!
My indy adds $30 per tire to his cost for markup.
Additional $25 to change the tire ON the bike...$5 if it's off the bike.
OH...and he charges a nominal $4.95 Shop Supply fee to EVERY service order.
Of course, working there part time has its advantages.
I get my tires, and everything cost.
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:59 PM
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I recently paid 1 hour labor at 80/hr for the rear tire change (plus the tire, weights, etc.). At another dealer out of state where I had to stop to get a new headlight I commented on that. He said they charge an hour too, but their rate is only 55.
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Old 07-07-2008, 07:04 PM
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Bear in mind some aftermarket exhausts have to be at least partially removed to get the rear axle bolt out-an added cost at some shops.
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Dealer charges 1/2 hour per wheel off the bike 1 hr on w/ stock exhaust. I enjoy doing it myself. I used a floorjack and the drop hitch on my truck to break the bead and you need a lot of air volume to get the bead to seat. My local auto tire store did the inflation.

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My regular dealer charges a couple hour labor, plus the tire. I'm glad to hear it is competitive, cause I'll be ready soon, 9,000 miles.
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