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Old 05-12-2019, 11:12 AM
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I had a dealership install a Rockford Fosgate tkit in my brand new 2018 Anniversary Street Glide. Last night I decided to install different speaks. Guess what I found when I popped the hood?

Those MF who installed my system originally didn't tighten any of the pod screws, and left a screw out because they crossthreaded one of the fairing inserts! They screw is $3.50 to replace. They didn't even offer a free screw.

Now they are telling me there is no repair kit for those inserts, AND it is not warranty covered AND there is really nothing they can do.

Why do I say do your own? Here is the kicker. I worked at that very dealership when I purchased the bike from them and had the service department install because they are also on the RF installer list!

So, learn about your bike and do the work yourself. Get to know some local guys from this site. Wrench your own.

Thanks for letting me get that off my chest.
 

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Old 05-12-2019, 11:16 AM
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Not all of us have the time to wrench on our bikes. Thankfully my dealer has never given me a reason not to trust their work.
 
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What is an RF tkit?
 
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Old 05-12-2019, 11:27 AM
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I do 99% of the work on my cars and trucks, but not the bike. If the bike needs something during riding season I drop it off at the Indy while I'm working nights. He knows I don't miss any of riding season unless necessary and gets it done right and fast. Maybe if I had more than one bike, but with a kid in college it ain't happenin



 
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Old 05-12-2019, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Mark Faulkner View Post
Not all of us have the time to wrench on our bikes. Thankfully my dealer has never given me a reason not to trust their work.
I don't have the time, but will make the time. And, I can usually get to working on it quicker than the dealership can. My previous dealer was amazing as well., so I get that.
 
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Because of those same reasons I try and do most of the work myself. Any time I let a dealer touch any of my bikes I ended up going back over the work myself. It’s so hard to find a reliable, trustworthy mechanic.
 
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What is an RF tkit?
Sorry, Rockford Fosgate.
 
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Old 05-12-2019, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by gamble71 View Post
I do 99% of the work on my cars and trucks, but not the bike. If the bike needs something during riding season I drop it off at the Indy while I'm working nights. He knows I don't miss any of riding season unless necessary and gets it done right and fast. Maybe if I had more than one bike, but with a kid in college it ain't happenin



Finding a good indy by me is tough, too.
 
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Not all of us have the time to wrench on our bikes. Thankfully my dealer has never given me a reason not to trust their work.
And some people shouldn’t work on on their bikes. Lots of wanna be mechanic hacks out there.
 
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Old 05-12-2019, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by gamble71 View Post
I do 99% of the work on my cars and trucks, but not the bike. If the bike needs something during riding season I drop it off at the Indy while I'm working nights. He knows I don't miss any of riding season unless necessary and gets it done right and fast. Maybe if I had more than one bike, but with a kid in college it ain't happenin



You're the opposite from a lot of guys here.. I read so many posts by people that have never held a wrench,don't know the difference between a half and a 9/16,don't know a 25t and a 27t .They'd never think of changing a ball joint or a set of brakes on their car or truck,but somehow they're ready to tear into a motorcycle,without even having a service manual!
 
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