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Old 05-17-2012, 04:23 PM
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So the going rate if you ride your bike into a dealer in my neck of the woods for a rear tire change and balance is $45.00.
I went to a local dealer today and the service manager quoted me $45.00 then he asked what type of tire I would like, I told him I hada tire already I just wanted it installed and balanced. He then said in that case the price would be $65.00, is this typical to charge $20 more when supplying your own tire? A tire change is straight labour I don't see why the price should change.
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:29 PM
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It's $20 here, plus $3 for a rubber valve stem, or $10 for metal.

Do you have a Cycle Gear or other M/C retailer in your area? They're usually cheaper than dealers.
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If your staying in motorcycling learn to do it yourself.

Cheapest HF tank air compressor is now like $100 good for other things
All the rest won't total anothe $50

I can have my tires done in less time than it would take to drive to the dealer.
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Are you using a balance stand for balancing? Where do you get the wheel weights? I'd like to try this eventually. I've got a new rear tire waiting to go on.
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Old 05-17-2012, 05:24 PM
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I spent twenty bucks on my last mount and balance.
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At Tony's shop in Kingston the installation ( plus $5 for disposal fee and $5 for balancing) is included in the price; and the prices are competitive.
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I don't begrudge paying the $45.00 for the tire change and balancing - it's the fact that they wanted to add almost 50% t
($20.00) to the cost because I already had a tire and didn't buy it from them.
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:32 PM
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That sounds normal. Our local shops are the same. If you don't buy the tire from them it's a different price.
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My last tire R n R was $32 and change... They don't care who you buy the tire from....
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Balance on 2 saw horses and the bike axle.

slap the tire to break static friction

Use tape weights available at any mail order.

I use masking tape to temporarily move the weights until balanced then stick them down.
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