Living the Stereotype
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Henderson County, NC
Is the dealer trying to jive me?
I went in today for a new tire.
I've got 13,550 miles on the bike with a variety of riding including dusty dirt roads stream crossings, salty roads and florida salt air for a week.
I figured since they've got the rear wheel off, why not replace the front sprocket with a 16 toother? Hey they had one in stock, 20 clams.
Then I asked if they had a chain for the bike, too. Sho' nuff, 86 bucks.
Here's where it gets funky. The service guy says that if I replace the front sprocket and chain, I need to replace the rear sprocket ($46) or eveything will wear out prematurely. An evesdropping saleman concurred (That's when I got really suspicious).
I said if you can do it all now, fine, do it.
They couldn't. They need to order the rear sprocket, it'll be a few days. Well, what would I save in labor for having the wheel off already. Nothing. It's ala carte.
So they just put on the tire and I went home.
Here are my three questions:
1. How important is it to replace both sprockets and chain as a unit at almost 14,000 miles given my ride hard/put up wet maintenace program? (there are a couple of links that don't straighten out completely on their own.)
2. Shouldn't there be a labor cost savings if half of the second job is done by doing the first job at the same time?
3. How many beers, cusswords and Foghat LP's should I budget for the double-sprocket job if I do it myself? The dealer wants $75.
Any help or smart-ass remarks will be appreciated.
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