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post #1 of 9 Old 06-23-2010, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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Any suggestions other than Motorcycle Madness or the Dealership? Dealership wants to charge me $80+Tax to put on the new front tire I just got. Considering last time I had it done it took less than 10 minutes total, I can't justify that price.

I know I'm a meal ticket because I can't do anything on my bike myself, so I'd like to get involved with a smaller trustworthy shop that I could use for everything over the years.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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post #2 of 9 Old 06-23-2010, 05:21 PM
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Go to bike nights and anywhere bikers hang out in your area and ask around. I found a guy that works on bikes on the side and he charges $15 to mount and balance a tire provided I bring the him the wheel already off the bike and take the old tire with me. That's probably cheaper than you'll find but you can do better than $80.00.

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post #3 of 9 Old 06-24-2010, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, unfortunately I am involved in sports & our games are on Wednesday nights so I don't get to attend bike nights. =( Any other suggestions are appreciated. Surely there has to be some local mechanic shops?

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post #4 of 9 Old 06-24-2010, 02:47 PM
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Get into it. A combo metric/sae socket set will run you 50 bucks. got a garage?
a block and tackle (pulley) will run you 20. rope, ten. the ability to yank the front wheel any time you want? priceless.

seriously. the front is super easy. your investments will pay for themselves in three usages.

got neighbors that are close personally? I bet one of them has mech skills. ask around at your leisure. I've borrowed routers, hedge trimmers, and a torque wrench in one year all within 5 miles of my house.

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post #5 of 9 Old 06-24-2010, 04:04 PM
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Yea most shops do not like to mount tires you DID NOT buy from them, and I bet the 80 dollar quote is for removing the wheel and then mount the tire?

Like stated, find an independent bike shop, it can even be a Harley biased place, they will do it cheaper and do not care if it came off of a Honda.

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Yea most shops do not like to mount tires you DID NOT buy from them, and I bet the 80 dollar quote is for removing the wheel and then mount the tire?

Like stated, find an independent bike shop, it can even be a Harley biased place, they will do it cheaper and do not care if it came off of a Honda.
HA ! Never thought to price freewheeled tire mounting at the hd store. Thanks FMT!

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post #8 of 9 Old 06-25-2010, 09:47 AM
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You say you can't do anything on the bike yourself.

I'd be wiling to bet that's not true. You probably haven't done anything YET. Like Murph, I'd be glad to do it free. There is probably a guy like Murph or me in every town.

Taking the front wheel off is easy. You may not get it right the first time, but there's really nothing you're going to tear up. Brake calipers have to be pulled off. Don't take the hoses off! The front is easy.....

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Turns out my local HD facility wants 40 each. PFFF! Call me spoonman!

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