Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: cheyenne wyoming
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Some dealers are charging high fees just to penalize you for buying your tires on line.
I was in my dealers place a while back,( I like my dealer by the way) when a guy came in with a tire in his hand and asked to have it put on. One of the shop owners who is a mechanic, unloaded on this guy for buying his tires elsewhere and then wanting them to mount it for him.
If he had talked to me like he did to that fellow, I would have never gone back in that store again. I made up my mind to keep on doing my own tires .
I'm not sure why a dealer would not charge a fair amount, say 30 dollars to mount a tire for someone who has their own tire. 30 bucks is more than they had when the guy walked in, and it only takes about 10 minutes to mount and balance a tire. Plus you probably made a friend who will purchase something from you in the future.
I used to do all my tires with tire irons, and always had good luck without too much effort.
I recently got the Harbor Freight changer, and did a few mods to it to keep it from scratching my wheels, got the no mar bar, and now I can do a tire in 10 minutes not counting removing the wheel from the bike, which I would have to do anyway.
If you are able, do your own, you save a couple of hundred bucks per change, and probably get a better job in the end.
You can buy your own balancing setup from Harbor Freight or from Ebay, and that is an easy job as well.
I'm all for supporting your local dealer, and I do any time I can, but there are just some screwings I am not willing to take, and tires is one of them.
That's my opinion anyway.
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