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post #1 of 12 Old 08-13-2012, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Sixty bucks to change one tire??

So today I was considering ordering a new front tire from my local motorcycle shop. I called them up and they had the tire that I wanted for almost $20 more than I can get it myself online. Not that big of a deal. I like supporting local businesses whenever feasible and I was gonna go ahead and get it but then I asked the guy on the phone how much it was to install said tire. I figured around $10 or maybe 15, but no...$60 he says. Are you freaking kiddin' me? To install ONE tire??

Now I understand why so many guys wrench on their own bikes. I guess I better get my tools warmed up and get a bike jack!
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-13-2012, 06:18 PM
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Yup luckily the front is very easy to change aswell. After ya break the beed and get it started ya can almost pull the tire off the rim. I just did mine again last week and haven't had to balance em yet. Smooth as silk an 60 bucks cheaper! When $80.00 bucks a tire in my town. 1 bike shop so they charge what they want.

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post #3 of 12 Old 08-13-2012, 07:26 PM
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Discount locally for tire mounting by bike shops, when wheels are removed and rims and tires only brought into shop.

Oh, you didn't buy the tires THERE? Costs more!

Wheels on the bike? Costs plenty!

Mounting your own tires can be a lucrative activity.
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-13-2012, 08:27 PM
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to put things into prospective a little, we pay 40 bucks to have a tractor trailer tire changed over.. 22.5's.
tell that guy u feel insulted by his price and u'll be buying it from another source. lol.
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post #5 of 12 Old 08-13-2012, 09:14 PM
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One time when my back was messed up I was going to get my shop to mount a set of tires for me and they wanted $90, or $45 apiece. I wound up getting my neighbor to come over and assist me.

If you don't have a lift, you can use my "hillbilly bike lift;" two concrete blocks and a set of about eight 4x4" shims cut from plywood. Just slide a concrete block under each side of the the frame right below the footpegs. Tilt the bike to one side and slide a shim or two in, then go around to the other side and tilt the bike the over other way and do the same thing until you get it high enough you can get either the front or rear wheel off.

Use the Search function here to peruse some tire-changing threads. If I can change my own tires, anybody can. It's not that hard once you get the hang of it.

I will add my usual recommendation of finding a cheap wheel/tire set on eBay that's close in size to a KLR rear wheel/tire. That way, you can use it to practice your tire-changing techniques whenever you want without taking off your actual wheels. You can usually find one for around $30 or so: money well spent in my opinion. The one I learned on was a cheap Chinese dirt bike clone wheel/tire.

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post #6 of 12 Old 08-14-2012, 06:04 AM
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You got to figure, rate is probably $40/hr minimum (maybe as high as $60/hr depending on where you live). That means an hour and a half. I don't think it takes me quite that long, and I'm not being paid to do it, but I don't think it's that far out of line.

You're right though, shop prices are making a lot of people start working on their own bikes.

Short story...I have a 16' tin boat with a 25hp outboard. I work on everything I own...bikes, ATV, lawnwomers, truck, cars...everything, no matter what it needs. I know NOTHING about outboards specifically, so when something comes up, I take it to the shop. Every time I pick it up I talk to the shop owner a little and find out a little more about how they operate (timing especially). He gets $60/hr and to me, I'm paying for his knowledge. To me, it's worth it. As I learn a little more about it, I may start doing more of my own work, but for now I'll let him do it. But I won't pay someone to do something that I am capable of doing.
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Yeah, I hauled a new tire to the local Honda shop to have it mounted and was quoted around $40.00. That was until he realized it was a tube type and started stammering. I just said forget it and been doing my own ever since.

Once you get the technique down it's easy. I have one problem though and that is having to do it on the shop floor. I hate that. Has anyone built or bought a stand to work them on? I wouldn't be against fabbing one up or buying something if the price was right and useable. Any Ideas?
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I've seen a couple stands that guys have fab'd up using a car wheel.
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I was quoted $25 to change my NX250's tire, that I removed from bike and brought in to them. ( An independent shop )
Dealers, locally, wanted about $40 - $50 for same thing. ( Wheel brought in to them. )

A couple of years ago I watched a guy change my Gold Wing tires. ( Wheels off the bike.)
He had an old manual tire changing machine. He wasn't at all happy, he worked his butt off, but did get it done. The Wing tires are real stiff.
He normally works on smaller bikes and some older Harleys.

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post #10 of 12 Old 08-14-2012, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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I went and asked another bike shop today while I was there getting a spark plug. He said it was around $25 if I bring the tire in and $75 if I bring the bike in and they take them off and put them back on the bike...sheesh! I'll do it myself thank you...I may not be the brightest bulb on the tree but I'm pretty good at looking at stuff and figuring out how it works. I'm pretty sure I can change a tire on a motorcycle.
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