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Well, I went to one of my local dealers yesterday only to get a quote of $160 dollars for a tire change plus the price of the tires at $265. $425!! I thought this was a bit high. So I questioned them on it. They said we can do better if you buy the the tires from us. And the 2 choices you have are this "model" of "bridgestone" and this model of pirelli. We can do that for $295. So what if I like another brand, well than its back to $160 for labor. So my question for you is where do you go for tire changes? I know that I can get them done at a local track day at grattan for $30 plus the price of the tires through STT. Not horrible. I just didn't want to screw around with this the morning of a trackday.I am in East Lansing, Michigan. What do you other locals do?
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Re: tire changes??

Bring the wheels in off the bike and they should do it a lot cheaper.

And then there's this asshole...
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Re: tire changes??

buy your tires online, take the wheels off and bring them to a smaller moto shop, not a dealership.

if that dealership can only get you 2 tires they are freakin morons.

if you can't convince them, confuse them.
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Bring the wheels in off the bike and they should do it a lot cheaper.
Believe it or not that is off the bike!!
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Re: tire changes??

Dude, which dealer is that, College bike shop? I usually just buy tires online and change em myself. I mean, they only have to be static balanced, so you don't need one of those crazy discount tire computer balancers or anything.

No this tire hunted Mary down! This tire murdered Mary!
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Re: tire changes??

I had an in around Detroit but the last time I went with him he screwed me.

Nickolson's charged me $90 wheels off. Which is still horrible. Made me want to get my own tire machine.
This next time I may just use the irons and do it myself. It will nick the rims a bit but I stopped caring about appearance years ago.

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Re: tire changes??

No, full throttle. I usually get reasonable service if I need it. But I thought the tire thing was over the top price wise.
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Crazy. I'm a DIY kinda guy. I have found a few good tutorials on tire changing sitting around. All I use is a 1.5 foot 2x4 and an 8 foot one to break the bead. Then its just tire irons and lots of padding to protect the precious brake rotors. But having the dealer do it is nice too. I used to have a buddy at Grove's in Mason who would hook me up, but he quit to start a career in mortgage sales.

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Re: tire changes??

All local dealerships around here totally screw you on the price of tire changing. I don't mind paying a reasonable fee, but wtf?? I get tires changed at trackdays now. Kind of a pain, having to miss a session. I try to do it on the weekend events, at the end of the first day...
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All local dealerships around here totally screw you on the price of tire changing. I don't mind paying a reasonable fee, but wtf?? I get tires changed at trackdays now. Kind of a pain, having to miss a session. I try to do it on the weekend events, at the end of the first day...

Find a small custom bike shop, the one I use does a lot of custom Harley things. but they charge me 20 if I get the tire thru them or 40 if I bring one in. But Its a small shop so the tire prices are fair or just as good as the net
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Re: tire changes??

Michigan guys -

Don Proctor is the fireblades/grattan tire tech, and he's on this board as bikeoholic. Send him a PM - He just lives in the Plymouth-Canton area

He'll save you hundreds of dollars compared to buying and mounting tires from a dealer. Definitely worth the drive or ride out.

He'll mount them if you already bought them for a fraction of what you're talking about here.

PM me if you can't reach him - I have his number.
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I stopped caring about appearance years ago.
You mean the bike, too?
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Find a small custom bike shop, the one I use does a lot of custom Harley things. but they charge me 20 if I get the tire thru them or 40 if I bring one in. But Its a small shop so the tire prices are fair or just as good as the net
I found one of those, but they have a manual changer. I don't care how proficient you are at using it, you're gonna scratch rims. If I had stock rims I might not be picky, but no way my OZ rims are going on a manual changer!
I'll keep looking around, there must be one with a pneumatic changer....
Hmmm, I think the guys who used to do tires for our track club are fairly local....I should check them out...
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