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Old 05-08-2011, 07:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ultra rear tire replacement??

Here's the deal. Tread on my rear tire is low and I'm a cheap bastard. I've been quoted $230, $270, and $300 at three different shops for the Dunlop D402 mounted, balanced, installed.
Checking on line I've found them for as low as $135 shipped.
Question #1 - Where is the best place to get a tire on line?
Question #2 - Can someone that does his own fluids, brakes, and other maintenance tackle this with a shop manual?
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Old 05-08-2011, 08:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A bike lift will make it an easier job...I have changed them without a lift before...If you have a manual, and are mechanicaly inclined, you should be able to do the job.... I like avon tires over dunlops....But thats just me... Im sure few few others would agree
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I bring the old tire to the shop and have them mount a new one. Make sure they have a tire machine that won't scratch your rims.
The fact the shop is making $20-30, and another $20-30 for mounting and balancing on the tire don't bother me. It's well worth it when I think of the times I did it myself with tire irons, a milk crate and a moving blanket on the garage floor.
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Tire plus about 65.00 labor well worth it to me. Thats on the bike
Dealer I use discounts tire a lot more if they install
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I have mounted my own in the past, but last fall I was just lazy and took my wheel to a local independent shop. Charge was $35.00 and I was in and out in an hour.+
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Old 05-08-2011, 01:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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For the last several, I've used www.Motorcycle-Superstore.com. They have good prices, price match if you find a lower price, free shipping and my favorite part.. They have a network of prefered installers. You can see what they charge and if you find one you like, they will ship the tire directly to them so all you have to do is go by and they put your tire on.
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Old 05-09-2011, 05:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Here's the deal. Tread on my rear tire is low and I'm a cheap bastard. I've been quoted $230, $270, and $300 at three different shops for the Dunlop D402 mounted, balanced, installed.
Checking on line I've found them for as low as $135 shipped.
Question #1 - Where is the best place to get a tire on line?
Question #2 - Can someone that does his own fluids, brakes, and other maintenance tackle this with a shop manual?

Here's my take on tire changing; It's a pretty heavy, nasty job, but I love working on my bikes so I do it. My local Powersports (Honda) dealer will mount and balance for $30 a wheel. I was short on time so I took both wheels in and they price matched the internet and M&B for $30. I asked what it would have been if I just brought the bike in and the Service Manager said, $30 a wheel. It didn't matter if the wheels were on or off the bike. I may reconsider my position....
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Old 05-09-2011, 12:38 PM   #8 (permalink)
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you can search for the tires online, sometimes jp and dennis kirk have sales, I bought my last tire from motorcyclesuperstore, you need a lift to get the tire off, and an extra set of hands at least for the first time you do it, as you pull the axle out put your knees into the tire to let it down, or grab your car jack and put it under the wheel to ease it down, then find an indy to mount and balance
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$30 a wheel for mount and balance is the going rate in this part of MS (Indy shops). To me, it's worth $30 not to have to mess with it myself. Spent too many years doing that.

Just a caution for anyone new to changing tires themselves: don't rest the weight of the wheel on the brake rotors. I've seen a lot of do-it-yourselfers bend the rotor doing this.
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Here's the deal. Tread on my rear tire is low and I'm a cheap bastard. I've been quoted $230, $270, and $300 at three different shops for the Dunlop D402 mounted, balanced, installed.
Checking on line I've found them for as low as $135 shipped.
Question #1 - Where is the best place to get a tire on line?
Question #2 - Can someone that does his own fluids, brakes, and other maintenance tackle this with a shop manual?
If you have a manual, taking the wheel off is a pretty straight forward job. You can figure about a $100 savings by removing/installing the wheel yourself.
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$30 a wheel for mount and balance is the going rate in this part of MS (Indy shops). To me, it's worth $30 not to have to mess with it myself. Spent too many years doing that.

Just a caution for anyone new to changing tires themselves: don't rest the weight of the wheel on the brake rotors. I've seen a lot of do-it-yourselfers bend the rotor doing this.
www.jakewilson.com I found some decent prices with free shipping.. Yes, be carefull with the rotors. I've changed allot of tires for myself.. Bent a rotor once, Made it feel like needed to bleed the brakes...
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Old 05-09-2011, 05:40 PM   #12 (permalink)
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If you have a Cycle Gear nearby, try them. I bought my last set of Dunlop Elite 3's and got a much better deal than the local Harley dealership. I have 13,000 on the rear tire and still looks new. I have read from many on this forum of the E-3's getting 20,000 + miles on the rear tire and I do believe I should exceed that. They handle much better, don't track, and no noise. One key factor is air pressure. I always check them when the tire is cold with 40 in the front and 42 in the rear.
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:31 PM   #13 (permalink)
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IMHO $30-$60 is well worth the cost of not having to do it yourself. $60 seems fair and reasonable considering the time it will take you vs the time it will take them (Cause they are going have the advantage.
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Rear tire mounted on the rim, and balanced, runs me about 130-150, with disposal.

I'd rather just do it myself, then set up a ride, there and back. Also good time, to clean the rim.
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