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Need sanity check on labor estimate

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Yesterday I received an estimate from the local dealer to install Chubby 508 bars on my 02 Road King. Also, the estimate included all labor to install braided lines, new chrome switch gear and running the wires inside the bars. The estimate was for labor only since I purchased the parts from an internet dealer for 20% off, plus no sales tax (I originally planned to try it myself, then chickened out). I explained this to the service writer and they had no problem (actually kind of surprised me).

There seem to be several Harley mechanics on this site, and I'm curious as to what you might quote as a labor estimate (a $ range would be fine if easier). Alternatively, number of hours??

Today I called a local non-dealer shop which specializes in Harleys (out of the yellow pages). Their quote was about 1/3 of the dealer.

The dealer seems to do good work and I expected them to be higher, but 3 times? On the other hand, i have learned the hard way that poor service is often worth less than zero. I have the impress from previous comments herein that this is a relativlely straight forward job (to a qualified mechanic).

I've left the actual $ amounts off so as not to bias anyone.

Appreciate any input, greg
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Thanks for the replies, helps mme a great deal. Although I have some mechanical ability (and the right tools) I am horribley impatient and have ADD. Not good when workinng on your own bike the first time (oranyone else's, I suppose). The parts are factory parts.

Hippo, you mentioned the roll-off switch if I have cruise, which I do. Woudn't this be on the factory switch? Re: the bar clamp, do I just get a clamp off of a Dyna? Presume the cover on the king will hide the new clamp.

fwiw, the dealer quoted about $650, the local $175. I figure I can get the Bassani Badbagger slipon pipes for the difference, plus a bottle of Grey Goose for the SO.
Logical, your concern was exactly one of the reasons I raised the question. Even though I specifically reminded the local guy that it was a Road King, and repeated the work, i was/am a little concerned he may have mis-priced it and when /if he realizes this, the work producr will suffer. I'm going to take the bike to the shop and make sure they see it first. thanks again for the input. greg
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