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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 11-27-2016, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
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Just hit 500 miles on my CCT... the question is, should I take the bike to the dealer for its 500 mile service, or can I do it myself? Is there something only the dealer techs can do?
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I had mine done at the dealer. Some folks say it's just a glorified oil change, the dealer says otherwise. So be it.

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Just hit 500 miles on my CCT... the question is, should I take the bike to the dealer for its 500 mile service, or can I do it myself? Is there something only the dealer techs can do?
I think it's wise to get the dealer to perform the first service.
Didn't they throw that in free as part of the deal when you purchased?
Oil changes are simple and straightforward if you're handy on the tools and know clockwise from anti clockwise.
There's more to the first service than dumping the break in oil but.
A good dealership will give your bike a thorough going over. Including the important drive belt readjustment and clutch cable ends.
A table of scheduled maintenance tasks is in your Victory handbook.
Your bikes plugged into the computer which shows up any error codes and records the fact that your bikes been back for its first service.
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I'm taking mine in for the 500 I have no idea if they will really do a complete 500 service on it but at minimum they can't void my warranty claiming I didn't perform the proper service. After that I will do my own service work.
That's my rationalization for it anyhow
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use a black pen put a dot on the axle bolt one on the clutch cable adjuster.
who cares if they see the marks you'll know. Read the service paper and ask what did they do there or there. Make them aware your one that wants to know about your bike
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Put a service manual in my hands and I'm not sure anyone at the dealer is more qualified to perform a service on the bike outside major engine work. And even then...they've just got better tools and facilities.

Which is really a fair reason to consider them. They've already got all the info and correct tools to do the job. The cost can save your worry, time, and effort.

However, if you have a torque wrench, the appropriate metric sockets and Allens (the front axle is an oddball), and a belt tension gauge, there's nothing particularly mechanically complex about the procedure.

Mine's seen a dealer once for a fork seal. That goes back to the "correct tools and facilities" issue.

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use a black pen put a dot on the axle bolt one on the clutch cable adjuster.
who cares if they see the marks you'll know. Read the service paper and ask what did they do there or there. Make them aware your one that wants to know about your bike
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I tried to get the dealer to throw in the 500 mile oil change and check but they wouldn't do it so I did it and documented it was done and saved the oil (Victory oil and filter) receipt so they couldn't say it wasn't done. See if you can find a model and year close to what you have in my sig line for free service manuals. It's all fairly basic stuff and you will want to learn how to do it if you don't already anyway. Check clutch adjustment, brake fluid levels, belt tension (this one is the trickiest) and alignment, neck bearings for slop, loose bolts and axle nuts, tire pressure, basically the same thing you would do on a regular basis anyway.
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I too thought it was important to get the dealer to do the 500 mile service but like most stealerships and their mechanics, they didn't do squat and screwed my bike up to boot. I started questioning why he wasn't doing this or that (things listed in the service manual) and he made up excuses that Polaris intervals for checking the belt, compression check, etc were too low. He then proceeded to run me out of his shop. At the end of the day he change the oil and put wd40 on a few moving parts. This was back when the closest Vic dealership was 2 hours from me. I got about half way home and felt warm oil on my left leg, the idiot put in 2 -3 more quarts of oil than he should have (or didn't properly drain the oil that was in there). I always do my own work on all my vehicles but I figured a "certified" mechanic would be a good choice for my first service. Did the "500" mile service myself the following weekend, not to hard to do except for the compression check.

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Did the "500" mile service myself the following weekend, not to hard to do except for the compression check.
Lets be clear , there is NO way the dealer is taking the time for a compression test at the 500 mile service . I am convinced they rev your engine a couple times , then change the oil and cant seem to get that right in most cases ... SAD .

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