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Default New rear tire, new battery, new front brake pads, Ness big shot tunre and oil change.

Lol all hit me at the same time. . Couple of days ago I was out running errands, stopped at the my buddies house for a quick second got on the bike, hit the start button bike is dead as a door knob. I knew it was coming though las week it gave me couple of I'm dying starts but I ignored it. Lol.

So I had my buddy push me down the street popped the clutch and off I went straight back to my house.

Came home, called a local shop for the battery they said they have it in stock I told them I'll be over to pick it up so start charging it.

Got the battery came home took the old one out and it was the original battery. That thing lasted ten years before it finally died. Which pretty damn impressive if I must say.

It was time for an oil change too, and I know some of you guys like to change your own oil but I didn't feel like dealing with it so I went to the local stealership to get it change and they did have a good deal on the oil change. Vic oil/filter plus labor out the door hundred bucks. But the guy tells me I need front and rear brake pads so just to entertain him I said how much do you guys charge the pads and without flinching he says about 200 bucks. I must've let out the biggest laugh ever because he looked at me funny. Lol.

My rear tire was beyond worn off I called couple of independent shops and they gave me some outrageous prices on the tire I wanted. I got quotes anywhere from $180 to $ 225 not including balance and mounting. So I got online found the same tire for $125 with free shipping. Got the tire shipped, called the same shop they said they'd charge fifty bucks to put the tire on the bike. By the way some shops quoted me as high as $ 75 to change the tire. Swear to god some businesses exists so they can rob people. Anywho while I was there I asked the guys to check my brake pads too. So the mechanic says rear is fine just need front pads. Asked them if they had it in stock he says yes, I said how much he says 30 bucks so I picked them up came home put them on myself. Took about 15 mins to change them. And couldn't help it I laughed again because stealership was asking 200 bucks to change them. Lol.

After all that I was home surfing the ebay looking to see what can I buy and I saw a brand new Ness big shot tuner for only 150 bucks. And looking at this forum I know some of you guys are against the plug and play tuners but I figured it's only 150 bucks and they did have a two weeks return policy. So I ordered it, it got to my house, went in to the garage installed in about 30 mins put the whole thing together start the button and nothing! I was like...son of a bitch now what? Kept playing with it lights were on but pump wouldn't prime and it was blinking error. So I got pissed of decided to take it off. Took the bolts off the tank lifted up and what do I see? I forgot to plug the electric connector. So I was like...son of a bitch! Again. Plug the connector, pushed the button pump primes and started right up. Success! !

Not gonna get in to it to much but it took me a couple days to get it tuned and even though I think it could be little better bike runs much much better especially at highway speeds from 75mph and up. In fact the other day I was doing 85 "with the flow of traffic" it felt like bike had no engine. Zero vibration, zero struggle, just the exhaust roar and pure smoothes. Couldn't be happier.

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Funny story. Won't change the oil, but no problem with battery, pads and a tuner

Glad you're ready to roll for the season.

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Funny story. Won't change the oil, but no problem with battery, pads and a tuner

Glad you're ready to roll for the season.
Well the problem with oil change is, you have to drive to get the oil, then you have to drive the oil back home. Change the oil then you have to drive the old oil to recycle then drive back home.
I'd rather pay 30 bucks for the labor and have a cup of coffee while oil is being changed.

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For the last 7 years or so I do my own oil and what maintenance I can. Has nothing to do with money, but 7 years ago my family and I were at the coast on vacation in a car I just bought. Walking up I noticed a bad oil leak. I just had it changed before the trip. When I got home I crawled under it to see what was leaking and I could turn the drain plug with my fingers. Learned my lesson from that. I do what wrenching I can and take it in for only the stuff I can't.

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Almost forgot. The local Honda dealership labor rate is $90 hour. That is $1.50 a minute. I can hire a 2 man crew to work on my house for $65 hour. When you do the math it is quite frightening.

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Almost forgot. The local Honda dealership labor rate is $90 hour. That is $1.50 a minute. I can hire a 2 man crew to work on my house for $65 hour. When you do the math it is quite frightening.
Labor rates at my local Lawn Boy dealer 3 years ago was $75.00/Hr.
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Every once in a while I don't mind paying for the local business or even stealership do my work. Considering victory oil kit usually sells around 60-70 bucks $ 100 was a good deal for the oil change.

There is no need to take pride on an oil change. Lol.

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I don't trust anybody to do service on any vehicle except myself unless I just can't do it. We have a large fleet of vehicles at my job and every year we have major problems form a handfule of trucks due to oil changes not done right, usually the place draining the oil and not putting more back in along with other problems. Even the dealership I bought my Vic from put way too much oil in my bike when I took it in for the 500 mile service. I had to take out 3/4 of a quart when I got home and noticed oil was seeping past the primary seals.

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