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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 07-20-2013, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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At 8,500 miles it was time to replace the rear tire on my '12 Pin. I poured over this forum and searched around. I concluded that I really need to stick with the bias ply tire on the rear. I've found two bias ply tires in my size. Both are made by Dunlop, one for Victory and the other for HD. I also concluded that the HD is better since it has a dual compound. Both tires cost about the same, $290 which is nuts! I can do all this in my garage but I want to support my dealer too. They quoted me $385 after labor and tax which made my starfish pucker a bit but I really like these guys so I'll throw them a bone. I waited on it and it took them an hour, at checkout the price went up almost another $20. I'm sure it was because they realized that I have the X-bow exhaust which blocks the axle from sliding out. I understand that but that extra $20 rang my bell. Just the mere fact of crossing over the $400 mark on a rear tire bothers me. I like them fellers but the next tire is being installed here at home.

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Yeah, I found the stock Dunlop 417 on eBay brand new, for $209 shipped. I got 11k miles out of mine, and it handled good. I wont pay dealer prices for tires. They all have computers, and can order from online companies like we do, but refuse to do it, sooooo. And your axle will slide out the left side of the swing arm, no need to remove the exhaust.

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I hated the 417 on my Kingpin. I like the D407 Harley tire better. I buy it online. I think it was $225 last time I bought one.I bought it online from Latus Motors out of Oregon. I just bought Dunlop E3's for my CR for $375 for both front and rear, delivered, from Chaparral online.
You can pay what you want.But I will not pay a dealer twice as much just to support them. I would however pay 10-15 percent more. If they were reasonable, I would do it. And yes, I know that if we don't support them, they will go out of business. But there are plenty of successful businesses that don't find the need to gouge people. Often times, a business can make more with lower prices through higher volume.

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At 8,500 miles it was time to replace the rear tire on my '12 Pin. I poured over this forum and searched around. I concluded that I really need to stick with the bias ply tire on the rear. I've found two bias ply tires in my size. Both are made by Dunlop, one for Victory and the other for HD. I also concluded that the HD is better since it has a dual compound. Both tires cost about the same, $290 which is nuts! I can do all this in my garage but I want to support my dealer too. They quoted me $385 after labor and tax which made my starfish pucker a bit but I really like these guys so I'll throw them a bone. I waited on it and it took them an hour, at checkout the price went up almost another $20. I'm sure it was because they realized that I have the X-bow exhaust which blocks the axle from sliding out. I understand that but that extra $20 rang my bell. Just the mere fact of crossing over the $400 mark on a rear tire bothers me. I like them fellers but the next tire is being installed here at home.
Geez , did they only remove the rear section of your exhaust or did they disconnect from the engine? If its the latter I hope they at least replaced you gaskets....

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I would have to ask why does the axle have to go in from right side.
Why can't axel go in from left side.

You know your going to do tires again some day

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Market prices are not dictated by or dependent on people who are equipped and inclined to perform work. If you can do it and you want to do it, just do it. Market prices are defined by what the market will bear. Apparently 400 dollars is a valid pricepoint. Just saying I now know of at least one dealer who charged it and one customer who paid it.

Dealers have an ample customer base in peeps who for whatever reasons can not or will not undertake to repair and maintain their property at varying levels. If a service manager knows you and knows you are capable and willing and is still pitching that he needs your business, run do not walk for the nearest door. I will support him as much as he supports me. I have mouths to feed too. If he does great service and is fair he has earned the right of consideration. He does not have any right to hook a siphon hose to my wallet.

There's only one way to avoid paying 400 bucks for a stock tire and mount (can't believe I'm even typing 400 bucks and tire swap in the same sentence). Don't. Because if you will and others will too then why in the world would a dealer do it for less?

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And your axle will slide out the left side of the swing arm, no need to remove the exhaust.
I don't think that's the case. My axle nut is on the left side.

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Loosen the nut and push the axle to the right. There is a retainer bracket ( for lack of a better word). Slide it off. Then push the axel out on the left side. Ask me how I know. .





The silver thing you see is on the exhaust side of the axle. Loosen the axle nut, push the axle toward the exhaust. Then slide the clip off of the axle. Now, just push the axle to the left. That is assuming you're sitting behind the bike's rear tire.

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Or just disconnect the shock linkage and drop the wheel down as far as needed to clear the exhaust or whatever. Should be able to put the axle back in the other direction to make it easier next time but disconnecting the linkage is easy on a full bike lift.
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I don't believe a $400 tire swap is market value, maybe it is but that's the last $400 tire from me, I buy everything online anyway. My kitchen appliances were even purchased online and shipped here. Dealer support was really my only reason for it, but not at the cost of emptying my wallet.

I've never noticed that slot on that right side bracket before. My exhaust blocks that view point but now that I know it's there, I'll use it. Thanks for the photo!

The suspension link was going to be my original plan of attack. I've had it on and off a few times when I was messing with lowering it but then decided to put the stock links back on. It was about a 5 minute process.

I did look online for the HD tire, I didn't spend too much time looking but I only found one on the net and it was from an HD dealer and it didn't offer shipping. It was $289 and must be picked up at dealer. I'll look over the net real good at my next tire change for a good price on the HD tire, even if I do have to go to their dealer to buy the tire, I'll still take it home and do the swap and save more than $100.

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