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So I need a new back tire and I have talked to my local Victory dealership and a local shop. The local shop quoted me an okay price on the tire and asked for the standard 50.00 if I bring the bike in and they remove it from the bike, I believe it's $25.00 if I take it off myself. $50.00 seems worth it to just let them do it.

The local Victory dealer started in on how big a deal it is to change the rear tire on a Vision and said it could take up to 2 hours and I think they charge like $75.00/hr so needless to say that would be a lot more. I went through this on my Kingpin, the Victory dealer wanted a lot more to change the tire than the local shop. I let the local dealer do that tire and they did a good job.

I have been looking online trying to find a video of the removal or some definitive instructions with limited success. I have seen some post that seem to suggest if you put the bike on a lift you can remove the tire with removing bags. The Victory dealer talked about removing them as well as moving the exhaust out of the way. That is probably the Victory standard shop procedure but is it really necessary?

If I take it to the local shop am I going to get a call saying we need to charge more to remove this, I told him it was a Vision and asked if he could handle it. He said no problem.
 

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first think you have to do is un-bolt the bottom of the link rod.
Then jack up the bike just enough to get at the axle nut. Now loosen it. No muffler pulling what so ever.
Now raise the tire off the ground.
Un-bolt the axle and pull the lock off the other side of the axle.
Now raise the bike high enough to pull the wheel.
Slid the wheel forward and take belt off pulley.
Now you can pull the tire out side ways.
With the link rod un-bolted and you jack the bike up the wheel stays on the ground.

Getting the tire out can take a half hour to forty five minuets.
Just revers pulling tire to put back in. Going back in can take longer cause of align the belt. Guess mounting and taking tire off and back on could be a good two an half hour job.
Keep in mind a aftermarket shop has less over head and they all buy there tires from the same place.
 

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Look if you have to ask go ahead and pay the money and be done with it, you will be headache a head of it all. You can always remake the money but the headache could be the end of you.
It's not to bad of a job if you've been there before but the first one is a pain in the butt or the head which ever you choose.I'm not trying to sound mean toward you just know more than you and how to do it myself and it's pain for me.
 

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Look if you have to ask go ahead and pay the money and be done with it, you will be headache a head of it all. You can always remake the money but the headache could be the end of you.
It's not to bad of a job if you've been there before but the first one is a pain in the butt or the head which ever you choose.I'm not trying to sound mean toward you just know more than you and how to do it myself and it's pain for me.
I had no plans to do it myself so not really relevant to what I asked but thanks for playing. I really just want to know if I can expect the local shop to try and ask for more when they see what the job entails. I want to get educated on the process.

Thanks VJ.
 

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It takes around 20 mins. for the removal and about the same for the install, the only real problem is they may have a hard time reinstalling the brake caliber as it goes on at the same time as the wheel goes back in place as the axle is pushed through the wheel. It can be a pain and take some time extra and it can be done by one person but four hands is a real time saver. Hope this helps!
It shouldn't take longer than one hour to do the whole job if they have a tire changer. I do all my tire changes by hand.
 

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I had no plans to do it myself so not really relevant to what I asked but thanks for playing. I really just want to know if I can expect the local shop to try and ask for more when they see what the job entails. I want to get educated on the process.

Thanks VJ.
If a dealer quotes you a price knowing what the bike is, then they damn well better not charge more. A deal is a deal.
 

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I recently got both tires replaced. The labor charge was about $40 per wheel and the tires were about the same price as i was finding on line.
 

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Got my tire and installed today. It's a little cold, so didn't get a chance to try it out yet. The local shop seems to have done a good job. Only took them about an hour. Glad to have a place close by that I can get this kind of stuff done.
 
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