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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-27-2007, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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I looked at a set of Elite III's on the net around $130.00/Front and $160.00/rear, 290.00 no tax or shipping. Locally they're about170.00/Front and 230.00/Rear including tax, 10 bucks each to mount them. Well i'm glad I started checking before I bought the Internet tires.....nobody around here will mount a tire unless they sell it. I even went to the Harley shop and they wouldn't do it. It's like all the dealers and aftermarket shops got together and won't step on each others toes. I did find a guy about an hour away but he charges 50 bucks a tire to mount them, there go the savings. Just telling anyone thinking of buying tires online to check and make sure they have a place to mount them before they make the purchase.

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I'd agree. There is a shop nearby that only does Motorcycle tires and they have two prices for mounting. A very low one if you buy from them and and a much higer one if you bring the tires. Basically it's a wash.

The only way I have seen to beat that is to invest in the HF tire tool and MC adapter and even then, the return on investment is several years and that's IF you consider your time free.

The BEST way to beat the price is to get one of your local MC clubs to buy one machine that every member can use. But I don't see that happening in any of the chapters in MY area.


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Thanks for the info Predator

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I just bought a new Metzler front tire from AMT online for around $135 with shipping. I brought it in to be mounted at my local Harley dealer (they were actually the cheapest) for $30. Put 'er back on the bike today and test rode it. Rides real nice. Will do the same for the rear tire when it wears down.
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Even if you can change it on your own, is there a way to balance it? Everyone seems to think a tire isn't something to skimp on, but especially for the front, balancing would seem to be a critical step.The problem I was talking about is in my local area and was just mean't as a heads up. I figured a competitor would mount it,thats why I checked HD, but they wouldn't touch it. This whole bike thing is getting ridiculous, I paid 100 bucksapiece for mynew 16" truck tires and they mounted them for free and there's a lot more material in a truck tire. The price they want for these bike tires is nothing but a rip-offand now the dealers are trying to beat the internet.
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We have a few guys around here that will mount and ballance for 15.00 a tire. If you are in the west burbs of Chicago I cna get you his name. He does it out of his house but has a very very nice set up. He just put a set of Dunlop III on the wing and a set of Diablos on the CBR for me about 3 weeks ago.

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Don't know about other areas of the country, but here in Mesa and Phoenix metro.... The mom and pop m/c shops abound all over the place.

Not hard to find one to install tires on your bike.

No need to find a major player like Honda or HD.

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I have mounted and balanced a few 'Wing tires. Balancing really isn't hard to do, it's merely a matter of setting the ends of the axle across a couple supports that are reasonably level, spinning the tire (not very fast or you'll wait all afternoon for it to stop), marking the high point and repeating several times. Once you have a group of chalk marks you put a stick on tire weight, I use 1/2oz. and cut them in half for 1/4oz. of needed. Then wipe the chalk or tape marks and spin again. Eventually you'll get the marks spaced pretty much randomly around the tire. That means it's balanced. I've found this method to be accurate down to 1/4oz. and I've had my bike at speed over 100mph with tires balanced this way and found the ride to be very smooth.

On a lot of tires you'll find a dot or paint mark. This usually means it's the lightest spot on the tire. It goes next to the valve stem in the wheel. It's a good idea to change valve stems every second tire on a given wheel.

If you do a search in the box at the top of the page you'll get a lot of information. Also a Google search on the subject will bring up a good bit of stuff for your edification and reading pleasure.

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I've change my back tire once, and my front tire twice, with just hand tire tools. It wasn't too bad. Not quick, but definitely cheap and easy. I balanced them basically the same way exavid said, except I put a piece of shafting in the vice & slid the wheel on that to spin it.

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I really wasn't looking to pick up another skill, I'll do a search and see what it all entails though. I may end up not having a choice but to start doing it myself. Thanks for the info. Just remember to check what the situation is where you live before you buy. Oh yeah, even the mom and pop shops froze me out unless they sold the tire. I can see their point in someways. They provide a local service and make money from selling the tire and mounting. I'm just cutting into their profits by buying the tires cheaper somewhere else and want them to do a job the internet couldn't provide. The Honda dealer here has about 6 people working there and they have to eat too, so I just ended up buying my tires from them.....keep the money local.
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