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post #1 of 12 Old Oct 21st, 2011, 8:18 am Thread Starter
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How much did I save??

Anyone have an idea how much money I saved doing the following myself??

Brake line change, flush and bleed.

Changing air filter

Changing fuel filter

Changing Antifreeze

Now I want a tire changer

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post #2 of 12 Old Oct 21st, 2011, 8:51 am
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Re: How much did I save??

Peace of mind and satisfaction.

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post #3 of 12 Old Oct 21st, 2011, 9:40 am
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Re: How much did I save??

I would say $400 to $500 in Labor cost easy.
Plus the knowledge that the job was does right.

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post #4 of 12 Old Oct 21st, 2011, 10:59 am
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Re: How much did I save??

Depending on what your local shop rates are, you saved a considerable amount. The shop that works on my scooters charges $99/hr, cheapest rate here in town, and they don't go by "book rate." That work would still run me probably $600 easily.
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post #5 of 12 Old Oct 21st, 2011, 11:14 am
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I'm betting more like $800. I'm struggling with brake pump problems currently and have been quoted $300 just for the flush/fill alone. I think stripping down enough to change brake lines and change air/fuel filters would easily double that...if not a few hours more!
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post #6 of 12 Old Oct 21st, 2011, 11:56 am
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I have to agree with Loser above, More like 800.
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post #7 of 12 Old Oct 21st, 2011, 12:00 pm
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Re: How much did I save??

I recommend a No Mar tire changer. So far I have changed my front and rear HD tires, all six of our motorhome tires, and two car tires. You just keep saving everytime you use it!

By the way, the 6 on the motorhome saved me enough to pay for it!


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post #8 of 12 Old Nov 10th, 2011, 8:42 am
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How do you balance the tires?
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post #9 of 12 Old Nov 10th, 2011, 9:26 am
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Re: How much did I save??

You certainly saved enough to buy a pretty good No-Mar set up...

Keep up the good work


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post #10 of 12 Old Nov 10th, 2011, 10:44 am
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Re: How much did I save??

I had a good friend that changed his own tire on a 99 goldwing. To save money. Apparently on the 99 model you can install the wheel, get it out of sink a little bit and still torque down the lugs. After a while the lugs can work loose.

On an annual trip to Florida with his wife behind him, he reported via radio to his riding buddies he was picking up a vibration. Almost instantly the rear wheel came loose locking up the bike at speed, it started flipping. My friend died and his wife barley survived with major disabilities.

Just make sure you know what you are doing. First thing I did was check my beamer to see that it had lugs that went into a hub that would make the wheel center up just like on a car. BMW went one better and put a bolt dead center. Anyway RIP Tommy Dossey.

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post #11 of 12 Old Nov 10th, 2011, 11:04 am
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My LT is getting a full set of brake lines right now. Labor is 3.5 hours at $79/hour, which of course includes new fluid and bleeding.

The tire is $25 labor.

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post #12 of 12 Old Nov 10th, 2011, 11:11 am
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Around this area parts and labor for that work would have been a grand. You did good!

As for "Keithkmb" and his friend, I would never do anything I wasn't 100% sure I could do correctly. But there is no guaranty a tech at a garage won't mess something up and get you killed. As my dad used to say, "I'd rather pack my own parachute any day".
He was in the 101st Airborne.
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