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Old 09-27-2013, 07:30 PM
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Cost Savings Doing Your Own Tires - Sort Of

Decided to do my tires earlier today. Now normally tire changes save me both time and money. Well didn't work out that way today.

First let me back up - I bought a Power Bronze rear hugger months ago - never got around to installing it. So I remove the rear wheel - drain the final drive oil - then bolt up the hugger. Well I thought I would like the plain black plastic over a carbon fiber one - well I didn't like it so I took it off. Decided I would put it in the classified section here - list it as new never used.

I'll get back to that in a few. Finish with the rear tire - time for the front. I remove the front fender and put it on the floor behind me. While removing the front wheel I almost step on the fender. I pick up the fender to put it somewhere safe out of the way.

At the same time I pick up the hugger and lay it back in the box it came in. I decide to put my front fender in the box as well - I place the box on a work bench nice and safe.

I am about to remove the valve stem from the front wheel and realize my valve stem tool is on the bench where I put the box with my front fender and hugger. As I reach for the tool I bump the box with the fender and hugger - well the box tips over emptying my front fender and hugger on the floor.

Fender a few small scratches - visible when on the bike. The hugger also has a scratch on it - at least it is on the oil tank side.

So normally I save about 100 bucks on the tires and whatever the labor would be from a dealer and of course the most important part - I save a boat load of time.

Well I will not buy a new fender - but will try to buff the scratch - so time saved is getting less and less. The hugger well now I will have to sell it for even less.

So moral of the story - this tire change cost me at least the same as if I had the dealer do it. The only good part today - I can't blow a nut about the dealer screwing up.

All in all I'm still not talking to myself..
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Re: Cost Savings Doing Your Own Tires - Sort Of

I always install and balance my own tires. Pretty simple process. That way I know it is done right, and rim damage (caused by the so-called "pros") is avoided. And not least, I save a few bucks too.
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Re: Cost Savings Doing Your Own Tires - Sort Of

Bruce, FYI, post #6

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Thanks for the link. The KS fender I think I can take care of that. The hugger I need to take another look - I walked out of the garage when it happened and have not gone back out. Will take a look at it tomorrow.
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Bruce, On the other hand you are still ahead of the game. Reread your ride stories from Wednesday and Thursday. That should make ya feel better.
Can't beat that!
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Bruce, On the other hand you are still ahead of the game. Reread your ride stories from Wednesday and Thursday. That should make ya feel better.
Can't beat that!
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I know I'm ahead of the game - just beside myself for knocking the darn box over. I took the time to move the stuff so not to damage the stuff - heck should have left them on the floor.
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One day I was setting jack stands under one of my cars. The car was just a couple of inches lower than I had raised the car and chipped the paint on the rocker panel.
I see that chip every time I slide under the car to change the oil.
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One day I was setting jack stands under one of my cars. The car was just a couple of inches lower than I had raised the car and chipped the paint on the rocker panel.
I see that chip every time I slide under the car to change the oil.
At least you had the car jacked up...That is all I'm going to say.
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All in all I'm still not talking to myself..

Hate it when s--t happens. Get back to the positive. Remember it is better to be pissed off than to be pissed on. BTW ---great ride reports describing how good one can feel riding a bike.
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I think most of us can relate, Bruce. I have a scratch on the tail section of my beloved Daytona that was a simple "slide bike back to make room at the tire changer" accident. Damn that hurt. I have a brand new tail section on the shelf now, but I've left the old one in place all season just in case lightning does strike twice...
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Sorry to hear that Bruce. I do have a hard time visualizing you not talking though!
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Sorry to hear that Bruce. I do have a hard time visualizing you not talking though!




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Hope Bruce's sense of humor is OK today .
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Sorry to hear that Bruce. I do have a hard time visualizing you not talking though!
Wow my feelings might be hurt.
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Re: Cost Savings Doing Your Own Tires - Sort Of

That reminds me when I refused to pull out of the garage my brand new Lexus SC400 back in '95 to change a garage door spring.... because it was hot and sunny outside. I think you see where I'm going. Set up my A-ladder, put the tools on the tray, and up I go... only to lose my balance, and see the tools fly off in slow motion, finally landing on my brand new baby's trunk and fender . Just remembering that carnage makes me want to kick my a$$ again . We all do stupid things man. Unfortunately, that's how we learn .
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Bruce, did you knock the bike over?? No, you're good, man...
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Front fender scratches will come out -the hugger scracthes not so sure. Took the KS out for a short ride today - scrub the tires in type of ride. My goodness the bike feels great when it has new tires - the front end comes back - when the tires are worn the steering is so heavy and slow.

I put the Q3's on because I like them. I think once these are toast I will try something that I can get a few more miles out of. The thing for me is that sluggish feeling in the front as tires wear. I don't want to have tires that give me more mileage but feel terrible for the last 2 -3 thousand miles.
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The Q3's lasted exactly 3K miles. Well not really but I was at the BRPR and the last 300 - 400 miles I would have changed them if I was home. Great tire but 2.5K - 3K mile life on the KS not so good. Putting a set of PR4's on.
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You get exactly the same type of problem the first time you fit metal fuel line disconnects on a KRS.

Being lazy, you lift up and balance the gas tank to get underneath. A bolt of invisible lightning hits the tank which then crashes to the ground and destroys paint on the tank Tupperware.
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Sorry to hear that Bruce. I do have a hard time visualizing you not talking though!


But, "All in all I'm still not talking to myself.."
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