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I need your help please. I have my bike in for service at a local DynoPower shop and they are telling me my tires are shot and need replaced. (I'm going on a 1500 mile round trip in two weeks) I was also told that they would match any internet price I found. So what I'm asking is where do you buy your tires and who do you think has the best price? This was extremely unexpected with only 6100 miles on the stock tires but do I really want to take the chance? Thanks in advance.
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Thanks guys. I was in a bit of a panic when I wrote that this morning because I was at work and really surprised that I needed tires that soon. However after getting some time to get online myself and do some searching on this forum I did find what I needed. I found a package deal at competition accessories.com that has the 120 front and 180 rear Avon Storm Ultra II for $283 shipped to me. The guy at the shop told me he would honor that but he also charges $130 to mount the pair since he has to remove the wheels and reinstall them. Since I dont have a jack Im kind of at his mercy. As far as the tires themselves go I believe i got as good a price as I could but its too late now anyway.
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Jesus $130 for mounting. Thats where they F*ck you. I had a local shop mount my rear for $30 and told me he'd do the front when it can time for $20 and I didn't buy the tire from them. I got them from the site Streak07 posted.
 

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Jesus $130 for mounting. Thats where they F*ck you. I had a local shop mount my rear for $30 and told me he'd do the front when it can time for $20 and I didn't buy the tire from them. I got them from the site Streak07 posted.
I know! Its 1hr labor at $65 per hr for each tire.
 

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Most shops charge 1/2 rate for tire changes if you buy from them. You could buy a lift for what he is charging and then you have it for all future work.
 

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Consider taking the bike back without the tire change then buy the tire online, remove the wheel yourself and take it to have mounted. I can't speak for dealers in your area, but in my area it's $25 to $30 if the wheel is off.

Check out prices at Ron Ayers and Jake Wilson.
 

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Consider taking the bike back without the tire change then buy the tire online, remove the wheel yourself and take it to have mounted. I can't speak for dealers in your area, but in my area it's $25 to $30 if the wheel is off.

Check out prices at Ron Ayers and Jake Wilson.
Already canceled the install but the tires are ordered. How hard is it to remove the wheels anyway? Do I need any special tools? Its worth a try to save some cash.
 

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Already canceled the install but the tires are ordered. How hard is it to remove the wheels anyway? Do I need any special tools? Its worth a try to save some cash.
dont forget they have to be balanced,,do you have the equiptment to do that?
 

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dont forget they have to be balanced,,do you have the equiptment to do that?
No but if I take the wheels off and bring them in to the shop(with the new tires of course) they'll mount and balance them for $65 instead of $130
 

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No but if I take the wheels off and bring them in to the shop(with the new tires of course) they'll mount and balance them for $65 instead of $130
thats cool then...go for it.. leftover cash better in your pocket than theirs..
 

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Already canceled the install but the tires are ordered. How hard is it to remove the wheels anyway? Do I need any special tools? Its worth a try to save some cash.
Not difficult at all. The front axle nut is 22mm, I think, though it may be 21mm, I can't recall (someone will come along to correct me), but you can use the hex end of a spark plug socket and reverse it on the ratchet extension. Move the brake calipers out of the way. You'll remove the lock bolts for the axle, slide out the axle, catch the spacers (one on each side) as you pull the axle, then the tire will drop. Though, it's obviously easier to hold the tire while pulling the axle. That's all it takes. Take to shop have them install tire and balance it. Reverse to put on.
 

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Dumb question, perhaps, but when the rear tire is removed, does the gear case oil come out or is it encased? Need to change both rear tire and drive oil, so just thinkin' out loud. ;)
 

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no, the case oil doesn't drain out. . . but with the back, as I recall, it's best to have some help. . . the things is awkward. . . Having someone to help steady the bike helps
 

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no, the case oil doesn't drain out. . . but with the back, as I recall, it's best to have some help. . . the things is awkward. . . Having someone to help steady the bike helps
Didn't think so, but I'm not going to attempt it myself anyway. It was more of a thought of "while you're back there, switch to synthetic" sorta thing. No biggy, DIY for oil/fluids, shop for tires. :)
 

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FWIW I got the new Avon Storms installed and all I can say is wow! Ignorance really is bliss because I thought my bike handled well before but the difference now is amazing. I am really surprised at how noticeable the switch was. I can only hope that these last longer than the 6100 miles I got out of the stock tires.
 

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I have the same tires on my m95 and love them. 180 on the rear and 120 up front. I have about 7000 miles and look great.
I have the same setup. Partly because of what I've read in this forum and partly because I had to buy those two sizes in a set to get special pricing from competitionaccessories.com
 

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i love my marauder, i have not seen any around here in the central ohio area but mine. Have you done much to yours? I wish i would have got the 130 for the front, but the 120 works well.
 
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