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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-20-2009, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
 
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Total Rip-off?

Another question hot off the press...

I am in the process of putting some V&H Cruzers on my 750 and came across a problem...rust. Rust on pretty much everything I need to take off to change the pipes.

I called a local shop and asked if they could help me out. They said it would run me $135 to get the new pipes on. Another $225 to tune up and get ready for spring, and a another $15 for inspection sticker.

I just bought this bike used last August and had this same shop give me a tune-up (another $225 back in August). Also I had a some oil coming out of one of the fork shocks and had that repaired (roughly $400). I am now starting to feel really ripped off. So I wanted to pass this on to you guys for your thoughts.

Is $135 reasonable to put the new pipes on? Should I just go and find some PB Blaster and a ratchet set and do it myself? Also, is $225 a reasonable cost for a tune-up?
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-20-2009, 11:44 AM
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Hi,

That sounds pretty expensive man! i would do it on my own, remember you got great people here that can help you during the process.
I had to change my pipes pnce too, and i had a lot of rust, in fact i broke all the bolts that holds the pipes to the manifold and i was a pain in the rear to fix.
Here is a few advice that i learn from doing this:
- your pipe should be warm before you remove the nuts and bolts.
- if you break them, use a "channel lock" tools to remove them out of the manifold (also use a torch to warm it up)
- use kind find the bolts and nuts a any auto store.

My two cents

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Is $135 reasonable to put the new pipes on? Should I just go and find some PB Blaster and a ratchet set and do it myself? Also, is $225 a reasonable cost for a tune-up?
No.

Yes.

No.

(Do you know what their shop labor rate is, just out of curiosity?)
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You had a "tune up" in August, and now you think you need another one?

Jeez, those guys at the shop must love you. Do you even know what a "tune up" consists of for the Vulcan?

I think most here would agree that all that is needed is an oil and filter change every 3,000 miles and if one did have a "tune up" it should last a good 20,000 miles before one needed another.


Do the pipes yourself and stop wasting money at a shop that is obviously taking advantage of you.


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$225 is just a bit high for an oil change.

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$225 is just a bit high for an oil change.
Even for a Harley...
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YUP, that's what I thought. This is my first bike and I have never had experience with bikes before, so I had no idea what to expect. I remember last year feeling really ripped off by these guys and then this year when I called I got that same feeling again (you know the feeling, the hair on the back of your neck raises a little). Now I know that they are rip-off artists. Thank you all for the confirmation.

Can anyone suggest an affordable set of tools to get the job done right?
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Can anyone suggest an affordable set of tools to get the job done right?


Do you have a Harbor Frieght near you? If so I would go there to look for afordable tools. They are OK in quality (keep in mind they arent Snap-on or Mac) I like them for the fact that if I break or round off a socket I can get another for a buck or two.


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Sams club has a Channel-Lock tool set that is awesome with nearly every wrench you could need, SAE and Metric, for about $65. Walmart sells Stanley sets that are really nice quality for the price too.

I would soak it at least a couple days ahead of time with PB blaster and do warm up the bike to normal op temp before you start trying to pull the acorn nuts off the exhaust. Good luck and we're pulling for ya!

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Put liquid wrench on all the rusty bolts and let is soak for a few hours.

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