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Location: Flushing, NY
Is the stealership mechanic full of SH_T?!
Sorry if this belongs in the "Engine/Transmission" forum, but I'm pretty steamed at smelling a huge load of bull and would like some quick feedback from Those Who Would Know Better.
Feeling fed up and out of my depth, I took my '04 VN750 to the dealership for a mechanic to look at the vibration issues I've been having. The vibration starts around 3,000 RPM and gets worse from there. I can't cruise at 4K without the footpegs and handlebars buzzing my hands and feet, rattling my keys and twice causing to snap the relatively thin piece of metal I use to extend my Stebel air horns away from my forks (out of the way of the relocated turn signals). I think the vibration is also responsible for my EZ-Pass tag breaking down, to the point where something inside of it was rattling loose when I turned it in for a new one. I've looked at my carbs and they seem reasonably in sync, so anything else is beyond me.
This is a DIFFERENT dealership than the one I've been to before, that didn't so much as replace my clutch cable when I complained about a sticky clutch on my '94 VN750, instead saying they "lubed everything", which apparently included changing my oil (which I'd specifically asked them NOT to do as I like to do it myself), and super-torquing my oil drain plug so I stripped the hex bolt head trying to remove it this past weekend.
So I'm not going back there, and had better hopes for this dealership. But now after 2 days they're telling me the source of the vibration is that I need a new set of tires.
Now this doesn't come completely out of the blue. I commented when I brought the bike in on Tuesday that the tires were nearly 6 years old, even if the bike only has about 2,700 miles on it, and I was interested in getting a price quote on ME880s.
So just now, I got a call from them saying the tires would cost 195/135 front and rear. Not including installation, which would be another $150.
"Wow, that's kind of steep, I'll think about it. What about the vibration issue?"
"It's due to the tires."
He went back to double check with the techs and came back with the same answer: "Yep, if you get new tires, the problem will go away."
No freaking way, right?!!!
"Until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore, you will not know the terror of being forever lost at sea." (Despair.com)
Last edited by robardin; 09-24-2009 at 02:10 PM.