NYC Estimate: Final Drive Seal Replacement & Spline Lube
The oil seal on my final drive was leaking gear oil: lines of gear oil moving around the rear wheel hub like hair pushed out from centrifugal force were clearly visible on the rear hub.
After doing the research here, it seemed practical to have the splines lubed with Moly 60 (and the U-joint sprayed with white lithium grease), since in the process of changing the two final drive seals the rear wheel will have been removed and access to the splines would be easily achieved during the oil seal replacement procedure.
I went to my local motorcycle shop in Brooklyn, NY and the following was their estimate (I'll include the part #'s and cost for those interested in ordering these parts to do the job themselves):
1) Repair: Front and Rear Spline lube, Spray U joint with lithium grease and replace final drive seals. RATE: 92.50/hr HOURS/QUANTITY: 6 hours AMOUNT: $555.00
2) PART: 671B25145 O Ring AMOUNT: $14.67
3) PART: 92049A 92049-1212 SEAL-OIL,S75 9510 AMOUNT: $22.35
4) PART: Moly-Lube PASTE(GREASE) AMOUNT: $13.78
5) PART: WHITE LITHIUM GREASE AMOUNT: $13.78
6) PART: Drive Shaft 80W90 OR 90W GEAR OIL: AMOUNT: $13.78
Before this estimate was given to me, I discussed the procedure with the head mechanic, going over points made in the vulcan verses, and gave her a copy of highlighted directions printed out from vn750.com.
I have not gone through with the procedure but have ordered all the parts. While I understand the mechanic's rate to be high, should this procedure honestly take 6 hours? And if not, how long should it take for a motorcycle shop to achieve the final drive oil seal replacement and spline lube? Is it possible that this 6 hour estimate comes from the mechanic thinking she needs to remove the entire final drive in order to hit the front spline with Moly Lube? Because I could just give her a toothbrush and directions from the vulcan verses on hitting the front spline with Moly and not having to take apart the whole sha-bang. Opinions?
I would do this repair myself but I live in industrial Brooklyn so doing repairs is difficult on the filthy streets. I'm also ill equipped to make such a repair at this time, and my priority this summer is to rack up some miles: so I took the bike to a mechanic.
Any and all opinions, or further directives to give the mechanic is greatly appreciated, and thank you in advance.
PS: the information I learn here will ultimately inform my "Yelp" review of this particular shop in NYC. I'll link this site in that review, and forward it to the mechanic, as well.