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where do you get your tires mounted/balanced?

I've checked around my area an the best quote is $35 a tire to dis-mount/mount/balance, if I pull them from the bike, otherwise $70 a piece. I thought about getting my own machine but haven't seen any good deals yet, I'd do it the way we did growing up but don't want to marr the rims all up... any suggestions?
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I use a local dealer that matches online tire prices and if U buy from him, $12 mount and balance. Nice!

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I've checked around my area an the best quote is $35 a tire to dis-mount/mount/balance, if I pull them from the bike, otherwise $70 a piece. I thought about getting my own machine but haven't seen any good deals yet, I'd do it the way we did growing up but don't want to marr the rims all up... any suggestions?
I used mc tire irons and an old leather gloves to protect the rims. They make plastic rim protectors, but the gloves are cheap.

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I do my own, with this Harbor Freight manual changer w/ motorcycle tire adaptor....


They sometimes have them on sale for around $80 for both pieces.
Since getting it, it's paid for itself atleast twice in savings from having someone else change the tires.
Works for car/light truck/trailer/lawnmower tires too.


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post #5 of 32 (permalink) Old 10-02-2009, 12:47 PM
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I do it myself. Tire irons are a must, but all else can be improvized. Have to admit that without proper tools it is quite a job, doable though.
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I paid $20 a tire. Since I'm likely going to do this once a year at most forty bucks is a cheap price to pay for not having to deal with it.

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No place to do it my self. So I go to the KAWA dealership. Besides I kill two birds with one stone having them do it. When I get a rear tire, I have them lube the splines at the same time cutting my costs in labor.

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I went to a local motorcycle tire shop because I don't have the means to do it myself. I rode the bike up there and had my wife following me with the new tires I ordered online and they only charged $80 ($40 per tire) to do both tires and lube the splines. So like msh1156, I figure I'll only be doing this once a year and feel this was a fair price.


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I do the whole thing in my garage. You could swing by and we could bang it all out for free, but the travel would cost more than getting it done locally.
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Like VN750_DawgsFan, I rode to the shop wife brought the tires. They charged $32.50 per tire which included the state required tire disposal fee. They also lubed the splines no charge.
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