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    Senior Member grouch's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by dom View Post
    Got the tire mounted, balanced, and new valve stem done for $27 at a mom an pop spot on a back road in the middle of nowhere!

    I always try to patronize local shops. I don't like to buy off the internet if I can avoid it. If you don't do business with the local shop, they'll close up and you'll pay top dollar at a big shop that may not give a darn. Mom and pop do. There's a shop like that about a mile from my house. He does good work and in some cases better than the bigger shops. I had a (now former) Kawasaki dealership fix the one electrical fault my Concours had under warranty and while they were at it, change the coolant. They quoted me $40 to change the coolant. When I picked it up, I was charged $60 to change the coolant and they didn't even fill it up. It help 3.8 quarts and I had to add 1.5 quarts to fill it. They also charged me $60 to change a fuse. The fuse kept blowing which is why it went to the dealer. It was under warranty and they didn't even try to fix it. I finally tracked the problem to a bad connection on the headlight plug. Once I found it, it took about 15 minutes to fix it. I made it a point to mention this on the Concours mailing list. Kawasaki also is on there. That gouging cost the dealership a LOT of business. I had planned to buy a $600 riding jacket with body armor. I didn't. They also had a smaller bike I was looking at for around town, I didn't buy that either. They lost their dealership about a year later.
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    Ridin Dirty dom's Avatar
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    I will keep a mom and pop alive any chance I get.

    You know, I could not get one spot to mount my tire anywhere!

    NOT ONE..

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    Senior Member J. ZIMM's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric View Post
    How accurate is the balancing?

    I like the idea, too - but (for sport bikes that see very high speeds, especially) I definitely want my tires balanced precisely....
    For high speeds, you want a Dynamic Balancing job on your tires. What he is showing is a Static balance. That's OK for normal around town riding. Dynamic takes the side to side or shimmy out of the tire/wheel assembly. The same thing on a passenger tire. I use to have a machine that would do MO-MO tires and vehicle tires Dynamically.

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    Senior Member DonTom's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by dom View Post
    Some good tire wrenches maybe around $40.
    Wouldn't this make the job a lot easier?


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