Changing back tire

Discussion in 'Touring Models' started by Dublin Dave, Nov 27, 2008.

  1. Dublin Dave

    Dublin Dave Member

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    Is the changing of a back tyre a job left to the dealer, or can one go about this oneself.
    Got a price for a change, after stage 1 upgrade, and will need another 400 euro,s , which is 415 us dollars, seems a bit rich.well able to change a truck tire, but what do i need to look out for on the harley?

    Thanks again,
    Dave..
     
  2. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Hi Dublin Dave, do you have the means to talk the rear tire off? That price is high due to the fact they have to store/insure and spend about an hour or two of repair stall time to do the deed and shop overhead is what it is. :wall

    Carry-in price from the dealer (tire & rim off the bike) will be the tire plus labor, ranging from FREE to $50 USD to balance and mount depending on if you buy the tire from them or bring in your own NEW one (some do not like to mount tires that are not their's), and given liability and guarantee issues you probably see why. Buying them, mounted and balanced at your favorite dealer - OFF THE BIKE is the best way to go, if you feel capable of dismounting the assembly off your Harley. :newsmile020:

    You should get a motorcyle "lift"; basic ones from Harbor Freight, Kragen Auto Supply and others cost about $59 to $99 USD...review the tread/posts about a certain --yellow Craftsman Motorcycle Lift...Smitty has pix of the Pro-version $180 USD, or do the tried and true method using the jiffystand and blocks of 2x4s stacked in stages. :small3d036:
     
  3. USMCCWO5

    USMCCWO5 Junior Member

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    If you have the HD service manual, it is a pretty simple job. If you don't have the HD service manual, you will be searching for torque specs and such. Not too hard to do, if you can lift the bike up and have torque wrenches and a bit of skill.

    My advice, buy everything you need to do you own work, including the HD service manual for your bike and save a bunch of money in the long run.
     
  4. Dublin Dave

    Dublin Dave Member

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    Yeah,sounds like a plan dismounting the wheel from the bike myself. But i might get some looks arriving at the dealer with the wheel without the bike, all they want is the dollars....i need a degree in hagling to get a better price!!:newsmile065:
     
  5. Dublin Dave

    Dublin Dave Member

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    Cheers smitty,
    200 dollars not bad at all, i will shop around other dealers, tire fixers, but they might turn away at the sight of the harley, not a chain drive, i can imagine with the weight of the bike i will be using a fair amount of tire in the future, so would look at setting something up in the garage(shed):D
     
  6. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    At my house, my gal is the one who knows how to hagle; seriously, get the service manual (you can get the CD of the Service Manual from "Gary" $15 USD else where on HDT Maintainance & Service Tips Section and see if this approach works for you).

    Here is a synopsis of how to remove the back tire -

    Removing Rear Wheel - Harley Davidson Community

    It may require new tools (Torque wrench, SAE Socket Wrench Set, Torx & Hex Wrenches etc., but these tools you will use all the time as you get better at this). Good luck and have a nice holiday season! :newsmile018:
     
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  7. Black shadow

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    most dealers have two different prices ,one for on the bike and one price for off the bike. I take it off and save the bucks ! also Im not set up for balancing.
     
  8. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Nothing that unique about the Harley wheels and tires. You can take your wheel and new tire over to a metric shop, and have them do it!!

    TQ
     
  9. duffey22

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    Dealer in Lakeland Fl replace my fnt & rear tires incuding labor for $265.00 usd. 08 Ultra.
     
  10. Dublin Dave

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    Wonder if he can drop over to Dublin to put on a set, that's great value your getting there.Tell him ill make it worth his while :D