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6K service-did the oil change myself, now what?

Rather than delay my recent trip of 2k miles to get a service appointment, I chose to change my 08GT's oil at 5,900 miles. Now I'm back and wondering if many of you have done this and then taken the bike to the dealer for computer check and a general once over to see everything is still screwed on tight and to check for any upgrades/fixes/etc. Make sense? If so what might one expect to pay for the remaining service?

I also am in need of tires (8,000 miles on originals rear has a little tread left, front is feathering, cupping,etc) and considering getting tires via online store and having a local independent shop mount them for me, since dealer gets full list on tiers and over $100 for mounting and balancing 2, and I can't stand that.

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I know this sounds strange, but my dealer service rep knows I work on my own stuff when I can, he is recommending that I do my own oil changes at 6K, then bringing it in for the next one (12K), so I will do the next oil change(18K), then they do the one after that, then I do one, etc, of course there will be things they'll need to do when they have it, brake fluid flushes, coolant flushes, etc.
On the tires, I had the same idea, although I would pull the wheels off and just bring them in, both to save labor and to make sure they were removed properly.
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On the tires, I had the same idea, although I would pull the wheels off and just bring them in, both to save labor and to make sure they were removed properly.
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That's what I was planning.

Alternating the oil changes sounds like a reasonable plan too.

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One of these: 4 Pound Dead Blow Hammer (3 lbs. and under don't work well, imo)

plus one of these: Bead Popper

one of these: Pit Bull Front Stand

two sets of these: Rim Protectors

three of these: Tire Irons

Some old sheet to toss on grass and mess with the above (hammer does it for me!)....

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Then go here and learn how to mount them the easy way without tools and no scratches ("Yamaha Tire Mounting Lube" helps): Easy way to mount tires without scratching

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Then get some of these: Wheel weights

add one of these: Wheel Balancer (order BG12 kit for newer GT)

and sit it on a pair of these: Lightweight stands for above wheel balancer


...and you can do all the tires you can handle. Probably even better balancing too.

Fwiw, in my past experience, some dealers get really miffed if you show up with tires bought elsewhere to save a buck and may charge you a higher service fee or refuse to do them altogether <damhik!>.


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If you get a service manual, you will learn that aside from the oil changes every 6K (a no brainer in itself which a pump makes easier), most of the items on the service list are inspections that you can do yourself. My dealer is willing to plug it into the GT-1, clear any faults, and stamp my book saying that the service was performed. I keep a record of the mileage, what I did, and the receipts for the oil and & filters (in case of a warranty beef w/ BMW). I get much more reasonable shop rates working on my own bike and I know it was done right by someone who give a shit.

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With a GS-911 you don't even need to have them put it on the GT-1. Have you ridden in Austin lately?

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Tire mounting

Mack,

Have you used the strap procedure to mount a new tire? Does this actually work as well as it seems - and what kind of difference would be expected with the tires for our bikes?

Looks too easy.

Can you give us your take on mounting tires for the GT?

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With a GS-911 you don't even need to have them put it on the GT-1. Have you ridden in Austin lately?
Austin? is that a borough of NYC? GS-911 cost=$299 from the website. Do you know if the interface is standard so one could use the free readout at AutoZone (As if anything BMW could be standard/free)?

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Austin? is that a borough of NYC? GS-911 cost=$299 from the website. Do you know if the interface is standard so one could use the free readout at AutoZone (As if anything BMW could be standard/free)?
You'd think it was NYC the way IH35 stops. I'm sooooo happy the toll road goes around Austin now. But, to get to the dealership you have to travel that time bomb.

No, no standard auto ODB will work. I've had the GS-911 for a few years now. It is worth every penny, especially with their new upgrades.

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Mack,

Have you used the strap procedure to mount a new tire? Does this actually work as well as it seems - and what kind of difference would be expected with the tires for our bikes?

Looks too easy.

Can you give us your take on mounting tires for the GT?

Thanks!
I use a muttly collection to mount tires. Harbor Freight tire machine with the motosickle attachment, a Marc Parnes balancer and No Mar spoons and bars.

Piece of cake once you do it a dozen times, or so.

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