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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Oct 2nd, 2008, 8:04 am Thread Starter
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Cost of Replacing Tires??

While my '03 GT was at the dealer (Dunbar Eurosports in Brockton, MA) having the final drive seals and pivot bearings replaced (for the 2nd time in 3 years/13K miles!) to the tune of about $700, I asked them to change the tires with the new set of Dunlop Roadsmarts I supplied.

The tab for the tire replacement was $184.30! ($75.00 per wheel to replace the tires, $3.45 per balanceing weight - they used 4, and $6.75 per valve stem).

This seems a little exorbitant - I guess it's simply the dealer's way of making sure that buying tires somewhere else is no bargain. I'm sure I could have bought the tires from the dealer (at a much higher price) in which case the mounting charge woul have been less - but anyway you look at it, it chews up $400+ for new tires - price of admission to BMW ownership, I guess.

Has anyone else had similar experiences?

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Oct 2nd, 2008, 11:19 am
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You can see now why those that go through a lot of tires end up purchasing their own tire mounting units...

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The price is way out of line for mounting the new skins, but I'm big believer in monitoring tires, and changing them probably earlier then I should. Guys new to riding are astonished when I tell them I swaped out a pair of Bridgestones at 6, 000 miles. I 've had much better luck with MZ-6's. They seem to wear much better, and somehow have better traction while providing higher mileage. I had a set of MZ-6's go 10,000 miles, and looked better than the Bridgestones with 6,000. I have noticed on other guys bikes as well that Bridgstones front tires cup out quickly. As luck would have it of course my 08 GT came from the dealer with Bridgestones. I'm sure 6,000 miles from now, I'll be mounting a set of Metzler's Z-6's. Back to your pricing question labor here is about $90.00 per hour looks like he hit you for 1 1/2 hours labour the rest is all that B.S. charges including the famous disposal charge for the old tires which they actually sell, and make money on. Don't let the price stop you from putting on new tires, it's the most important piece of equipment on the bike.

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Just had a set of Roadsmarts mounted and balanced at a local MC shop and was charged $20 per tire. I brought the wheels in myself so I saved the dismounting/mounting labor charge if they were still on the bike...

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Just had a set of Roadsmarts mounted and balanced at a local MC shop and was charged $20 per tire. I brought the wheels in myself so I saved the dismounting/mounting labor charge if they were still on the bike...

Amen on that...bring em in loose...save alot of cash....pluse you get a chance to really get the front wheel clean and check the bearings and at the same time easy and cheap to RnR the pads
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Just replaced a Pilot Road 2 (nail) with another.

$5.00 - weights
$5.10 - valve stem
$35.00 - labor
$238.00 OTD - Bought the tire there
Could have done the online purchase then look for a place that would mount it, I suppose. Supposed to be raining all week, so the downtime wouldn't be that painful...but I also like the dealership, and my 2˘ may help keep them in business.



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Certainly sounds like you got stiffed.
The hourly rate for a shop tech shouldnt vary whether hes fitting tyres or changing oil.
They usually put trainee or apprentice techs on tyre duty so the cost to them is lower.
I cant imagine it taking them any more than an hour and I wouldnt be paying $184 an hour for workshop labour unless it included gratuitous sex while I was waiting.
I too change tyres early cos I love what it does to my bike but I tend to think about tyres in the light of what Im getting for my money rather than what they cost.

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YIKES - Tommy is a great guy - once you get to know him. Do your own tires - again they is someone on the south shore who does mt. & balance for 25-30 a tire - you ship or bring to him.
The seal issue & bearing is another issue!

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The price is way out of line for mounting the new skins, but I'm big believer in monitoring tires, and changing them probably earlier then I should. Guys new to riding are astonished when I tell them I swaped out a pair of Bridgestones at 6, 000 miles. I 've had much better luck with MZ-6's. They seem to wear much better, and somehow have better traction while providing higher mileage. I had a set of MZ-6's go 10,000 miles, and looked better than the Bridgestones with 6,000. I have noticed on other guys bikes as well that Bridgstones front tires cup out quickly. As luck would have it of course my 08 GT came from the dealer with Bridgestones. I'm sure 6,000 miles from now, I'll be mounting a set of Metzler's Z-6's. Back to your pricing question labor here is about $90.00 per hour looks like he hit you for 1 1/2 hours labour the rest is all that B.S. charges including the famous disposal charge for the old tires which they actually sell, and make money on. Don't let the price stop you from putting on new tires, it's the most important piece of equipment on the bike.
I don't know where you live, but not only do dealers have to pay to have old tires taken away. NYS has a $2.50 charge for every new tire sold.
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Just had the 12K service done and had two Avon Storms thrown on. $400 for the tires and $65 per tire to 'Renew' ( remove from bikes, dismount old tire, mount new tire , balance new tire, and reinstall).

Looking at some of the mounting and balancing machines available, What is the consensus?

At 130, a machine would pay for itself in 5-7 changes.

The Z-6s were getting squirrelly.

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