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SassyChassis went to the stealership to see what it would take to get her new Michelin Power Pures installed. We had bought a set for her bike from a local Grom rider (thanks Shoebacca). I did not go as I am always curious to see how a service department treats a lady. Sassy knew how much I had paid for mine to be mounted at another place so she was informed before she walked in.

He immediately hit her at $85 plus tax and shop fees. He jacked it up another $20 when he found out she didn't buy the tires from them. Over $100 to mount tires that cost less than that to BUY!

Since I had trouble getting my stands to safely lift the Grom, I created this contraption which worked quite well. Both wheels off in 5 mins and ready for tire mounting. MacGuyver doesn't have these skills! :haha:

BTW - While it worked fine, I take no responsibility if you try this at home.
 

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I am sooooooo going to do this when I change my tires.
 

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I've done contraptions like this on HEAVY bikes years ago. With this little bike you can have a friend hold it up while you go get the tyres mounted.. Bahahaha
 

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I haven't checked but I figure mine will be about the same.
 

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I paid $75 for mine on the bike. This number I can live with. What I can't live with is the dealer jacking up the price, especially if I am paying more for the install than the parts are worth. It isn't about $30 bucks to me, it is the principle.
 

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Yes, folks. I was a little apprehensive :dontknow:about this setup. But it worked out fine.
 

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Almost every shop I've ever been into charges $10-$30 more for tires if you didn't buy them from them. Very common even with cars. Its all about trying to get that extra initial sale and take some back from online shops.
 

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True. I have spent more to buy things from a dealer when the service was good. In fact, our conversation before she went was about finding a new place that was closer to home for service. I have been driving across town to another place because I like the people in service and parts. I bought my tires from them knowing I was paying more than what it would cost to have them shipped to my doorstep. We bought her tires from another Grom rider on this board. The whole point of the exercise was because I want someone that I can trust closer to where we live, especially if I'm not around and the wife needs to get something done.

Since it was mentioned, I can get tires mounted and balanced on my car for less money and there are 4 of them.

I don't mind paying for good service but they aren't making money back on the first sale to online shops, they are driving away customers. If you are going to charge more, you had better have good service or at least offer the courtesy of a reach-around. It is the principle more than the money.
 

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Also, when you decide to change your prices, please refrain from the following activities: the heavy sigh, the tsk tsk, and the "oh, now that's gonna cost you..." line. :nono:

I am observant of all these things. This is when it sucks to be a girl! I doubt most of you boys get treated like that.
 

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Also, when you decide to change your prices, please refrain from the following activities: the heavy sigh, the tsk tsk, and the "oh, now that's gonna cost you..." line. :nono:

I am observant of all these things. This is when it sucks to be a girl! I doubt most of you boys get treated like that.
On Long Island, if your not a familiar face in there shop there gonna try to rip you
 

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Do your own change of tire and balance
No Mare tire changer system, get a couple of friends to go in and buy one and do the tire change your self
Tire Changer and Package Comparison Chart | No-Mar Tire Changer

My no mare being put together in my living room
tiller1k

i was thinking about spliting one of these bad boys with u... but then i saw prices. $500-$1500.

i would have to learn how to do a burnout first, and then we would need to go through a tire every week to jusitfy the pro verison...

even the cycle hill at $500/2 = $250 /$80 = 4. if a rear tire is good for 5000-7000 miles. i would need to change it about every year. and at the fourth year it would finally pay off... the ROI would only make sense if u have multiple bikes and love doing burnouts...
 

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I might be able to justify something like this. We do have a good hookup now but if I start racing, I could see this being worthwhile. Thanks Cisco!
 

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tiller1k

i was thinking about spliting one of these bad boys with u... but then i saw prices. $500-$1500.

i would have to learn how to do a burnout first, and then we would need to go through a tire every week to jusitfy the pro verison...

even the cycle hill at $500/2 = $250 /$80 = 4. if a rear tire is good for 5000-7000 miles. i would need to change it about every year. and at the fourth year it would finally pay off... the ROI would only make sense if u have multiple bikes and love doing burnouts...
Do Like I do charge your friends for changing their tires or rent your unit out to friends so they know how to change their own tire, This is America learn how to make the money back that you spent on the tire changer. When I say rent meaning your friends come over with their tire/rim and use your changer at your house. Rent payment could be a 6 pack of beer/wine and $10-20 in the party bucket so that you can buy pizza and stuff when you have a Grom/football/baseball game party.

No one likes their rims scratched by the tire monkey tech.

You can have a tire changer party and stuff like that.
 
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