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Am I fooling myself?

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  1. vjgjtdron

    Didn't want to hijack the other thread where the poster asked how hard it was do his own valve adjustments, so I decided to start my own and hopefully get some honest answers from you guys.

    Now, let me say that I am by no means mechanically inclined. Other than changing the oil on my grampa's car when I was a kid, and doing very minor things on my car, like changing burnt-out lightbulbs, my experience is nil. This is not to say that I am not interested in learning and doing my own maintenance, quite the opposite. I WANT to learn, however my concern is that I may be fooling myself and feeling overconfident.

    I have an '08 650 Custom and I have finally decided to get some pipes for it. After much research, I have decided to go with V&H ShortShots.

    Talked to four different dealers in my area, and all are quoting anywhere from $700 - $900 (Canadian) for the job of installing the exhaust and rejetting. This seems extremely pricey to me. Every single dealer is stalling on the answer of "how many hours will you charge me for?"... All in unison have been saying "It depends"... At $80/hour these guys charge, I am not comfortable with their answer.

    I was able to find the pipes and the jet-kit at at a lower price than what "Parts Canada" charges and I'm thinking of doing this myself.

    Now my question is, am I way out of my league here? My only justifiable answer is that I feel I am excellent at processing a lot of new information, in fact I write a lot of technical documentation for a living, so I figure if I apply my brain and read the instructions, I could get all this done; time is not a factor here.

    Or should I just bite the bullet and let the dealer do it?

    Your thoughts are greatly appreciated.

  2. VzdarManiac

    wow, that's sounds like ALOT. I paid less for the pipes and installation on my 650. Why not install the pipes yourself, it's not that hard, really. As for rejetting, take a stab at it, worse thing that could happen is you need to have a dealer rejet. I had my old pipes re-installed on my roadstar, with rejetting, and it was $175.

  3. zvambrad

    I thought the same thing with my 1100. I don't know what jet kit you are getting, but from what I have seen come with directions. The Max Air kit I put on required rejetting and I was real leary of doing it. I just followed the directions and it went pretty easy. Hardest part was getting the float bowl screws off.

    Pick up a manual for your ride. Follow that and what comes with the rejet kit and you should be good.

  4. vjgjtdron

    Here is the breakdown I received from all the dealers:

    $379.95 - Pipes
    $71.95 - Jetkit

    $200-350 - Labour (At $80/hour)

    Now, if I order the pipes online, only looking to pay $296.06 plus $77.36 for the jet-kit (All free shipping to the States; I will have these shipped to a UPS store just outside the border, take a ride down, pick them up and only pay 7.00% tax upon re-entry to Canada). This will save me a lot of money.

  5. Hacgzav

    You know what? It might be to your advantage that you have limited mechanical experience. This will make you more attentive to details that other, more experienced mechanical people would miss. I submit that this is why so many shops / dealers do substandard work on other people's vehicles, aside from the fact that many of them don't care since it isn't *their* vehicle...

    Just keep one thought in the back of your head while you are working on your bike. You are not in a race to see how fast you can get it done. No one is timing you for speed, and the only person who really cares if you did the job right is you. Take your time and don't rush. If you get in a pinch, take pictures of where you're having the problem and post them here, and I'm sure that there are plenty of people here who would be willing to help you out. If that should happen, write down where you are in your project so that you know where to pick yourself back up when you get the answer you were looking for.

    Finally, if it's all too much, and no one here can help you through your troubles (which I doubt), then the worst thing that can happen is you have to take it to the dealer anyway to let them sort it out. At least if you attempt it yourself, you give yourself the chance to do it right and save yourself some money.

    Just my 2-cents.

  6. predd

    GMCyclesInc on ebay has the pipes much cheaper, I got the shortshots and jet kit for my 07 650 custom for about $320 (USD) shipped


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