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Odd that the dealership adds a surcharge for non-purchased from them tire install.
Dealers don't want that business. I used to install them at my shop, no matter where you bought them, but had to stop that when people would bring me a 12 year old tire they got off Craigslist for $20 and want me to mount it on their 900 pound touring bike for their big trip, then complain three days later that it isn't holding air and I must have done something wrong. Heck I had a guy bring me a tire with cord showing to get it installed, because it had less cord showing than the one he was replacing. Those are the guys that come back two weeks later swearing on their mothers lives that the tire was "almost new" and I must have mounted it wrong to have it wear out that fast.
 

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Yeah, that rubbed me off the wrong way too....punishment for not buying from them. Labor is labor. Anyway, the best bang for the buck is to get deals on tires online and bring the wheels or bike into the dealership.
Where are you located. You might want to check out any local BMW clubs. They usually have every thing to change tires and might help you out. I'm in Maryland and change my own tires.
 

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HI guys,

I just wanted to run this by you since I just started looking for my first set of TKC80 tires in years!
I have a 2021 UGS so I called my local BMW shop and they quoted me $248.95 for a front and $303.00 for a rear....plus install, $50 for both if I bring the wheels in or $135.00 if I bring the bike in. Since I don't have all the stands and experience with this bike, I'd rather bring them the bike and ride away knowing they worked on it with the proper tools.
Anyway, I went online and the prices are quite a bit less so what gives?
Thanks!
A lot of dealers will price match price of the tire. It doesn’t hurt to ask. They get you on the service. Its much less If you do find a way to do it yourself. TKC80s are bias ply, making them much easier to spoon on. We don’t use the nomar most of the time with TKCs.
Investing in a jack stand will likely pay for itself after one tire change. I say take them in off the bike if you can.
Good luck.
 

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HI guys,

I just wanted to run this by you since I just started looking for my first set of TKC80 tires in years!
I have a 2021 UGS so I called my local BMW shop and they quoted me $248.95 for a front and $303.00 for a rear....plus install, $50 for both if I bring the wheels in or $135.00 if I bring the bike in. Since I don't have all the stands and experience with this bike, I'd rather bring them the bike and ride away knowing they worked on it with the proper tools.
Anyway, I went online and the prices are quite a bit less so what gives?
Thanks!
Is there another independent motorcycle shop in your area or another dealer it doesn’t have to be a BMW dealer, the rear wheel comes off with five lug bolts (you have to take the muffler off first two bolts) this takes 5 min the front wheel comes off like any other wheel on any modern motorcycle and installing tires is installing tires it’s the same on any bike (the nine t has tubes but any competent mechanic should be able to deal with that) why would you take it to the BMW dealer if they are going to gouge you for the tires and install? Call around see what other shops will charge you for the tires and install and for just the install if you bring the tires.
 

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That’s insane. Removing your wheels is pretty basic (but obviously critical), and the money you save would go a long way toward a pit bull stand or two. Keep in mind the rear is going to last you about 5000 miles on that bike.
 

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For comparison Performance Cycle here in Denver charges $25 per wheel off the bike. TKCs were about $300 for both if I remember correctly.


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Where are you located. You might want to check out any local BMW clubs. They usually have every thing to change tires and might help you out. I'm in Maryland and change my own tires.
Sorry for the late reply...
I'm in Tucson, AZ
It's all good, I figured I'd buy them online and have them installed at the dealer...that is a good deal and I'm fine with it. Next time though, I'll have stands and other tools I used to have and like a dummy I sold them because I wasn't using them...
Anyway, thanks for suggesting a BMW club, it never cross my mind, I'll check for one.
Thank you!
 

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Is there another independent motorcycle shop in your area or another dealer it doesn’t have to be a BMW dealer, the rear wheel comes off with five lug bolts (you have to take the muffler off first two bolts) this takes 5 min the front wheel comes off like any other wheel on any modern motorcycle and installing tires is installing tires it’s the same on any bike (the nine t has tubes but any competent mechanic should be able to deal with that) why would you take it to the BMW dealer if they are going to gouge you for the tires and install? Call around see what other shops will charge you for the tires and install and for just the install if you bring the tires.
Oh yeah, there are...but like I told shaneturban, I'll buy this set online and have the dealer put them on, for the next set, I'll be ready to take wheels off and all that.
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That’s insane. Removing your wheels is pretty basic (but obviously critical), and the money you save would go a long way toward a pit bull stand or two. Keep in mind the rear is going to last you about 5000 miles on that bike.
Hi flyaway, yeah, insane is correct and the reason I started the thread. "Critical" is also spot on. I've had all kinds of bikes and worked on them myself many times, but I have to feel confident I know how to do it and have the tools to do it, stands will pay for themselves for sure, lol!
I had TKC80s on my 2005.5 KTM Adventure S a few years ago...the don't last much...but neither did my Michelin Power Pilot tires on my 2005 ZX10R, lol! It's rubber, it'll get chewed up by the roads.
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A lot of dealers will price match price of the tire. It doesn’t hurt to ask. They get you on the service. Its much less If you do find a way to do it yourself. TKC80s are bias ply, making them much easier to spoon on. We don’t use the nomar most of the time with TKCs.
Investing in a jack stand will likely pay for itself after one tire change. I say take them in off the bike if you can.
Good luck.
Hi Baloo,

I could ask for a price match I guess, but they don't seem open to that....
I've been looking at jack stands, I'll definitely get one for the next tire change.
Thank you!
 

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Hi Baloo,

I could ask for a price match I guess, but they don't seem open to that....
I've been looking at jack stands, I'll definitely get one for the next tire change.
Thank you!
Never hurts to ask. Be careful, the jack stand thread rabbit hole is as twisting and deep as any oil thread.;)

kenda big blocks can be an affordable alternative if the have the sizes. I ran a couple sets one summer on a GS.
 

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Oh yeah, there are...but like I told shaneturban, I'll buy this set online and have the dealer put them on, for the next set, I'll be ready to take wheels off and all that.
Thank you!
My local BMW dealer will only put on tires that they sell. At least that's what they told me a couple of years ago.
 

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I had a moto shop for about 15 years, and there were times were the large mail order places were selling tires, delivered, for less than what I pay for them at cost.
I had exactly the same situation. A company called M and P in Swansea were regularly advertising tyres for less than what I could get them for at trade prices.

If a customer complained he could get a pair of tyres £20 cheaper than what I could supply them for, then I'd say 'go ahead'.......as I knew M and P rarely had stock of the products they offered and that they'd be on back order for 6 weeks or more.....whereas I could get the tyres they wanted on a 24hr next day delivery basis.

99% of the time the customer would be back within a day or two sheepishy asking if I could order those tyres for them, which I would......but with my tongue in cheek I'd then explain my tyres were actually £30 cheaper than M and P's prices when I didn't have any!!!

@NA2SA those prices do seem to be well over the top, even from a main dealer. Have you tried at a local tyre shop, as they can often supply and fit bike tyres as well as the usual car and truck rubber?
 

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Guys...I don't wanna be banned again :D
I just wanted to hear your opinions on the tires' price, I'm sure most have gone through at least one set recently.
Here's the main reason for my "market" check:
At the dealership $735.15 for tires, tax and install
Online tires and install at the dealership $541.00

That is a chunk of change man, and now I know.....and maybe you know too:p
Thanks for your input!
That seems pretty steep. I'm in Denver (not a cheap place to live anymore) & ordered mine from a local store but online purchase & drop shipped to a tire & wheel specialist a couple miles from my house that charged me about $100 to mount them. My prices:

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