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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-12-2014, 11:01 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up What a difference

Took my bike into the stealership and had my carbs cleaned and sync'd, plugs replaced, air filter changed, front brake pads and new brake fluid flushed n stuff...on my 2007 Custom

Wow, what an incredible difference in the performance of the bike. Two thumbs up for work performed by Highlands Yamaha in Countryside Illinois.

Now the bike is ready for some trips. Just wanted to share my thoughts with you other Vstar owners. Cheers!
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Do you mind if I ask about what that costs? I've had my bike for almost a year and haven't done much but the oil and filter. Thanks!
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Sure the total was like 450 from the stealership. They're always expensive but I know it was done right.

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I took my '06 1100 to my trusted bike shop (not stealership if at all possible). Had the carbs synced and rear drive line maintenance. Pulled everything apart, greased, changed lube and tighten everything up. $132. Pretty much everything else except tires I can do myself. What a difference in performance! I could tell it was lagging a little but it was more than a little. He told me to stop getting gas at convenience stores (we have Sheetz, GetGo and Country Fair around here). I did, and even better performance in the bike and better gas mileage in my Jeep too.
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132 lol, sure as hell won't find that in chicago.

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132 lol, sure as hell won't find that in chicago.
Northwest PA. $50/hour for labor is average here for the private shops. I'm not sure what the dealerships charge anymore.
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Star City Motor Sports in Lincoln, NE charges $62 per HALF-hour. Last year I happened to get up there around Sturgis week, and they were advertising an oil change for "only" $99.95. I didn't ask whether that included environmental disposal fees, "shop supplies," or tax. I also didn't ask whether there would be an extra charge for synthetic oil.
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In Eastern Iowa the posted labor charge is $105 / hr. That might sound high to some, but our local dealership has always allowed me to choose my mechanic. Some are better than others, and my mechanic can do about 2 hours work in one hour. I trust his work completely, and I've let him know that my "1100 Classic" is "our" bike. He is the pit crew, and I'm the driver. I average about 18,000 per year. He makes that possible.

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I leave the carb work to the experts at this stage in my life, but I've been building confidence by changing my own plugs, oil, air filter, final drive oil, etc. It's a great feeling and a great way to save some money.

Around here an oil change is about $100 for dino oil. I can go full synthetic with a K&N oil filter for about $40. Probably took me about an hour the first time, but it sure helped me feel willing to try more and more work for myself. Give it a shot next time, just get a digital version of the service manual and go to town.

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