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Old 08-21-2014, 11:24 AM   #1
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tire replacement

my stock tires got punctured.
the plug isn't holding.

I'm thinking of buying tires from revzilla to a local place and having them swapped out locally. the question is, would you think its important to have bmw do it, or could i go to any moto place (example harley is right near me).

i have a 2014 F700 GS with ABS and TPMS.
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Old 08-21-2014, 11:39 AM   #2
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Make double sure the independent tech knows about the TPS sensor and knows not to damage the tone ring for the ABS, either or both of those can be an expensive mistake.

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Old 08-21-2014, 11:42 AM   #3
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Will your Dealer install someone else's tires? Mine won't. Buy his at a premium price and he'll let you pay for install too.

Compare Rev's price to where you want to get serviced then see if they'll do it with Rev's tires. You could always bring in one wheel at a time to save a bit.

I am very well informed on TPMS sensors. Didn't stop me from smashing my own. Now the new one has to be paired up to work. Stuff happens.

But no, you don't HAVE to go to the Dealer. Just make sure the ABS and TPMS sensors are not damaged.
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Old 08-21-2014, 01:03 PM   #4
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This doesn't address your question, but consider investing in some tire changing tools and learning to do it yourself. I did that a few tire changes ago and it has already paid for itself. Revzilla sends the tires for free to your house and you save whatever the shop would charge to do the change.
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Old 08-21-2014, 05:24 PM   #5
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Changing your own tires is where it is at.
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Old 08-21-2014, 05:33 PM   #6
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Changing them yourself is good to know. But if you want someone to do it for you, it's not necessary to go to the dealer if you have a decent motomechanic in the area.
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Old 08-21-2014, 09:18 PM   #7
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Ok I got nervous so I ordered from revzilla and I'm having a bmw dealer do it. They are basically $30 more then the lowest I found for install. If anything breaks like abs or tire pressure sensors I want it covered under warranty.


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Old 08-22-2014, 06:05 AM   #8
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If anything breaks like abs or tire pressure sensors I want it covered under warranty.
It's not a manufacturer's warranty issue when a mechanic breaks something on your bike, BMW dealer or not. That's damage the mechanic or dealer has to cover. My point is, if you took your bike to an independent bike shop and they broke a TPMS sensor, they are under the same obligation as the dealer's shop to replace it. Still, if you have difficulty finding an independent motorcycle tire shop in NYC that you trust, then by all means stick with the BMW shop.

But remember, bringing tires to a shop that sells tires can be like bringing food to a restaurant. Some shops don't care and gladly do the work; most do care and will remember when choosing their priorities the day you need a repair done quickly before you leave for that long-anticipated trip, or when you really need the dealer to go to bat for you against BMWNA for a major in-warranty or post-warranty claim. In other words, think long-term when trying to save money.

Of course, when you learn to install your own tires, you get the best of all worlds. Cheaper tires, free labor and more confidence with on-the-road repairs.

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Old 08-22-2014, 04:06 PM   #9
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Ok. Now they want to charge $205 with all tax and misc to swap two tires. That's too much. What is the normal rate?


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Ok. Now they want to charge $205 with all tax and misc to swap two tires. That's too much. What is the normal rate?


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Motion Pro makes some great tire changing tools. That is what I did.
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Researching doing it myself. God bless the you tubes.


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Old 08-22-2014, 06:15 PM   #13
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Throw your tires out in the sun and let them heat up. Use something for a lube, I use dollar store Windex. I use a Motion Pro Bead Pro to break the bead and Motion Pro spoons. I cut up milk jugs for rim protectors.
It helps to have a partner that will fetch beer and hold the back side of the tire in the groove of the rim.
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Ok. Now they want to charge $205 with all tax and misc to swap two tires. That's too much. What is the normal rate?
In NYC? Twice everywhere else?

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Old 08-22-2014, 08:41 PM   #15
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In northern Virgnina, bring in wheel and new tire/tube, will be installed & balanced for $39, typically within 30 minutes. This is NOT a BMW shop.
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