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Old 06-18-2013, 02:50 PM   #1
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Tiger 800 - 6,000 Mile Service Co$t?

There are two local Triumph dealerships close to me, so I called them both to get estimates on the 6,000 mile service for my T800. One quoted $360 and the other $250. Is this kind of disparity normal? And, if not, which one is right?

I'm a (relative) newbsaucer, so this is all new to me. Thoughts?
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:22 PM   #2
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There are two local Triumph dealerships close to me, so I called them both to get estimates on the 6,000 mile service for my T800. One quoted $360 and the other $250. Is this kind of disparity normal? And, if not, which one is right?

I'm a (relative) newbsaucer, so this is all new to me. Thoughts?
How about $50 to change the oil and filter yourself?
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:57 AM   #3
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The $250 is closer to what my local dealer charges.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:59 AM   #4
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How about $50 to change the oil and filter yourself?
No kidding. That's about what it cost me.

But I already own Dealertool, so syncing the throttle bodies cost me nothing but my time. Resetting the service interval -- same thing.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:15 AM   #5
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+1 for Dealertool. Well worth the money to do all the service yourself and turn off the wrench on the dash.

The tiger 800 is about as dead simple to change oil on as a bike can get too!
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:34 AM   #6
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I paid 160 Euro including 21% VAT in official dealership in Belgium.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:49 AM   #7
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Where are you guys getting the "dealer tool"? my dealer is almost 800kms away from my front door and it would be nice if i could reset that wrench myself. also whats the tool cost?
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:00 AM   #8
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Where are you guys getting the "dealer tool"? my dealer is almost 800kms away from my front door and it would be nice if i could reset that wrench myself. also whats the tool cost?
What (s)he said^^^.
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:08 AM   #9
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I changed the oil and filter on my 2011 roadie this past weekend. Oil, filter, and oil filter wrench cost around $50.00.

Only had around 4700 miles on the odometer.



4700 miles......

I'm spending way too much time on my KLR.



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Old 06-19-2013, 08:18 AM   #10
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Where are you guys getting the "dealer tool"? my dealer is almost 800kms away from my front door and it would be nice if i could reset that wrench myself. also whats the tool cost?

http://dealertoolcouk.ipage.com/
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:20 AM   #11
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http://dealertoolcouk.ipage.com/

received mine in 5 days, cost about $116
install was a bit confusing

Edit, yossarian beat me to it
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:37 AM   #12
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+1 the Dealertool cost aboout $120 shipped, and if you want additional ecu keys for additional bikes they are around $45. I got set up for $150 for both our tigers and the cable and CD arrived in about 5 days.

You install the software, plug into your bike and it tells you the ECU number. You then email the ECU number (or numbers in my case) to dealer tool and they email back the unlock key(s). They did that over night.

Keep the unlock keys in a safe place so that if you ever reinstall the software you just punch them in again. I already reformatted my PC once since the original install and the reinstall / unlocking worked flawlessly.

Overall, its a very good value and super easy to use.
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:45 PM   #13
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When I look at the service interval, the only thing I see of "value" that the dealership is doing is an oil change. I'm pretty sure that doing the oil change and checking to make sure all of the nuts and bolts are snug (should be doing that anyway, right?) would pretty much cover the 6K service.

They balance the throttle bodies, but that seems unlikely to be an issue at this mileage, right? Ditto the chain and cables being "adjusted". I look and it seems everything is "checked" rather than replaced. And, if something were an issue, it seems to me it would be readily apparent.

So why am I paying this much for what essentially is an oil change? Or am I missing something?
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:55 PM   #14
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When I look at the service interval, the only thing I see of "value" that the dealership is doing is an oil change. I'm pretty sure that doing the oil change and checking to make sure all of the nuts and bolts are snug (should be doing that anyway, right?) would pretty much cover the 6K service.

They balance the throttle bodies, but that seems unlikely to be an issue at this mileage, right? Ditto the chain and cables being "adjusted". I look and it seems everything is "checked" rather than replaced. And, if something were an issue, it seems to me it would be readily apparent.

So why am I paying this much for what essentially is an oil change? Or am I missing something?
You don't need the throttle bodies balanced, unless you do.

The chain doesn't need to be adjusted, unless it does.

Ditto with cables, hardware, etc.

Anyone can change the oil for 50 bucks. If you know enough mechanically to determine whether or not the other items need attention and are willing to buy a data cable to plug in a laptop and check the throttle bodies, you probably don't need to pay the dealer to do the service. However, if you don't know how to check/ adjust the other items and aren't handy with a wrench, you probably want to pay them to do the service. If you are looking for someone here to tell you if YOUR bike needs adjustment, the answers will be as good as the inspection we all completed on your bike through the Internet.
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:17 AM   #15
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I need to scan the sheet of all the things the dealer "checked" on my 6000 mile service...
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