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At 9300 miles it's time for new shoes already on my 10 wing.
The front is worn and the rear is cupping badly but still has 1/2 the tread left. I am new to wings. After reading here and other sites I have decided to go with Bridgestones. My local dealer wants $75
per wheel for installation- is this in line? These wings are hard on tires. Thanks for any feedback.
 

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Here in Manassas VA, I paid $321.06 for a Metzeler 880 rear. Tire was $225.99 and mounting was $62.40. taxes, valve stem, etc, made up the rest of the final cost. Front tire was $143.99 for tire , mount and balance was $43.20.
 

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Seems prices varies with your location, Most places in Calif charge about $125 to $150.00 to mount and balance both wheels if you ride the bike in. Most will do it for $25.00 a wheel if you bring the wheels in yourself. The back is easy to take off and you can save money by taking that in yourself and then riding the bike in to get the front done, where are you located? Sometimes you will find a shop that is having a sale and get a deal on it.
 

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Thanks for the input Joe. I am in Bend, OR., not a lot of options for dealers here but thought I would also check some Indy's. What started this whole thing was the parts guy at the dealer says they have "the lowest prices in the world on tires." lol
After checking online -they don't ! I figured OK if they had decent prices on the tires
the $75 ea for mounting was probably reasonable.
 

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Ask around. I just put on new E3's and was charged 80.00 for front and back. Total mount/balance/valve stem. That was him taking them off. I did remove the side bags and tag/lower fender area. It took about 40 mins. to remove all the parts - I had to rebuild the rear caliper and instal new pads anyway. That was a good deal.
 

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I brought in my 1200 to my independent wrench, I had the 2 tires in hand. He charged $130 for labor, this was his first time doing a wing tire install and he only charged me for the time he thought it should take not actual time he spent. He rebuilds Enfield Motorcycles, at the time I thought 130 was high but I trust him which is paramount when letting anyone but myself touch my bike!!!
 

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Haven't really concerned myself with installation prices, when I price compare new tires, I am just concerned with one number, how much are they put on and balanced. I don't care how they figure it, they can give or take on either the tire or the labor, my concern is just the number at the bottom of the ticket.
 

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It seem like 10,000 miles, give or take , is nearing the threshold for deciding on new tires for most of us. I have about 7,000 on my rear Metzeler 880's to date and riding season has just started for me. About June I'll be looking for a new rear at least. I am not authorized to divulge the type of tire I will be putting on, but when the deed is done I will certainly share my initial impressions and come 10,000 miles later share my thoughts on it to date.
 

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I've got a ways to go the last of the Michelin Pilots are on mine front and rear. Sure will miss'em when their gone too. I check pressures weekly and keep 42 f and 45 r so they should be there for a while. Two of my friends went through the premature wear and cupping issues way before I got my wing and narrowed it down to pressure. Anyway we do our own tires and have them balanced. Don't know whats going on next since I won't be able to get more Pilots.
 
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