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Old 06-14-2006, 07:35 AM   #1
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Local rubber vs the net

Another question from the newbie ... do you all think it is better to buy tires from a local shop or order them over the internet and have a shop mount em??? Anyone know if it is cheaper one way or the other??? Do you get better service one way or the other??? Suggestions, advice and even criticisms are all welcome.

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Old 06-14-2006, 07:44 AM   #2
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in my opinion getting them off of the net causes you to have to pay shipping... so in the end the store seems better. right??? plus a lot of the local shops have great tire specials from time to time. and you could get it ALL done at one place.
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pm carbonr1 he can help you more than i can. he always finds great deals.
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alot of shop will NOT mount and balance a tire that you didn't purchase from them for liability reasons.

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I normaly go threw a local shop for the main reason thats its less hassel i just call tell them to order the tire they ok we have it i bring the bike up there and they put it on while i bullshit around in the shop area for 15 mins and i pay then leave...Where as if you order it you pay for the tire then shiiping then you will miss the ups guy bringing it so you have to wait agian then you will be playing guessing games as to when they are going to get there then you have to load the bike in the back of the truck take it all the way to the shop unload the bike then they change the tire then re load the bike haul it back home. See just a big pain in the .
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Be careful on the net, you never know what you are really buying and they do not have to answer to a faulty product like a local shop does.
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only way to save money with moto internet tires (car tires you will most always save money) is to put them on yourself. done right, you save bucks. done wrong, you damage your wheels. just takes practice and the right tools, having the right tools saves you time and money so if you're going this route invest the money up front.
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only way to save money with moto internet tires (car tires you will most always save money) is to put them on yourself. done right, you save bucks. done wrong, you damage your wheels. just takes practice and the right tools, having the right tools saves you time and money so if you're going this route invest the money up front.
after going thru on average 5 or 6 tires a year between the 2 bikes i now do my own tires.
I have found that Tejas motorsports in Highlands is the cheapest place around to buy my tires and somewhat close to me.
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I have seen the local shops with better pricing then on the net. Try out Patrick over at Motorcycles-Unlimited.
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internet vs local shops for tires

I agree with everyone to buy from your local dealers. Just as cheap considering the shipping and some shops will not mount internet tires. Though I did recently purchase both front/rear Dunlap 208-zr for only $159.99. With shipping and tax the total was $183.19 and I received them in 7 days. This was a Cycle Gear close out deal. The cheapest and friendliest peeps I dealed with was Tejas Motorsports and Motorcycles Unlimited as others have mention as well. Believe it or not Honda of Houston was as cheap to mount as anyone. The Yamaha shop between 249 and Jones rd off FM 1960 was the most expensive.
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I buy my rubber from the tire shop in Pasadena. The guys there always have cut better deals when asked and have always done good work when I ride in to get my tires changed out. I might pay a little more but I prefer to do business with someone that gives me a handshake than someone that I'll never meet. You'll pay more $$$ for getting the tires changed out at a shop when you carry them in and don't forget that these guys are here running a business to service our rides, keeping in mind that you always look for the best deal for your $$$.

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