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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by sfarson, Nov 13, 2004.

  1. anotherguy

    anotherguy Long timer

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    The dealership I recently departed from now will not work on anything prior to '06. Bikes over 10 years old have a higher labor rate. And the most experienced tech on site has 5 years experience.
  2. WYO George

    WYO George I have no idea

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    My dealership will work on any Harleys regardless of age. They have mechanics that don’t rely on the computer to do their diagnostic for them. They also have no issue renting me the dyno to do my own tuning instead of paying their guys to do it, but that’s only because they know me well and know that I used to own an independent shop.
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  3. Kevm

    Kevm Eternal Optimist

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    Yeah but that difference didn't occur in 2005.... it was 06 for the Dyna and 07 for everything else.

    So 04 as a cutoff is mental.
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  4. WYO George

    WYO George I have no idea

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    Weldman Long timer

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  6. shupe

    shupe Long timer

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    And they went to Delphi EFI from M/M in 2002, Can-Bus in 2011? So, yeah, I don't get 2004, either.
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  7. WYO George

    WYO George I have no idea

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    The onboard diagnostics changed between ‘03 and ‘04
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  8. Kevm

    Kevm Eternal Optimist

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    So that still doesn't justify an 04 cutoff weird, and dumb. But I'm used to seeing that from dealers of all brands.
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  9. WYO George

    WYO George I have no idea

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    I’m not saying it does, just pointing out minor changes in those years. I think it’s just a dealership with either too much work or too inept mechanics so they picked an arbitrary cutoff to turn down work.
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  10. Dratharr

    Dratharr Been here awhile

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  11. anotherguy

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    Working on something more than 10 years old (regardless of brand) often turns into a Mongolian Clusterfuck. You get elbow deep into that POS and the owner won't pay for your time. So it's a cost saving move. You oughta know that. If I choose to accept a job on an older bike there's a hefty deposit (typically 50%) and a signed contract before it comes off the trailer. Or you go somewhere else. I will not patch something together 'cause owner is too cheap to do it right. I've spent 40+ years garnering respect and a reputation for doing top shelf work. One job isn't going to hurt that.
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  12. Daniii

    Daniii geezer

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    It will be interesting to see how the local hd shop treats the "lifetime" scheduled maintenance and tire warranty on my '03 over the next few years.
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  13. Kevm

    Kevm Eternal Optimist

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    I don't think they have a choice.
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  14. WYO George

    WYO George I have no idea

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    You seem to be making the assumption that anyone without a brand new bike is a cheapskate that wants halfassed work. Maybe we just have different clientele due to regional differences, but that doesn’t match my experiences. In fact, most of the cheapskates I have dealt with are people who couldn’t afford the new machine so they had to finance it and now they can’t afford to make a payment and pay a repair bill at the same time. The guys with 10y+ yr old machines that want to keep them going have never been an issue in my shop.

    Nowadays that’s not an issue though as I restore 50-80+ yr old cars so every job has the potential for a shit show.
  15. anotherguy

    anotherguy Long timer

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    No assumption just my experience. Of course there are exceptions.
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  16. shupe

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  17. tallbob

    tallbob Been here awhile Supporter

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    Had to get out for a quick ride. Nice and cool in the mountains. :D
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  18. bmw318tech

    bmw318tech Long timer Supporter

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    Put stock pipes and air cleaner back on, WOW! Sounds good and rides good, almost like a bunch of engineers worked on installing this from the factory. My question is how do I figure out if the prior owner changed the mapping in the ECU? Seems to run well. 06 Heritage Softail classic. KIMG0274.JPG
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  19. trumpet

    trumpet Group W Bench

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    Sniff the exhaust, if it's rich, you'll need a PV-1 to remap. If it's not rich smelling and the MPG is good you should be ok.

    What pipes and air cleaner did you remove?
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  20. bmw318tech

    bmw318tech Long timer Supporter

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    Rinehart 2 into 2 pipes, didn't really look like they even had a muffler. KIMG0275.JPG

    The air cleaner was an Arlen Ness? Couldn't really tell, no picture. It used the stock ham can, removed the backer plate and had a round K and N style filter.
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