I just got one done, they called it a master tune. They more or less take everything - I mean everything - apart and put it back togeather. 485.00 incuding new drive belt, recharge of all my shocks, hyfax, wear bars, all the oils and a choke switch. They also rebuilt the clutch will all new components.
This is a sore subject w/me. Took both of my sleds to Nielsens (have always done the work myself, but thought it was time for a dealer to look at them) last year, and asked them to call me w/an estimate. They called about a week later and said my sleds were "done". They did about a thousand dollars worth of work w/out calling me first; can you imagine how p'd off I was? This was the last straw w/them...I have $300 of store credit to use up and then I will never visit their store again.
Anyway, I usually spend about $500/yr per sled...of course this usually includes accessories too.
Nickels and dimes for me. I do it all here at home.
With a service manual/basic hand tools and a little elbow grease most folks can handle that type of servicing themselves. Plus if you invite a buddy over to help its a good time to tell some lies and knock back a few refreshments (bettter results===easy on the refreshments till the works done)
Cost more in beer than parts. Me and the guys get together and give'm a once over. I would NEVER take it to a dealer, I know more than most of those idiots do anyway. Not bragging, but the new generation of mechanics are almost retarted and I wonder how they ever got the job!
I always doo it myself, I have seen these so called pre-season check up deals for less than 100 bucks, there is no way you can charge $50.00 an hour for labor and dissasemble and clean RAVE valves, both clutches, carbs, and check out the suspention, add some parts and materials and do a good job in 2 hours or less, at least I can't.
And they can't be replaced because trade schools are all but empty these days. The high cost of tools likely has alot to do with it. I remember back in my days as an apprentice (ya we had electricity and running water then) I lived on almost nothing while paying off my tools. My boxes/hand tools are worth in the neighborhood of $50,000 plus. I don't know how an apprentice (unless single and living at home) could ever dream of paying off such a cost.
well, im actually thinking of going to the trade school, about 5 mins away from my high school. half the day spent there, the other day spent at my regular school. ill take some sort of mechanics if i go. and the best part is they let you bring your things in!! one of my friends as got his sled in there working on it!
good luck sledcrazy ,do well,back to the first question,I do all my own general labor on my sleds/toys,#1 the dealers are way expensive,#2 I always do a better job than the walking clueless at the dealership,cause its my stuff,#3 if I'm over my head I've got a bud that is a former mechanic/present moterhead that only charges $15 an hr. and thats cheap at twice the price,anyhow a preseason checkup at a dealer should be around $60 to $80 U.S.,unless they stumble across a problem,then watch out ??? later, SWRules
I agree about the poor knowledge of some mechanics....... and that the cost of the tools they use are somewhat outrageous....
I think the main reason why there aren't many competent mechanics is because many of the dealers don't want to pay the mechanics the kind of money they are asking for.... I mean really, if you were a good mechanic and people knew it, would you take 10 bucks an hour from a dealer who was pocketing 45 an hour for your work, or would you go out on your own and take 20-25 an hour ???? Just gotta hope you have the resources to support it....
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