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A friend of mine who has a 996 with about 6k on it says he wants to get his 6k service performed. I tell him it can be affordable if he goes about it right. The only thing that is tough for the regular guy is the valves since it requires a bunch of shims to choose from and getting the belt tension correct. I told I would strip the bike down to the point that the tech can do his job instantly. I removed the body, airbox, throttle bodies, intake manifolds, battery and holder, belt covers, and oil separator tank. These are simple to remove and the tech spends his time on the real service that needs to be done. The total came to $235 at a Ducati dealership and that included new cam belts. A lot better than $600+ that some have to pay.
 
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Re: Affordable Ducati service....... (Phil 998)

I know of another "Leaker" in need of cam belts!
 
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Re: Affordable Ducati service....... (J.U.996SPS)

Dustins 996 doesn't leak
 
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Affordable Ducati service. there's 3 words i've never seen in a sentence.
 
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No kidding...It's not even afordable when you do it yourself!!
 
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Re: (Tornado-rider)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Tornado-rider »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">No kidding...It's not even afordable when you do it yourself!!
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Afordable compared to what? How much is a valve adjustment on a GSXR100? CBR600?, etc, etc.
 
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Re: (section8superbike)

I recommended the belts due to age, his next service at 12k will be in the $125 range. I am surprised to hear someone feeling that is exorbitant maintenance costs. I have seen shops charge $80 to mount and balance a couple of tires.
 
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Re: (Phil 998)

Actually, they really arent that bad...Mine got a bit out of hand because of all the bad rockers...Oh, and the lightened flywheel...and the new... Ok, fine! I brought it all on myself!!!

But they sure are fun!!
 
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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by mikeinwi. »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Affordable Ducati service. there's 3 words i've never seen in a sentence. </TD></TR></TABLE>

Try: Hand me that piano.

Oh, that's four words.
 
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Re: (Phil 998)

I could sure use some new belts...hint hint
When I was in Oklahoma city, the local dealer charged guys a little over $1,000 for valve jobs.
Now I'm in Hawaii and I don't want to know what they charge here. I don't remeber what they charge for the valve jobs on rice burners but I do remember the big difference in price.
 
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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Mike996 »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I could sure use some new belts...hint hint
When I was in Oklahoma city, the local dealer charged guys a little over $1,000 for valve jobs. :.</TD></TR></TABLE>

I need to move
 
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Re: (section8superbike)

In/around Los Angeles 6K mile service on a 999 cost $1,000.00!
 
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A $1,000 6K service on a 999 at our shop includes a new set or Pilot Powers!
 
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i had a full "dealer" service with valve adjustment on a zx-6R and it was about $450... I was quoted $950 for a major service by an actual ducati dealership! Took it to Ducshop... those guys are much cheaper and know wtf they are doing!!
 
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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Ducshop »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">A $1,000 6K service on a 999 at our shop includes a new set or Pilot Powers!
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I didn't start this thread to get anyone fired up over what they have paid for service. I did this to encourage owners to get to know their bikes better and to see that the things they can't easily do themselves can be done quite affordably and the whole ownership cost doesn't have to be reduced to filling out an application for a federal grant.

I remember back in 1986 when I bought a Porsche and I had never owned a foreign car before. I stood in the garage and just looked at it mumbling "what have I done". I didn't know anything about them and other than the dealer, didn't know where to get parts or help, the internet didn't exist. I soon found out that very few parts are spring loaded and so when you take them apart, pieces don't go flying in twelve directions. I also had some good sources for parts, when needed, and I did all the maintenance myself. It turned out to be very easy to work on and the people who say "oh lord, you don't work on these things yourself, they have to go to a specialist" paid a lot for service.
 
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Hey, last I remember Jap bikes have a much longer recommended service interval for valve inspections, So the Ducati even at the same price costs TWICE as much. This is another area that really hurts Ducati sales, the price of maintenace and parts. I just purchased a closer shim , one for a 2v, form the local theif, (dealer) $22.00 !!!!! you have to be kinding me. Its a liscense to steal. Instead of the flying wing on the old Ducati emblem it should be a dollar sign as you get your wallet vacuumed.
 
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Re: Affordable Ducati service....... (Phil 998)

How are the techs supposed to test ride the bike? I wouldn't take it in for service personally, I wouldn't be able to assure a great running bike afterwards.
 
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Re: (section8superbike)

I did CBR valves that cost as much as Ducati valves.
Just get the manual and do it your self.
If you canr do everything but the valves.
Guys .....its easier than you think.
 
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