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Question Independent vs. Dealer

If you've used an independent certified Harley mechanic instead of the dealer for service, etc., do you find the overall cost to be more, less or about the same?

If you lean toward independent AND are familiar with the New Orleans area, do you have a recommendation for an independent mechanic?

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If you've used an independent certified Harley mechanic instead of the dealer for service, etc., do you find the overall cost to be more, less or about the same?

If you lean toward independent AND are familiar with the New Orleans area, do you have a recommendation for an independent mechanic?

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Cost is usually less. I paid $75 per hour at my indy vice $89 at the dealer. However my indy did fail to install my front end correctly after my monotube install. Needless to say I go to the dealer now.

.....And here comes some asshole saying "Do it yourself" .....wait for it

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i'm with J, do it yourself, if nothing else, service of fluids. most reciently i've frequented a couple 'independants'.. if i cant do it myself, it'll go back to harley...

many independants are so backed up on work that they get... independant. had one tell me it would take a 2-2.5 hours labor to change out the handle bars on my wifes sporster, when paying, 7 hrs! F me. he didnt get seven but i didnt get 2.5 either. i'll not go back to him. another told me he would not put castrol 20-50 ('96 evo/carb) in at oil change time.. even if i brought it in myself.. i've run 20-50 since 1988.. but hes 'certified'.. the school told him so. harley is more expensive but and will stand behind their work, the independant 'might'.

I never thought i would type the words above, selecting Harley service over the local guy. if you have a GOOD independant youre lucky, use him, til he screws you or leaves you hanging.


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I luckily have a certified harley mechanic in my very extended lol, family. and another non certified but very talented wrench who is a friend. I still screwed up and got the 5k on my fatboy at the dealer. Didnt realise it was such a rip.
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For the stuff that I do not want to do I send to an Indy. I do not trust the dealer for many reasons but I will buy parts from the dealer. I pay $65 an hour and have the best indy in the state of Minnesota. Always try and do the stuff yourself, but hey, this is America and if you don't want to, that is cool too!
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As much as I hate to go to the dealer, lately I would have to agree with "piggs", the indy that I've used is so backed up until they're telling you to schedule a week before if you want a tire change...... I'm a mostly DIY kind of guy anyway unless it comes to going into the engine, and after my last experience, I'd probably do that now also. Hey RR......DIY, lol.

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I do a lot of my stuff as well , tires , brakes , fluids , but the older I get , the less I want to fool with very much beyond that , even though I can and do sometimes ..

There is no good Indy around here that I know of , but I don't stay in the loop on that ..

The dealer here has some good guys and I would take my chances with the dealer before the Indy , as I stand a better chance of having them stand behind what they do ..

A digression in defense of the dealers :

Lotsa people give the dealers the third degree , but in their defense ( I used to work for one ) , their overhead is astronomical and they are in business to make a profit , if they don't make a profit they are out and it hurts everyone in the area . My local dealer isn't perfect , but I prefer him over some of the others I would have to use if he had to close his doors

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I have used both,the dealer where i bought my 2012 has a very good tech who also does there dyno work,a dealer 10 mins from work also has the same going on for it,on my 01 i did all my own work 95 inch,cams ,upgraded the swingarm bushings ect,after 11 years of ownership the only thing i didnt have to work on was the lower end and internal trans parts a thrid dealer in my area i wouldnt let them work on my wheelbarrow also a good indy shop in the area,so i guess it depends on who you trust the most.
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I am pretty lucky I guess. One if my best friends is the best wrench any where here. I honestly don't even know the hourly rate, but I know the quality if his work, and I will take his handshake over any warranty offered by HD. What's cool to me is I am in the shop working along side him on my bike. I learn something each and every time I go to the shop, whether its working in mine, or handing him a wrench while he's working in another. Ya can't do that at the HD shops due to liability. So for me it's independent all the way.

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