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    Default Cost to lube tri glide neck bearings

    Has anyone paid a dealer to lube your 14 and up tri glide neck bearings? I've called all over North Carolina and got an estimates from $155, which I know is ridiculously low, to over $600 which I thought was very high. My manual says it should be done at 25,000 miles. So it should be included in the 25,000 mi service. But it's not. One dealer told me they shouldn't have to be serviced until 50 or 75,000 miles. I could do them myself but if it was only a matter of a couple of hundred dollars I would have it done as it's a real pain in the ass. I know it's a big job but what is the going price?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue1 View Post
    Has anyone paid a dealer to lube your 14 and up tri glide neck bearings? I've called all over North Carolina and got an estimates from $155, which I know is ridiculously low, to over $600 which I thought was very high. My manual says it should be done at 25,000 miles. So it should be included in the 25,000 mi service. But it's not. One dealer told me they shouldn't have to be serviced until 50 or 75,000 miles. I could do them myself but if it was only a matter of a couple of hundred dollars I would have it done as it's a real pain in the ass. I know it's a big job but what is the going price?
    My 2011 triglide had a grease nipples jerk fitting on the neck but itís hard to see and thatís a simple job. I donít know what year ? But with Later triglides they stopped with the grease fitting so now becomes a job maybe somebody can help you on what year they discontinued the fitting (Jerk fitting..?)..
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhino 2 View Post
    My 2011 triglide had a grease nipples jerk fitting on the neck but it’s hard to see and that’s a simple job. I don’t know what year ? But with Later triglides they stopped with the grease fitting so now becomes a job maybe somebody can help you on what year they discontinued the fitting (Jerk fitting..?)..
    '14 and later models do not have the zerk fitting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue1 View Post
    14 and later models do not have the zerk fitting.
    I guess Harley figured they would throw their dealers a bone so that they could charge more than it would be for a simple jerk fitting grease job ..🤔..
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    The 2017 flat rate manual calls for 2.4 hours labor. Doubt that has changed much if any since no changes made to the trike. And if your dealer is like mine they bump up the flat rate hours by 50% so my dealer would charge 3.6 hours labor at $125 per hour plus 5% for shop supplies making it about $475 in labor plus any sales tax and parts. Earlier this year I had the dealer flush the clutch and brake lines on my 2020 TG and the final bill was $446.98 for labor, fluid, supplies and tax. I won't be doing that again . . . and I won't be having the steering stem serviced any time soon. Got 32k on my 2020 TG and it handles just fine. No matter the mother ship says to service at 25k I'm just not doing it until I perceive a need. JMHO and your mileage may vary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultrafxr View Post
    The 2017 flat rate manual calls for 2.4 hours labor. Doubt that has changed much if any since no changes made to the trike. And if your dealer is like mine they bump up the flat rate hours by 50% so my dealer would charge 3.6 hours labor at $125 per hour plus 5% for shop supplies making it about $475 in labor plus any sales tax and parts. Earlier this year I had the dealer flush the clutch and brake lines on my 2020 TG and the final bill was $446.98 for labor, fluid, supplies and tax. I won't be doing that again . . . and I won't be having the steering stem serviced any time soon. Got 32k on my 2020 TG and it handles just fine. No matter the mother ship says to service at 25k I'm just not doing it until I perceive a need. JMHO and your mileage may vary.
    Iím wondering if itís worth the price to drill and tap for zerks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olddog View Post
    I’m wondering if it’s worth the price to drill and tap for zerks?
    I think if you put a zerk fitting on the newer bikes you would be filling a void in the neck with grease and I don't think it would even come close to the bearings. I think the older frames were partitioned so the grease went to the bearings. I could also be mistaken.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue1 View Post
    I think if you put a zerk fitting on the newer bikes you would be filling a void in the neck with grease and I don't think it would even come close to the bearings. I think the older frames were partitioned so the grease went to the bearings. I could also be mistaken.
    I do know when they used to have the jerk fittings. There was a complaint if you grease too much the grease would drip down the tube and onto the front of the engine never bothered me I just wiped up the mess but then again I donít have a trailer queen that has to be spotless..😁..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue1 View Post
    I think if you put a zerk fitting on the newer bikes you would be filling a void in the neck with grease and I don't think it would even come close to the bearings. I think the older frames were partitioned so the grease went to the bearings. I could also be mistaken.
    When they changed the Touring frame is when this no longer worked with a grease fitting

    The change was also made to later Dyna frames also
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    The grease fitting was hit or miss as far as lubricating the steering head bearings.

    Often the grease would not get to the top bearing.

    I think the grease fittings were discontinued because the factory has deemed it necessary to actually inspect the bearings at 25K.
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