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I picked up a 2004 999s for a decent price that is in very good condition for 19,500 miles. It seems it needs the desmo service since I have the wrench icon on the LCD and I dont have any service history documents. The ducati shop here in NYC gave me a service quote for $2100. This is at a $75/hr labor rate.

What do you all think? The front fork seals need to be replaced as well as one of them has just started leaking and they said it could be about $700 just to service the forks.

Any insight would be appreciated!
 

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If you don't have the mechanical skill to service your bike, you should try to find someone who can help you out, other than the dealer. Save a lot of money and get the enjoyment of doing your own work. Otherwise, these are expensive bikes to service.
 

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I would definitely not attempt to do it yourself if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing. The 30k km service is not just new belts and a valve adjustment, it’s also disassembling the rear end to check and re-grease the hub, re-greasing steering bearings and/or replacing them if they’re worn. At 30k km, you also have to pull the pre-filter and clean that out. To get to the vertical valve cover, you have to pull the tank, air box, and throttle bodies, and on some bikes the battery box as well.
 

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Im trying to get more of a sense of what a reasonable price is for this service so that maybe I can ask the service manager to give me a better quote. The fork seals need to be replaced as well so that will add to the total cost of this service.

They are great people at the Ducati New York store and they gotta pay their techs, I'm just trying to get more educated about this service and what other owners have paid. Seems like the price has exploded recently for this.
 

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Sounds fair, with the forks.
Thats without the fork service. I just found out that the valves and belts were serviced at the appropriate mileage (15,000) from the previous shop in Long Island (Supermoto Italia). That guy said the next service interval will be about 21,000 miles. I really dont know anything about ducati service intervals so maybe someone could comment on that.
 

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Main thing is belts and valves on the desmo. Valves clearances are checked making sure they are in spec. For a 999 that service is probably every 7500 miles. Belts are not bad, it's the valves if they are out of spec that will be rough. If shims are needed cost is going up and labor for it. Like mentioned above majority of the bike is taken apart and checked like rear hub. Most of the items for a $2100 service are labor. It seems inline with what my local dealer charged I paid $1600 and no fork seals.
 

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I picked up a 2004 999s for a decent price that is in very good condition for 19,500 miles. It seems it needs the desmo service since I have the wrench icon on the LCD and I dont have any service history documents. The ducati shop here in NYC gave me a service quote for $2100. This is at a $75/hr labor rate.

What do you all think? The front fork seals need to be replaced as well as one of them has just started leaking and they said it could be about $700 just to service the forks.

Any insight would be appreciated!
I'd say $1,200 to $1,800. If they're charging only $75/hour these guys are over-charging you at $2,100. You absolutely need to do the forks (if you plan on keeping the bike). If you don't address the forks, the oil will leak into your front brakes and you won't be able to stop

IMHO for $2,100 they should be able to do both the Desmo service and the forks
 

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I did my own belts here in Oz on my ST4. Belts came from UK via Ebay. Total job cost me about $60US and a few hours in the sun with a nice coffee. Got a mechanic to change the fork seals on my ZX12r Kwaka missile...$350.00 A (about $200US). Ducati mechanics always seem to overcharge for both parts and hours of labour.
 

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I'd say $1,200 to $1,800. If they're charging only $75/hour these guys are over-charging you at $2,100. You absolutely need to do the forks (if you plan on keeping the bike). If you don't address the forks, the oil will leak into your front brakes and you won't be able to stop

IMHO for $2,100 they should be able to do both the Desmo service and the forks
I actually looked at the quote again and its $75/ half hour lololol
 

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A guy in my garage saw me tinkering on the bike today and started up a conversation about the needed maintenance and he has nearly convinced me to take on the fork seal job myself. I replaced the intake manifold gasket and the 2 knock sensors on a Escalade esv with a vortec max engine and still have the digi torque wrench from that job and he said if I can do that the fork seals are easy with the right tools. The garage I keep my duc at has a pro service bay with lifts and stands etc. so I might just do this myself.

Anyone have any experience with those Ohlins forks??
 

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Don't forget it can take an hour to get the fairings off my ST3, then in my case the battery box has to come off if you are doing the belts, and a special short plug spanner is needed to get the rear cylinder right hand plug out ,so it all adds up, but yes if you are new to Ducs/bikes do not do it yourself with out help, can end in expensive tears, I have had my ST 6 years and still learning, good luck!
 
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