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Hey All- Just curious if you all are planning on or already have let the dealer handle your first service. I am torn and would really like to handle my own service and save the $300. What are your thoughts? Thanks in Advance
 

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I always let the dealer do the Break in Service, i like my dealer and have used them for years on other Yamaha atvs ive got from them, they have a great service place. I can do oil changes myself, but i always let the dealer do the Diffs, tranny, stuff like that.
 

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Part of the promotion up here in Canada was they give you a free oil change kit and cleaning kit if you pre ordered your Viking before July 15th, 2013. I did my first break in service myself on the Viking and it was one of the easier ones I did. Oil filter and drain plug was really easy to access and so was the drain and fill plugs on the differential. Probably the dirtiest part of the job was cleaning and oiling the air filter because I didn't have any gloves. I'd say if you feel confident enough to do it yourself save the $300 bucks and buy yourself something nice. ;)
 

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I appreciate the response- The dealer mentioned something about cleaning metal shavings from the break in but this kinda sounded like BS so just curious what everyone thought about the First Service.
 

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I appreciate the response- The dealer mentioned something about cleaning metal shavings from the break in but this kinda sounded like BS so just curious what everyone thought about the First Service.
I never seen any metal filings in the oil and if there were it would be caught by the oil filter anyway.
 

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One of the reasons for the break in "first service" is to eliminate any metal shavings that weren't caught during assembly. The other is to check valve clearance after it's been run for x amount of hours. If the dealer is checking the valve clearance it's not a bad idea but if there just changing oil then save your money and do it yourself. I always let the dealer do my first service like Viking2k14 said but specify I want the valves checked then do my own service after that.
 

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One of the reasons for the break in "first service" is to eliminate any metal shavings that weren't caught during assembly. The other is to check valve clearance after it's been run for x amount of hours. If the dealer is checking the valve clearance it's not a bad idea but if there just changing oil then save your money and do it yourself. I always let the dealer do my first service like Viking2k14 said but specify I want the valves checked then do my own service after that.
I bring it back for a valve adjusment but just not at the first service. I worked at a Yamaha dealer for a few years while going to college and very rarely you see any movement in valve tolerances with so few hours. I'm waiting till atleast 150hours before I get them checked.
 

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No.. Do it yourself! 90% of the time they dont check valve clearances. Regardless, check them yourself, its easy to check and adjust valves. Check for metal shavings? LMAO!

Diff fluid changes are easier than changing the engine oil, and there is no reason to change them at 20 hrs, just check the fluid level, which I did when I brought the machine home.
 

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Yes. If your unhappy with that particular dealer go to another one after for future maintenance needs. I drive almost 1.5 hrs to go to another dealer for my grizzly 700. The dealer where the machine is purchased is 25 min away.
 

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I bring it back for a valve adjusment but just not at the first service. I worked at a Yamaha dealer for a few years while going to college and very rarely you see any movement in valve tolerances with so few hours. I'm waiting till atleast 150hours before I get them checked.
Yeah true I've owned eight Yamahas from brand new in the last 14 years and have never had to adjust the valves on any, especially not at 20 hrs.
 

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Another thing, I always cut my oil filter open and have a look, you'd be surprised what you find in there sometimes! My brother in law worked in engineering at QANTAS (our national airline), he used to take the pieces to work and get them analysed under the electron microscope for me, most of the metal fragments that turned up in the filter from new were hard casing, probably excess metal off gears etc (I hope!).
 
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I just picked up my Viking from my local dealer from getting its first service. It cost $175. The replaced some gasket that I'm not sure why. The guy at the counter didn't know and the tech was busy. It was $2.99. I'm going to do some research with the dealer this week and see why it wasn't covered by warranty. Maybe I'm far off on the warranty. I don't know.
 

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I would think it should be covered, Your Viking isn't that old yet is it?
 

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It was probably the drain plug gasket. It is an aluminum crush washer that is usually replace with an oil change.
 

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Started first service today and followed user guide up to Brakes. Will finish everything next weekend after my service manual comes. I took pictures of each step and all consumables to provide proof it was all done correctly.
 

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Purchased the 2014 Viking DVD service manual and plan on doing most routine services. Doesn't take much time and you always learn something new about your machine. Always looking for loose nuts and such during the service. Due to previous posts I will put off a service at the dealership for a value check until more hours on it....
 
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