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What impact does doing modifications have on the warranty? Seems like modifications would give Yamaha the ability to refuse to cover a repair. For example, if I change the tail light can Yamaha refuse to cover other electrical components not directly related to the tail light?
 

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In talking with my dealer service manager he said the bike competition is so tough right now they will do most any repair they can under warranty. I recently put on a 250 and removed the lower belt guard. I was basically told not to sweat it so I think it really more than anything depends upon your relationship with your dealer.
 

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The short answer is no. If you do a modification and they say it's because of your mods then they must prove that with facts they can not just say it. If your bike is backfiring it's not because you put your license plate on the side of your bike?
 

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The short answer is no. If you do a modification and they say it's because of your mods then they must prove that with facts they can not just say it. If your bike is backfiring it's not because you put your license plate on the side of your bike?
The minute I put my plate on the side it started backfiring....... I like that good one !
 

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If they ever tried saying that it won't be under warranty just say Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act that will shut them up real quick. As said they have to be able to prove that it caused the problem like putting on a fuel programmer then it shorted out and fried your ECU.
 

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Depends on what your mod is. If you drill holes in your exhaust, you can kiss any warranty on the exhaust away. If you change your headlight and something happens to the lighting then it would be under warranty if a dealer did it. If you did it it may still be under warranty, but they could refuse. I know some will post back that a dealer doesn't have to do the work, but the company can claim unless your qualified then something you did may have caused the problem. Reverse wiring etc. But on my last bike I had a 3 year warranty and never used it once. The bikes today really are trouble free.

The most important thing is to have a really good relationship with your dealer. They are the ones who will be doing the warranty and they get paid by Yamaha. So they won't care about doing the work under warranty and claiming its factory problem if they like you. :)
 

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The most important thing is to have a really good relationship with your dealer. They are the ones who will be doing the warranty and they get paid by Yamaha. So they won't care about doing the work under warranty and claiming its factory problem if they like you. :)
I guess I'm sh)t outta luck then :D
 

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My dealer does all my work at discounted prices on labor regardless of where I buy the parts. I also get a warranty for as long as i own the bike.
 

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i did the "stage one" exhaust mod and my dealer said it would be no issue with exhaust.......however an exhaust issue would just be a excuse to buy new set of pipe's. next thing someone will tell me changing the exhaust will void my engine warranty....
 

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If they ever tried saying that it won't be under warranty just say Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act that will shut them up real quick. As said they have to be able to prove that it caused the problem like putting on a fuel programmer then it shorted out and fried your ECU.
AAAAHH i knew their was a name for it but could not think of it at the time.
 

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Called my dealer after reading this post, they said drilling holes voids the warrenty, and can cause loss of power, most guys say there is no power loss, I would just go with new pipes, plus if you look at some of these pics with the cobras on them, they look awesome.
 

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Called my dealer after reading this post, they said drilling holes voids the warrenty, and can cause loss of power, most guys say there is no power loss, I would just go with new pipes, plus if you look at some of these pics with the cobras on them, they look awesome.
I know i am thinking about this for awhile i love the swepts how much louder are they compared to stock? Hmmmmm black or chrome with the black i guess you don't have to worry about blueing?
 

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The swepts are much louder and have a really throaty growl to them. The black part you see are actually powder coated heat shields. So you're right, no blueing.
 

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They are louder than drilled and sound way better, but they are not going to peave your neighbors off unless your revving hard late at night. As for the blueing, I have put about 100 miles on the chrome ones and the pipes are blue already especially where i can see them around the mount at the rear. Doesn't really matter because the heat shield is what you see and that is chrome and looks perfect. So unless your poking your nose way in there you dont see the blue.
 

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Stryker said:
If they ever tried saying that it won't be under warranty just say Magnuson–Moss Warranty Act that will shut them up real quick. As said they have to be able to prove that it caused the problem like putting on a fuel programmer then it shorted out and fried your ECU.
AAAAHH i knew their was a name for it but could not think of it at the time.
You have to be careful with believing this act is going to cover your ass. First if you read the act in its entirety and not just snip its that people want to highlight ( normally highlight what they want to see) You see that its not that black and white. The company doesn't have to prove in its entirety that the mod caused the damage. Also and here's the big one, even if they the company loses the case, it only covers the part. That right the labor is going to be the owner cost. And we all know its the labor that's going to kill you. Lastly to any Canucks, its only in America this act would apply.
 

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I was a service adviser at a nissan dealer. I could get a warranty claim denied if you looked at me wrong if I felt like it. You could give me all the maintenance records you wanted and it didn't matter. One call to the rep and say something is fishy... denied... Not saying i did it much but one guy tried to drag me out back to try and kick my ass... besides my tech grabbing a big ass crow bar. he no longer has a warranty on his car at any nissan dealership. I could also get your car or truck repaired when your out of warranty if I felt like it. I repaired cars under warranty that were sunk in water and the engine was full of water just because the people were cool with me and didnt give me crap. If a person made my job hard it was even harder on them. So word of advice be cool with the dealership and you will get taken care of most of the time. If your not being taken care of. dont ***** or complain. just go to a different dealership and be NICE to them.
 

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Thanks guys....I appreciate the responses on this topic. I don't have an established relationship with the dealer who sold me this bike and I'm not sure I want to continue spending my $ there. I'm going to take my time, shop around, and use the information on this site to make informed mod. decisions. Thanks again.
 

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my local dealer wont do any warranty work on my bike since i bought it from another dealer. I gave them the chance to sell me one if they could get within 500$ of the other shop and when they couldn't, they got pissed at me. now they give me a hard time every time i go in there. 19$ to adjust my headlight. ha. thanks to this forum i did it myself and made sure they knew it.
 

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my local dealer wont do any warranty work on my bike since i bought it from another dealer. I gave them the chance to sell me one if they could get within 500$ of the other shop and when they couldn't, they got pissed at me. now they give me a hard time every time i go in there. 19$ to adjust my headlight. ha. thanks to this forum i did it myself and made sure they knew it.
I would call yamaha customer service on this dealer. It is wrong and im sure against yamaha corp policy to deny legit warranty work. A company as big as yamaha doesn't want a dealer not doing warranty work because you didnt buy a bike there.
 
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