Re: vmax on craigslist
We had a local guy that charged $1000 also. Actually that is what he quoted. Don't think he got any takers that I knew about. He had to close his shop and go back to work for a Yamaha dealer when the economy tanked. He had a dyno and a pretty nice shop too. Most charge about $400 labor plus whatever needs replacing. Obviously that doesn't include any of the diaphragms.
I'm surprised you needed new diaphragms for a 2003. I've done the carbs on two 97's and one 95 and none needed any new diaphragms (either regular or accelerator pump).
Buying a set of used carbs can be tricky as you don't know what parts/repairs, etc they will need. Unlikely they will be in great shape though.
Don't think Patmax was criticizing but was just amazed at what some people charge for the work.
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