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T-Willy
post May 11 2010, 10:10 PM
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NR, BC, Softail riders, what tire do you run in the front?

As Ty reminded me the other day, my front tire is looking pretty bald. I would like to get something other than the stock Dunlop 402. (I am not impressed with the depth of the tread) CycleGear has a sale this coming weekend 20% off all Dunlop and Metzler. Problem is I can't afford to do the rear yet. Do I stay with the Dunlop to match the rear?

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post May 11 2010, 10:18 PM
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I'm using Dunlops front and rear. Only thing is the one on the rear is a replacement or substitute for the original design for that 200. Saw on Dunlops web page that is so. Was told the reason was the original compound wore out too quickly. Front is exactly the same as what came from factory.
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post May 11 2010, 10:37 PM
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Replaced the Dunlops on wife's Nightrain and my Dyna with Metzler 880's (I think) Handled and steered much better, lasted about as long as the Dunlops. I did replace both front and rear at the same time. Don't really know if there is a problem with different front / rear tires. Can't see that would be a problem.

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post May 12 2010, 12:36 AM
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Tread pattern plays part in the rain, for economic reasons stick with dunlop its a "harder" tire .....metzler is a softer tire "more traction in the rain"
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post May 12 2010, 06:13 AM
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Metzler 880's work great for me!
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post May 12 2010, 10:35 AM
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And go up one size in the front...it helps
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post May 12 2010, 08:08 PM
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I run a Metzler 880 Marathon 90/90-21 up front and a Dunlap Screaming Eagle 180/60-17 in the back. Works great.
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post May 13 2010, 05:27 PM
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Great, so its about 50/50 on the feedback. My only hesitation with the Dunlop is brand new the tread looks like its barely 1/8" inch deep. I guess I will probly go with it anyway since its a couple bucks cheaper and I don't know when I'll do the rear to match. (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/wacko.gif)
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post May 13 2010, 09:14 PM
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Well, you don't have to match the rear to the front. You can try one. Or the other.
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post May 13 2010, 09:33 PM
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Just my opinion, but I would go with the Metzler. A few bucks more but better tread wear. Thats why I changed from the Dunlap.
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post May 13 2010, 11:12 PM
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QUOTE(Blackcloud @ May 13 2010, 07:14 PM) *
Well, you don't have to match the rear to the front. You can try one. Or the other.



QUOTE(OakR8R @ May 13 2010, 07:33 PM) *
Just my opinion, but I would go with the Metzler. A few bucks more but better tread wear. Thats why I changed from the Dunlap.



Okay, you guys might have me sold.... (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/thanks.gif) I'll let you know..............
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post May 16 2010, 12:26 AM
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Brokedown and picked up a Dunlop today. I got it at Cycle Gear 20% off paid $79 otd. I would have bought the Metzeler if they stocked it. Even checked more than one location. Bottom line is the numbers on that little clock at the top of the page are getting smaller and knowing me I'll fuck around until the last minute and run out of time.

Now I got to get it ON the rim. No lift, (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/blink.gif) hate to take it to the dealer and grab my ankles, but might have no choice. Wonder if I can throw it over a shoulder,ride in, wait while they do it.? (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/huh.gif)
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post May 16 2010, 06:25 AM
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T-Willy, isn't there an indy or some old salt that knows how to put tires on that you can go to?
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post May 16 2010, 04:44 PM
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QUOTE(Blackcloud @ May 16 2010, 04:25 AM) *
T-Willy, isn't there an indy or some old salt that knows how to put tires on that you can go to?



Yeah, borrowed a lift (RED) from my buddy who's coming to the May rally. Bike is on the lift and front wheel removed. I know cycle gear (where I bought the tire) changes them and I've had them do dirtbike tires for me just wasn't sure if I should trust them with Harley stuff. I probably will at this point, and I think its really cheap since I bought the tire from them. Just hope its not some douche bag kid.
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post May 16 2010, 09:03 PM
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Well, if it's any consolation, even dealers foul up. A buddy of mine here had the dealer replace his front tire and ended up getting a warped rotor disk out of the deal. Cost him more money to fix that.

The "kid" at cycle gear might be your best bet. Good luck with it. You'll know the first time you ride it if it was done right.
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post May 16 2010, 10:47 PM
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QUOTE(Blackcloud @ May 16 2010, 07:03 PM) *
ended up getting a warped rotor disk out of the deal. Cost him more money to fix that.


Precisely what I'm worried about. Oh well. Its the most "economical".
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post May 18 2010, 11:22 PM
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Got my wheel back tonight.

$79 for the tire
$35 for installation with new tube.

AND, they assured me they didn't let the douche bag kid near it!


Livermore Harley wanted $107 just for installation. (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/finger2.gif)


Now I just gotta get somebody to help me lift this RED bike lift into my truck so I can return it to my buddy. (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/hysterical.gif)
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post May 19 2010, 12:37 AM
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Sweet................. tire was pretty bald! ......you coulda came up here! saved 10 bucks on mount an balance but spent 15 on gas!
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post May 19 2010, 06:55 AM
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Ha! AFTER the action is complete. Isn't that always the time you hear of a better offer? lol


Glad that worked out for you. Wear tight underwear so when your nuts pop from lifting that heavy RED lift, you'll be able to find them and sew them back on.
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post May 19 2010, 08:37 AM
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Yo Willy:

Day late, dollar short: I just finished putting my tire on my new rim. Sucks cocks in hell!!!!

You were better off doing what you did and spending the coin on someone else getting it on. After three tire irons, turning my back on the wheel, while it was on the stand, and then hearing roll off, crash into my workbench, and then bounce on the floor a few times i wanted to put a for sale sign on the fucking bike.

This wrenching shit is not for the weak of heart. Deuce04 once asked if I put a mallet to every thing i wrench. Pretty much..... (IMG:http://www.harleyshoptalk.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/whistling.gif)

Getting the tire onto the rim is really not a one man job. Think about it, three tire irons and two hands. I used the lip of the work bench as a "third" hand. finally got it on (after cursing loud enough for the neighborhood to hear me.) I have a nice size air compressor and could not get the fucking tire to seal on the rims lip. Spent three days, between 8:00 am and 9:30 am trying to get the mother fucker to seal. Finally..... took it to an indy and he filled up the tire and balanced the wheel for $20.00.

For my next maneuver, I'll be installing new steering bearings. If I come up with any new curse words I'll post them up.....

ride safe
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QUOTE(T-Willy @ May 11 2010, 10:10 PM) *
NR, BC, Softail riders, what tire do you run in the front?

As Ty reminded me the other day, my front tire is looking pretty bald. I would like to get something other than the stock Dunlop 402. (I am not impressed with the depth of the tread) CycleGear has a sale this coming weekend 20% off all Dunlop and Metzler. Problem is I can't afford to do the rear yet. Do I stay with the Dunlop to match the rear?

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Going to be putting on a Metzler880 120/70/21 pretty soon to match the Metzler on rear.
Will post pictures when I'm done
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