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Grantzphoto
12-14-2010, 08:34 PM
Well the more I look into changing the wheel setup on my maxim the harder it looks like its going to be to change wheels. So to make the current setup look a little better I was thinking of going this route:


It alows me to use another rear wheel on the front.
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b351/COSDEVSVT/Cafe%20XV750/wheel%20conversion/kit-1.jpg

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b351/COSDEVSVT/Cafe%20XV750/100_2392.jpg


Current front for reference:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4130/5222155618_184b67c85e.jpg

I think the size change would be from a (3.5" 90 18) to a (130 90 16). As a plus then I wouldn't have to get lowering springs for the front.

Bob
12-14-2010, 09:01 PM
I like it but I think I'd like it better if the one in the pic had the same size and model tire. The one on the front looks bigger. But i like the look of fat front tires.

Grantzphoto
12-14-2010, 09:41 PM
Yeah I haven't looked too far into options for front tires yet but I'm sure I'll make them the same size once I get a company that can do 130's in the front and rear in a 16"

WILEY
12-15-2010, 01:19 AM
Like the big front tire look.

Alot of the old bikes run the same tires front and rear. Just have to run the front tire in reverse direction. (old style tires too, not modern radials)

RedneckMedic
12-15-2010, 02:04 AM
wouldnt it be easier to swap to a tire with the same axel size for instance i could swap my front tie on my shadow spirit out for the front tire of a shadow ace and everything would match up no problemo but i would be going from a 110-19 to a 140-17 and i like having the front tire taller than the rear.

Gas Man
12-15-2010, 02:18 AM
Yeah I like the fat fronts. Haven't rode one yet though.

But I'm with rugby... keep it taller even when going fatter.

And what rim would it have? Match the rear?

Grantzphoto
12-15-2010, 02:30 AM
There is only one option as far as wheels go for this bike and thats stock lol. The wheels stayed the same through all of the xj production. So although it would be easy to swap a different front wheel because all I have to worry about is the axle. The rear is very hard to change because of the shaft drive and brake housing. So for this I'd be picking up another rear wheel just like mine and putting it on the front instead of having miss matched wheels.

dogbreath
12-15-2010, 02:47 AM
Looks cool! Put some snows on that > : )

apex factor
12-15-2010, 10:16 AM
fat front!

ABI
12-21-2010, 12:11 AM
I love the look of a fat front tire. I put a 150 on a Suzuki C50 a couple years ago and now my Harley bobber has a 130 on the front and back. It makes the bikes feel a bit more sluggish but these aren't sportbikes so it's not that noticable once you get used to it.

Grantzphoto
12-21-2010, 02:40 PM
Where do you peeps get your tires / and mounted around here? Also I'm having a rough time with the tire choices out there the pricing seems all over the place. I've found bridgestone and dunlap tires for $107 per tire and some for $270 per tire. Unlike car tires the price doesn't seem dependent on quality/life/grip. At least to me anyway lol.

Looking for a white walled 130-90-16 I came across these: http://www.amazon.com/Shinko-777-Whitewall-Front-Tire/dp/B001TGPWK2

Never heard of the brand before but they are cheap as f@@k and look decent.

Gas Man
12-21-2010, 02:42 PM
Where is here? Your location just says MI

ABI
12-21-2010, 02:49 PM
I've run Shinko's on several sportbikes. IMO, they're a real good tire for the money. I buy most of my tires off ebay anymore. You can find good deals all the time. I mount them myself and take them to the local dealership for balancing, they only charge me $5 to balance.

Grantzphoto
12-21-2010, 03:29 PM
Where is here? Your location just says MIlol sorry Rochester/Troy

Bob
12-21-2010, 06:49 PM
Where do you peeps get your tires / and mounted around here? Also I'm having a rough time with the tire choices out there the pricing seems all over the place. I've found bridgestone and dunlap tires for $107 per tire and some for $270 per tire. Unlike car tires the price doesn't seem dependent on quality/life/grip. At least to me anyway lol.

Looking for a white walled 130-90-16 I came across these: http://www.amazon.com/Shinko-777-Whitewall-Front-Tire/dp/B001TGPWK2

Never heard of the brand before but they are cheap as f@@k and look decent.

Sport Bike Track Gear is the place for tires and mounting. DTP Muscle was good too but they moved to Florida.

Also, if you email or call Sportbike Track Gear you'll usually get a better price than the one online.

Gas Man
12-22-2010, 10:41 AM
lol sorry Rochester/Troy
Update your location in your details.

I don't have much suggestion for that area though.

Grantzphoto
12-22-2010, 03:59 PM
Update your location in your details.

I don't have much suggestion for that area though.
I wouldn't mind traveling a bit to get it done just need somewhere where it will be done right as the wheels are going to be rattle canned.

ABI
12-22-2010, 04:06 PM
I wouldn't mind traveling a bit to get it done just need somewhere where it will be done right as the wheels are going to be rattle canned.


Not sure what your plan is but paint the wheels AFTER mounting the tires. Paints is easily chipped when mounting tires.