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RedneckMedic
08-06-2015, 10:56 PM
Put 19k on the stock rear and time for a new one. http://i808.photobucket.com/albums/zz2/lrpetric/D0E6C3D5-EEAC-4905-A19D-2CFD1A8AD863_zpsama64rz2.jpg (http://s808.photobucket.com/user/lrpetric/media/D0E6C3D5-EEAC-4905-A19D-2CFD1A8AD863_zpsama64rz2.jpg.html)So I order the Dunlop American Elite from Jake Wilson and got a great deal on it. Ordered Friday and got it Tuesday and nice easy ordering. Got the job done today. Called Zips Harley in Gaylord and they would only mount tire of I bought from them. Only a little irritated because I had to stop on and get brake pads anyways from them.http://i808.photobucket.com/albums/zz2/lrpetric/6258298F-C043-440E-A933-348368747BE2_zpshyhwwyrz.jpg (http://s808.photobucket.com/user/lrpetric/media/6258298F-C043-440E-A933-348368747BE2_zpshyhwwyrz.jpg.html) Ended up getting mounted and balanced with Dyna beads at Extreme Power sports.http://i808.photobucket.com/albums/zz2/lrpetric/0E370AA8-D187-478E-87BA-6ECF9F2047A0_zpsrbh64udz.jpg (http://s808.photobucket.com/user/lrpetric/media/0E370AA8-D187-478E-87BA-6ECF9F2047A0_zpsrbh64udz.jpg.html)http://i808.photobucket.com/albums/zz2/lrpetric/16B42A17-C9E3-40D1-BBAD-9502F7C409A2_zps5bwrjm5j.jpg (http://s808.photobucket.com/user/lrpetric/media/16B42A17-C9E3-40D1-BBAD-9502F7C409A2_zps5bwrjm5j.jpg.html)So all buttoned up. Went for a little ride and its crazy how fresh rubber improves the ride and confidence.Next Week doing front brakes and adjusting the neck bearing and putting new handle bar bushings in.

Kosher
08-07-2015, 12:16 AM
Holy crap, I cant believe you rode on a tire like that.

Bagger Dave
08-07-2015, 05:41 AM
Damn Lance! yeah, I think it was time for a new one! :lol:

owl
08-07-2015, 07:40 AM
Your going to like that tire.

Mudpuppy
08-07-2015, 03:50 PM
that tire still had about 5,000 miles left on it

Gas Man
08-07-2015, 09:38 PM
That's crazy man.

No concern for the mis-match tire front to rear?

detdrbuzzard
08-10-2015, 05:01 AM
another friend had a worn back tire like that on his wing a few years ago, it gave up the ghost at 50mph. he suffered some broken ribs, separated shoulder, fucked up his leg and ankle too. couldn't ride for about five years so I'm glad you replaced your tire lance

leebo
08-10-2015, 08:16 AM
its so thin You can see the air inside it.

Gas Man
08-10-2015, 08:40 AM
another friend had a worn back tire like that on his wing a few years ago, it gave up the ghost at 50mph. he suffered some broken ribs, separated shoulder, fucked up his leg and ankle too. couldn't ride for about five years so I'm glad you replaced your tire lance

WOW that is crazy!


its so thin You can see the air inside it.

:rofl: :lmao:

Chain
08-10-2015, 12:41 PM
That's crazy man.

No concern for the mis-match tire front to rear?


I've read you should keep the same brand, cause of the compound being different... I can only assume it may cause some handling issues in different weather... I have no real world experience as I've always prescribed to this thought.

RedneckMedic
08-10-2015, 01:41 PM
There basically the same tire both being Dunlop. The front just says HD on it. The front has only been on for a couple thousand since it was replaced already when I went down.

Kosher
08-10-2015, 01:44 PM
I thought the issue was not brand, but bias v radial should be the same front to back.

Gas Man
08-10-2015, 03:39 PM
I heard brand mixing is no good. Something to do with water dispursement paths....

Mudpuppy
08-10-2015, 04:09 PM
Two things I never personally would do on a motorcycle:

1. Patch a tire UNLESS I was out riding and needed to get home, beyond that even a brand new skin if I get a nail or something is being replaced
2. Change any less than 2 tires at a time - that's my personal preference. Same front and rear always.

Lance - when you need new skins on that GSXR I highly recommend Michelin PR4s. No better road tire out there for dry and wet. I rode full speed on Blood Mountain last year in pouring rain without a single bobble or slip. They are fucking amazing tires.

Gas Man
08-10-2015, 07:09 PM
I have no issues with just a new rear, but I keep brands and such. Just what "they" have always said.

I personally going to go to American Elite myself but not till I do a front & rear.

Probably going to go to Brighton HD for a $200 installed rear tire (which will be a HD Dunlop).

Kosher
08-10-2015, 08:32 PM
I have no issues with just a new rear, but I keep brands and such. Just what "they" have always said.

I personally going to go to American Elite myself but not till I do a front & rear.

Probably going to go to Brighton HD for a $200 installed rear tire (which will be a HD Dunlop).

You cant buy an American Elite for your rear wheel. It doesnt exist. The only place you can buy a tire with that profile *and* with that load rating is from Harley.

Gas Man
08-11-2015, 07:50 AM
Yeah but I think guys are running the AE on them anyway. Is it any different than Lance's (other than size?)

Kosher
08-11-2015, 08:39 AM
Yeah but I think guys are running the AE on them anyway. Is it any different than Lance's (other than size?)


Well, I wouldnt mess with load rating. I believe running a tire on a bike that is above its load rating is begging for stability problems.

owl
08-11-2015, 09:36 AM
The American Elite is a 180 tire. If one needs a 130 tire than the Elite III is the way to go. I had Elite III on my Electra Glide with no problems wet or dry. American Elite on the Roodie and again no problems wet or dry. Has anyone found a touring tire that handles deep sand and gravel?

alhall88
08-11-2015, 05:53 PM
Bought both my tires from jake wilson (Dunlop Elites) with the WWW and saved a ton of money. Took them up to Zachs cycle in Milan and $50 for mount and balance for both. Changed both at 15,000 $330 my total price for WWW and thats not bad. Harley wanted $485 with discount for the tires only

Gas Man
08-11-2015, 08:59 PM
Well, I wouldnt mess with load rating. I believe running a tire on a bike that is above its load rating is begging for stability problems.
Well my tires are:
R:180/55/B18F:160/60/B19

Kosher
08-11-2015, 10:34 PM
Well my tires are:
R:180/55/B18F:160/60/B19

Right, arent those the stock dunlops that HD sells for Agitators?

Kosher
08-12-2015, 10:34 AM
Well my tires are:
R:180/55/B18F:160/60/B19

So I just checked - your rear tire is a Dunlop D407. It has an 80 load rating, which equates to 992 lbs.

Metzeler makes an 18 inch rear with the exact same profile (its their ME 880 Ultra Marathon) 180/55/ZR18), but its load rating is only 74 (827 lbs)

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=35

Gas Man
08-13-2015, 11:22 PM
that's 150# drop.... huh

Moesride
08-18-2015, 01:47 PM
Damn Lance...... got your moneys worth on that tire for sure..lol

ChefC14
08-18-2015, 04:31 PM
Try Highland Trails in Conway. They do my tires and they're good guys. You can even buy pistols from them since one of the owners is now an FFL.