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Old 07-23-2007, 10:30 AM   #11
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I've got a 200 on the back. My rim is a 5.5" wide 18" rim. The tire is a 200/50-18 with a subframe. Took some altering but it's there. There is NOT a lot of clearance on the chain side, but it does clear. I've got 11-1/2" progressive shocks on the back too.
You didn't have to type all that out.........it's right here: http://www.cruiseconcepts.biz/sizedoesmatter.htm
A thing to consider when choosing your tires is choosing a relationship that will be the same. Both my front and back tires are larger diameter then what the stock tires were. My speedo is actually MORE accurate now then it was with the stock tire. My front is now a 110/90-19
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Thanks for the link. So I need an 200/50/18 rear tire to fit on a 5.5" rim. Do you have a link to the rim I need that I can purchase?...wife said least expensive if possible. Has to be easy. Wife wants to buy it for me for a present.

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Old 07-23-2007, 09:24 PM   #12
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Width of rim doesn't dictate the overall size of the tire. Usually a wider tire will require a wider rim to seat properly.
200 is the width in mm, 50 is the cross section, so in this case the cross section (veiwing it like a donut) is 100 mm (50% of the width is sidewall). 18 is the ID of the rim (in this case 18", which my rim is)
I don't know what cheap is to you, that's a relative term and in most cases it's going to cost a bit to get a wider wheel in the back unless you stick with the stock rim.
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Old 02-08-2009, 01:33 PM   #13
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Has anyone ever used a wider tyre on the stock front. I am getting the setup for the vtx mod but was wondering if someone ever did something with the front
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:54 AM   #14
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Tire Diameter Calculation ( Just for information )
Most people will want to know a tire diameter (measured in inches). This formula is a quick way to get the tire diameter of those metric tires that are common on just about everything stock. For example a 200/55R18 would be around 26.7 inches tall and 7.9 (200mm/25.4) inches wide. Enter any three of the numbers into this formula to solve for the fourth. "R" means Radial and "B" means Bias tire. The bigger number (on the left) is the Section Width in millimeters (1"=25.4mm). The number to the right of the slash ("/") is the Aspect Ratio (percent of width). The "R" means Radial tire and the last number, far right, is the rim diameter in inches.

Tire Diameter = Rim Diameter + (2 x Aspect Ratio x Section Width) / 25.4


Example (200/55R18 tire): Tire Diameter = 18 + (2 x 0.55 x 200) / 25.4 = 26.7 in

IF THIS DOSEN'T EXPLAIN IT THEN ASK BEAKER, HE'll BE HAPPY TO EXPLAIN IT TO YOU.
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Old 07-07-2010, 12:41 AM   #15
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I searched different tire threads till my eyes bled, please forgive the asking if it's been asked before...
Needing a new front tire, very unhappy with the stock Dunlop the bike had, not quite as, but still unhappy with the lowpro Bridgestone I have on now, very interested in the Metzeler 110/90-19 I read so much about in the threads... I unfortunately still have a Dunlop on the rear with a lot of miles left on it, must have gotten one of the 4 goods ones made that year...I did not notice any negative riding issues from having the Bridgestone/Dunlop combo. Now the question... Will running the Metzeler front-Dunlop rear result in any negative handling/riding issues???
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Old 07-07-2010, 07:53 AM   #16
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They "say" You must match tires due to the added compounds in the tires, If you have a tire on the rear thats not as soft or hard as the front, you risk the rear hooking up and the front sliding out or visa versa
But then you look at all the custom frame bikes like big dog, fat daddy, pro street and so on, and they all use different rears....

IMO if your an all weather renegade then match, but if your out in dry weather only just stay close to matching.
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Old 07-07-2010, 10:06 AM   #17
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Try this link: http://www.discounttire.com/dtcs/infoTireMath.dos

Of course the speedometer change indicated only applies to front tires when calculating motorcycle tire sizes.
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Old 07-08-2010, 02:04 PM   #18
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They "say" You must match tires due to the added compounds in the tires, If you have a tire on the rear thats not as soft or hard as the front, you risk the rear hooking up and the front sliding out or visa versa
But then you look at all the custom frame bikes like big dog, fat daddy, pro street and so on, and they all use different rears....

IMO if your an all weather renegade then match, but if your out in dry weather only just stay close to matching.
Yeah I've read so many "they says"... I ride as much as possible, rain, cold, heat. I have not braved heading out in snow and ice, although I have been caught in a snow a couple of times and rode through a hail storm once. >OUCH< I also ride like crazy on 2 lane twisted treasures as often as possible... Too dang confusing, one says if their both bias, it wont matter, one says if its different names it matters, one says... ARGH!!!! I will be heading to the Dragon/Cherohala area in October, I really want to have good, SAFE, skins under me... The rear Dunlop has just too much life left to swap them both, guess I can get a matching front and just save to swap both soon...
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:00 AM   #19
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Just get a read to match the frnt you want and sell the old rear, someone out there neds a rear tire bad.
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:26 AM   #20
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I don't think front/rear tire matching is important unless your racing. Otherwise you have so many variables the odds you ever have both tires break loose at the same time are very slim.

I think they just want to sell more tires as generally speaking you could replace the rear 2 - 3 times before the front needs it.
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