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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-31-2009, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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So my buddy picked up a nail in his brand new rear tire Wednesday on his 03' Royal Star . He had a plug kit and pump but the plugs wouldn't stay in the tire. To make the story short, three plugs later he finally made it to a shop for ANOTHER new tire.

Yesterday he asked me pick up the one with the hole so he could patch it or something. The shop attendant goes to find the tire that had already been discarded. Fifteen minutes later the shop guy comes back with a tire. I throw it in the trunk of the car and bring it home.

I deliver the tire, my buddy wants to show me the hole and ...... NO HOLE!
HUH?
The shop had given me the WRONG TIRE! What size is it? Hmmmm 170/80/15 Dunlop.... Wait-a-minute! That's the oversize tire I want for my VN750! COOL!

So I have a FREE (nearly) new 170/80/15 rear to replace the stock size on mine.

Not only that, but while I was waiting at the shop I found a new XL riding jacket with all the protective plates and zip out insulation for the summer time...... $85 Sweeeet.
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So my buddy picked up a nail in his brand new rear tire Wednesday on his 03' Royal Star . He had a plug kit and pump but the plugs wouldn't stay in the tire. To make the story short, three plugs later he finally made it to a shop for ANOTHER new tire.

Yesterday he asked me pick up the one with the hole so he could patch it or something. The shop attendant goes to find the tire that had already been discarded. Fifteen minutes later the shop guy comes back with a tire. I throw it in the trunk of the car and bring it home.

I deliver the tire, my buddy wants to show me the hole and ...... NO HOLE!
HUH?
The shop had given me the WRONG TIRE! What size is it? Hmmmm 170/80/15 Dunlop.... Wait-a-minute! That's the oversize tire I want for my VN750! COOL!

So I have a FREE (nearly) new 170/80/15 rear to replace the stock size on mine.

Not only that, but while I was waiting at the shop I found a new XL riding jacket with all the protective plates and zip out insulation for the summer time...... $85 Sweeeet.
Congrats on your big used rear.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-31-2009, 12:33 PM
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Nice deal and great find. It seems funny that somebody got ride of a very good used tire.Well at least lucky for you.

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Nice deal and great find. It seems funny that somebody got ride of a very good used tire.Well at least lucky for you.
Yea, I thought it was too good to be true. It has new tread depth. I can't find any holes, abrasions, cuts or anything.

I haven't decided if I'm going to run mine out or get this BIG tire mounted now!

WOOHOO!



"Congrats on your big used rear. "

Cute. Since you put it like that, it doesn't sound so fantastic!
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Don't you just love it when Karma deals you that inside straight?


I would however make sure to do a water bath leak test after mounting the tire. I got one for my car under simular circumstances but found a tiny pin size leak after I mounted it up.

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Hate to rain on your parade but there must have been a reason someone traded that tire in. KM is 100% right - check this tire out closely after you mount it and BEFORE you ride on it. Stick it in a bath tub full of water and spin it slowly, checking for air bubbles. Keep it off the bike and check the air pressure after an overnight rest. Then if everything is okay, put it on and ride away! Good luck...

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to add to what rick said...after mounting it to the bike, let it sit at least another 24 hours and recheck the pressure b4 riding, I have been patching a lot of tires over here in the desert lately and have found them to hold pressure when unmounted, but the weight of the quad is enough to make the rubber bulge and the tiny hole open up.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-04-2009, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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Alright, got it.

I'm still waiting for the "well I guess it was too good to be true". I'll be check it over well after it's mounted. I'm lowering the bike as of now. The larger tire will be a couple weeks out.
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