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post #1 of 64 (permalink) Old 06-29-2004, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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The yahoo group/forum favorite is without a doubt the Metzeler ME880. I have 'em and love 'em. For a great price try: www.ronayers.com

The "best bang for the buck" tire is the Dunlop D404. I recently put a set on my buddies Yam V-Star 1100 and really like the handling/stability. I probably would have bought these had they been available in our sizes last year. The best price I've seen on these is from:
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Question Re: Tires-rotational direction

wonder if the dunlop oem tire is a big deal if the front is on backwards, the tread on these seems backwards when on correct, but mine is on backwards according to rotational arrow. been on for a few thousand miles, would it hurt the tire to turn it around? or should I just let it be.
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I don't know if belt strength/integrity would be harmed by reversing the direction. A problem I can think off would be evacuating water. If it's an old rib design then it's probably no big deal. If it's a more modern tread block design then it going to "pump" water out if installed correctly or possibly hydro plane if on backwards. I would shoot-off an e-mail to Dunlop to find out.
You can get a new Dunlop D404 (100/90-19) for $45 + shipping from: www.discountmotorcycletire.com
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Re: Tires

Rotational arrow is because of the way the tire is constructed. Is has to do with the way that they overlap the tread rubber. Under hard braking for the front, over time the overlap can separate. Put it the right way as soon as you can.

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I Did turn it around correct. dont know why I dreaded it, was piece of cake. but I cheated, i took off the wheel and took it to tire dealer, they charged me a whopping 5.00 to dismount and remount, best 5 i spent all week.
thanks for the advise

also glad I did, there was a missing axle retainer bolt! if the nut got loose, it would be hard to drive with no front wheel, even though ive seen it done, dont think I would be very good at it LOL.

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Glad you got it done so easy...and found about the bolt. Better now than the hardway...lol

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Re: Tires

what are the recommended tire pressures front and rear for the Metz ME880's ?
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what are the recommended tire pressures front and rear for the Metz ME880's ?
Fr=36psi
Rr=40psi
...according to the Metz fitment guide. I run those pressures, and my last set lasted me 21,000mi.
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I too run Metz recommended 36psi front and 40 rear. I have 5K on mine and they look new. Though I still like the Dunlop 404 because it's such a great value. I put a set on my buddies V-Star 1100 and they're great! They weren't made in the VN750 sizes back when I bought my Metz.
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Wow, from www.ronayers.com - The Dunlop D404 front is now $39.88 and the rear is $61.71! Total, with shipping, to your front door = $113.59!!!
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