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170/80/15 Sure it does

You all say a 170/80/15 rear tire fits. It does. BUT. Got my new oversize tires delivered yesterday and I had them mounted on the rims. To install the rear tire I had to deflate the tire, get the help of a 230 pound friend, use 2 crowbars, several blocks of wood and a 6 foot pry bar. It took over 1 hour to get the tire on the hub. I hope it's worth it.

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Wow! What tire did you go with. My Metzlers were noooooo problem.

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Yeah. That's why I just pop the wheel off the bike, toss it in the back of the car, drive to the service dept of my local dealer and let them deal with it.

I get to sip a cold beverage and look at all the new models on the showroom floor while they:

Pull off the old tire.
Clean the rim (that Ride On stuff comes off with water)
Mount the new tire. ( they have all the right tools )
Balance the tire (they have a machine that does this now) And
....Dispose of the old tire.

Much safer, much cleaner, and if they fkup the rim, they buy me a new one. (where as if you damage your rim, the bills in your pocket)

Easy. All for about 25 bucks....

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Hmmmm.... My Commander II took about 5 minutes with my wife helping me. What brand did you get?
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I got Kenda Kruz 673. A lot of guys here like the tire. I just took the bike out for a ride and it handles very well.

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Air/fuel mixture set to 2 1/2 out
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A 170/80 tire is too big for the Vulcan. The stock 150/90 is too big for the Vulcan, but thats what it was designed for. Looks like a Hoosier drag slick to me. Yet the Vulcan looks nothing like a dragster. A 170/80 will go on the rim fairly easily, but getting the rim/tire back on the bike is another matter. The stock tire barely fits. I would suggest removing the final drive gearcase to give you more room.

I personally hate huge rear tires on bikes. A 130/90-16 wasn't too bad, and is what most early cruisers (and my '97 Road King ) use, but these huge 300 tires just look ridiculous. To me it's kind of like using 24" wheels with a thin coating of rubber on vehicles that came with 15"-16" wheels with real tires. Hopefully both are fads that will eventually go away.


As far as using a shop, no shop is touching my wheels. I had an expensive aftermarket car wheel chewed up by a tire shop once, the idiot that did it pointed out that it still held air. I almost had to sue them to get them to pay for the wheel. I just took it in for a flat repair.

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A 170/80 tire is too big for the Vulcan. The stock 150/90 is too big for the Vulcan, but thats what it was designed for. Looks like a Hoosier drag slick to me. Yet the Vulcan looks nothing like a dragster. A 170/80 will go on the rim fairly easily, but getting the rim/tire back on the bike is another matter. The stock tire barely fits. I would suggest removing the final drive gearcase to give you more room.

I personally hate huge rear tires on bikes. A 130/90-16 wasn't too bad, and is what most early cruisers (and my '97 Road King ) use, but these huge 300 tires just look ridiculous. To me it's kind of like using 24" wheels with a thin coating of rubber on vehicles that came with 15"-16" wheels with real tires. Hopefully both are fads that will eventually go away.


As far as using a shop, no shop is touching my wheels. I had an expensive aftermarket car wheel chewed up by a tire shop once, the idiot that did it pointed out that it still held air. I almost had to sue them to get them to pay for the wheel. I just took it in for a flat repair.

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splines lubed
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