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hey guys.. does anyone know the maximum width you can possable cram under the vn750? just so it doesn't rub anywhere? :
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I believe the next size up from stock is the biggest you can go. It's tight but it will fit. that is what I have on my VN750, it not only gives you more grip, but a better ride and it lowers your RPM's too.

if it goes vroom or boom, I LIKE IT!

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are you talking about the 170/80 then?
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hey guys.. does anyone know the maximum width you can possable cram under the vn750? just so it doesn't rub anywhere? :
I have not attempted any size other than stock.
From what I've read on VN750 - - Depends, many variables....
Brand of tire ?
Has it been lowered ?
Ocassionally, centerstand issues, especially if lowered.
Going Darkside ?
There are many threads on discussion of variables.


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are you talking about the 170/80 then?
Yes he is. I run a 170/80 on the rear. The tire has to be deflated to get it on. After it is installed and inflated there is no problem.

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are you talking about the 170/80 then?
yes, I believe that is the size.

if it goes vroom or boom, I LIKE IT!
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I believe the width is 1/2 ft.

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the size on my bike is 170/80 15. I know, because I am in the garage right now lubing the rear splines and I just looked at the size of the rear tire.

if it goes vroom or boom, I LIKE IT!

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Yes, 170/80-15 from many different manufacturers has been installed and run with good results reported on this forum.

I believe one member here was given a larger tire for free, do not remember the make but it was 180 mm wide, and he tried installing it. I think that particular tire just fit, but I would not go bigger than the 170/80-15. IMHO there is no real need anyway to go bigger than that on a bike that weighs 500 lbs and has a gross weight recommendation of just under 900 lbs loaded.

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I'm running a Michelin Commander II 170-80 and it's a pain to get in and out, first time. But the secret to make it no hassle is to pull the final drive bolts. I always lube the splines if the rear tire comes off anyway, as I think most of us do, so make it easy on yourself. Remove the axle and what not, pull the final drive off, remove it from the wheel, take the wheel out and do what ever you have to do with it. Put the wheel back under, connect the drive back to the shaft, wheel to drive and finish installing. Works for me and no fighting the thing at all.

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