Earlier I posted that I have a Metzeler ME88 170/80-15 that I wanted to mount on the rear of my VN750, but it's so wide that is rubs the swingarm. From the replies on this forum I understand that the ME880 will fit without modification which leads me to believe the ME88 is a wider tread design.
The tire was free so 1) it'd be REALLY nice if I could use it, and 2) I've got nothing to lose if I screw it up, right? To that end I mounted it, put the bike on it's center stand, ran it in first gear at a fast idle and tried to shave the side of the tread down with a sharp chisel. Hey, I took wood shop in highschool
Attached are pictures of before and after. The chisel worked pretty good and there's definitely something to be said for experimenting with cutting angle and pressure. Sorry that the "after" picture is so poor, but the result was pretty decent - for an amateur.
From what I read on the Web, tire shaving is pretty common for performance cars, also for resolving out-of-round and diameter matching issues on car tires. There are high-dollar machines to do this, and it looks like they use rotary blades to plane the tire surface. The rubber finish after my chisel job was a little ragged.
All said and done, I am going to order a new ME880 170/80-15 because the tire is still too wide. I fixed the rubbing on the swingarm, but I would have to bend the rear hub torque link to accommodate the sidewall of the tire on the right side. Oh well, it was fun anyway.
'03 Vulcan 750
-LeatherLyke Touring Bags
-Chrome Luggage Rack
-Heads-Up Voltage Monitor
-Replaced Stator (9,000 and 16,000 mi.)
-Oil-cooled Stator Mod (photos
-Replaced and Relocated R/R
-Greased rear splines
-Fused Stator (photos
-Metzeler ME880 Marathon 170/80-15 (Rear), 110/90-19 (Front)
-TOC MCCTs installed
SOLD - 2013