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Dealer $ Installed Rear Metzeler

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I'm getting dealer quotes for installing/mounting a new 150-90-15 metzeler ME880 Marathon Touring rear tire. The quotes are considerably higher if any exhaust or other parts need to be removed.

Can anyone tell me whether the rear tire can be replaced easily without exhaust removal or any other 'extra' work?

Also, is the tire size and model listed above the correct metzeler 880's recommended on this forum?

Thanx in advance!
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The 150/90-15 is the standard tire size in the Clymer manual. There was thread I read a short time ago where it was said we can go oversize to 170/90-15 without any problems, but if we go wider to a 170/80-15 it is a tight fit, if I remember correctly. I haven`t had to buy tires yet, but someone else can confirm this, if you want to go taller and/or wider.
EDIT: Feb.24/09 I believe I have this reversed. The 170/80-15 is the correct oversize for the vn750. The 170/90-15 will be too big.

We just went through this rear wheel removal with pgchimp last week, because his rearbrake seized up, and all the info you need is contained in links there. Unfortunately I don`t know how to make the link here. There is a link to fergy and another to 750Doug. I`ll post this and try to make this link easier.

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It depends on if your current exhaust is in the way of removing the wheel....

Other than that, nothing extra is there to be moved out of the way, unless you have bags too.

Can you pull the wheel yourself and just take that to the shop? That'll save you some loot.
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Can you pull the wheel yourself and just take that to the shop? That'll save you some loot.
Absolutely, that'll save you a ton o' money. Here's the link to Fergy's write-up on removing the rear wheel http://pages.tstar.net/~fergy/writeups/final_drive.html Take your time, ask lots of questions, and then it should cost you about $35 to have that new tire installed.

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I needed both tires replaced on my first bike. Shop wanted $35 each to mount with me taking the tires off. Bought two used motorcycle tire irons on ebay ($11 + shipping) and did it myself following instructions in manual. Takes some effort, but gets easier with experience. Now I have the tools and experience plus about $55 more in my pocket when I need more tires!

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Absolutely, that'll save you a ton o' money. Here's the link to Fergy's write-up on removing the rear wheel http://pages.tstar.net/~fergy/writeups/final_drive.html Take your time, ask lots of questions, and then it should cost you about $35 to have that new tire installed.
Thanks Cindy, for putting this link in for FR.

If you are able to remove the wheel yourself FR, that`s for sure the way to go. Then while the wheel is off, it`s quite easy to follow fergy`s directions to check and lube the rear splines. A small tube (3-4 oz. I think) of the moly 60 lube recommended, should be available at any Honda parts counter. You only need 3 spoons full I believe.

Then when it`s all checked out and ready, GO RIDE you lucky son of a gun.

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I personally would never have the dealer remove the wheels when getting new tires.
And since I got a manual tire changer from Harbor Freight (LINK), along with the motorcycle tire attachment (other LINK) I wont have them change the tires either.

So, IMO, take the wheels off yourself and safe a few $$'s for something else for the bike


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It is the correct rear tire. I just got a set (June 2008) of Metzzlers and they are great tires. The shop did the whole job (from removing both tires, dismount and remount and balancing) in an hour and a half. 5000 miles later the tires show some wear, but over half the wear is still on the tires. Good luck. You can save some money by doing as much as you can yourself. Just do it safely.
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Freshness date on tires?

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Absolutely, that'll save you a ton o' money. Here's the link to Fergy's write-up on removing the rear wheel http://pages.tstar.net/~fergy/writeups/final_drive.html Take your time, ask lots of questions, and then it should cost you about $35 to have that new tire installed.
My thanx to Crobin and everyone who replied!

The Clymer's manual says that the stock muffler and exhaust pipe on one side (can't remember left or right side) need to be removed. Is this correct? "I'm asking because I've found a couple of cases where the manual was not correct.

Also, I read recently in either a post or the verses that tire manufacturers put a "freshness" date on their tires. Can someone describe how this might look and where/how to find it on the tire? My 1994 has the stock Spitfire tire with the raised white letters. There's good rubber left on it and I'm trying to determine its age. The PO said he thought it was about 5 years old.

Thanx again for all your responses! I'm in the process of painting the dreadfully rusted speedo and tach. I'll post pics when I'm done.
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In answer to your question, look here http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete....jsp?techid=11

Where a tire is stored, how much light exposure its had, and wheter it was properly inflated can affect a tire's road worthiness more than just how old it is. If it has bumps, cracks or any evidence of dry rot, regardless of the age or tread wear, it should be replaced. My wife keeps her bicycle in a dark storeroom when its not being ridden. Mine gets a lot more UV exposure. Her tires are over 15 years old and still look ok. Mine are less than 1/3 that and need replacement.

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