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I ordered a manual but it hasn't come in yet and I don't know if the manual fairy is going to make it before I get home from work... Problem is I'm suppose to take the wheel down to the local Cycle Gear tomorrow to get a new tire... I found fergy's spline lube procedure (thanks Fergy!) which of course includes the wheel removal... So my question is: Do I need to do anything else to the wheel before taking to the shop or is it good to go once it is off the bike???

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PS: figure I will do a spline lube and any brake maintenance while I'm there... :motorcycl
 

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I ordered a manual but it hasn't come in yet and I don't know if the manual fairy is going to make it before I get home from work... Problem is I'm suppose to take the wheel down to the local Cycle Gear tomorrow to get a new tire... I found fergy's spline lube procedure (thanks Fergy!) which of course includes the wheel removal... So my question is: Do I need to do anything else to the wheel before taking to the shop or is it good to go once it is off the bike???

-Daniel

PS: figure I will do a spline lube and any brake maintenance while I'm there... :motorcycl
You should be good to go. If I'm not messing with the brakes I just put 2 or 3 pieces of duct tape over the brake hub so it doesn't come off the wheel.
 

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Awesome... Thanks. Hopefully tomorrow my Kawa will be sporting a brand new ME880.. :beerchug:
I hope you are matching that new ME880 to one that is on the front. You should keep the same brand and tread design on each wheel. :smiley_th
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I hope you are matching that new ME880 to one that is on the front. You should keep the same brand and tread design on each wheel. :smiley_th
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I wasn't planning on it... The front tire still has quite a bit of life left in it... But for the price I might just swap it out...
 

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I wasn't planning on it... The front tire still has quite a bit of life left in it... But for the price I might just swap it out...
I would suggest matching the new rear tire to what you have in front or buy two new tires. Your bike will not handle well ( or safely ) with mismatched tires. Be careful.
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Think it will be worse than having a completely bald tire in the back???
NO, what I am saying is that your bike will handle better by buying a new rear tire to match the front tire. If you put on the new Metzler with your different front tire the bike will not handle well. You still will be only buying one tire. It's much better to have matched tires than one Metzler.
 

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Is it ok to have two different tires from different manufacturers as long as they are both new, both 4 ply and both belt bias technology. My concern is one is H rated and one is V rated, but those are just the speed ratings.

Sorry bout the thread jack.

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Is it ok to have two different tires from different manufacturers as long as they are both new, both 4 ply and both belt bias technology. My concern is one is H rated and one is V rated, but those are just the speed ratings.

Sorry bout the thread jack.

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Totally disagree. There are just too many differences in design, construction, and intended usage to run mismatched tires. To each his own.
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I spoke to my mechanic which is also a motorcycle tire dealership. Because i thought about just buying a new back tire. He said thread pattern and ply should be the same. Never use mismatch brand tires. I am just saying what he told me. He is also a very good friend of mine and wouldn't tell me something that isn't right. just saying...
 

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Guess I should've clarified... I totally agree, for best performance you should run matching tires on any vehicle... Just didn't know if it was something I could get away with temporarily or if the bike would be completely unsafe to ride...
 

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Hi: While the ideal is to run perfectly matched tires front and back, I am currently running with a metleler on the front and a bridgstone on the rear and have noticed no lack of handling.
I recently talked to a guy running a metzeler in front and avon in the rear. I asked him about it and he said he had ridden over 40 years and bought tires on the road when needed. He indicated no problems in his experience with running different brands at the same time.
I do not have vast experience with this issue, so what I have to say is not an expert opinion, just my 2 cents.
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I spoke to my mechanic which is also a motorcycle tire dealership. Because i thought about just buying a new back tire. He said thread pattern and ply should be the same. Never use mismatch brand tires. I am just saying what he told me. He is also a very good friend of mine and wouldn't tell me something that isn't right. just saying...
All the dealerships here say the same thing. They will not willingly mismatch tires. A used bike with mismatched tires will not be sold unless matched tires are installed. Here is what Avon tires say, as do Dunlop and Metzler

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It is essential that you refer to your machine manufacturer’s handbook when buying and fitting replacement tyres. Changes in tyre size, type and construction should not be made without first seeking advice from the machine or tyre manufacturer, since fitting the wrong tyre may have an adverse effect on handling, safety and wear.
 

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Here is a Safety Warning from Dunlop

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SAFETY WARNING!
The above are size-marking conversion charts and do not imply interchangeability.
Consult motorcycle manufacturer and Dunlop for correct replacements for originalequipment
tires. Critical clearances, motorcycle compatibility and stability,
load-bearing capacity, speed rating, radial versus non-radial, pattern and tread
compound requirements, inflation recommendations and front-to-rear tire matching
will all vary with tire selection. Wrong selection can result in tire failure or loss of control
with serious injury or death.
For further information, write Dunlop, Consumer Affairs Department, P.O. Box
 

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All the dealerships here say the same thing. They will not willingly mismatch tires. A used bike with mismatched tires will not be sold unless matched tires are installed. Here is what Avon tires say, as do Dunlop and Metzler

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It is essential that you refer to your machine manufacturer’s handbook when buying and fitting replacement tyres. Changes in tyre size, type and construction should not be made without first seeking advice from the machine or tyre manufacturer, since fitting the wrong tyre may have an adverse effect on handling, safety and wear.
While I agree this is the best way it it not the only safe way two good tires that are the correct size and construction beats one good one and one bald one,any day.Tire manufactures are in the business of selling tires ,their tires,period and any time they sell one tire they would rather sell two,I ran a Dunlop 404 front and rear on my 750 until the back one wore out and after thinking it over I put a new metzeler on the back and left the dunlop on the front since it was not half worn,no problem whatsoever.and there are a bunch of people running on the darkside with a car tire on the back who would laugh at the absolutely match brands and all that goes with it.I haven't got quite enough nerve for that jump to a car tire myself either,but after thirty some years of riding and wrenching on bikes I will come down on the side of it's your call ,unless we were talking bikes that can push the limits of a tires speed rating and I would not mix a radial with bias ply.Given the choice I would match tires if buying both at the same time(just did) but I would buy the best quality tire I could afford and when you wear it out you are probably gonna need both ,then buy a matching set,use good judgement and this is my opinion based on experience, not company policy,no warranty expressed or implied ,as they say.
 

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My suggestion of matching tires also comes from 30 years of riding experience. I only buy matched tires that fit my style of riding and my weight and speed requirements. My life depends on those 2 tires and I want to give my life the best chance of survival. Anyone can put any tire they want on their bikes, it's their life. To say any tires of similar constuction and size are safe is not entirely true. They are safe if you baby your bike, don't overload it, don't get caught in the rain, don't take curves hard,and stay in town not on the freeways. Tires from all manufactures are sold in matched sets for two reasons, performance and safety.
 

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:doh:OH NO!!!! not another tire thread.
 

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LOL! Yup... my fault... sorry.. :doh:

Well... since I'm completely new to riding I'm going the safe route and picking up two brand spanking new ME 880s manana... Thanks everybody for your input..
LOL Glad to help out. :beerchug:
Jim
 
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