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Tire Time
« on: April 25, 2005, 12:39:12 PM »

I am looking to replace the tires on my FXDWG2.  I am looking at the Metzler 880's.  Also thinking of going to a 140 in the rear, I would like to go to a 150 but I think that may be a bit too tight.  Anyone made this change.  I'm looking for some feedback and any suggestions....
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Re: Tire Time
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2005, 04:01:14 PM »

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Re: Tire Time
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2005, 09:33:23 AM »

I had Metzeler  880's on my last bike and loved them , great traction wet or dry and very good wear.  The dealer wouldn't install them , so I got an indie to.  I'm just replacing the front tire on my FXDWG3 and going with a 90/90 Avon AM41 Venom ( 1 size up from stock).  The dealer installs them and I've heard good things about them .

I have a 150 on my rear , but it was stock on 02 . Metzelers run small , you may have to check clearance.
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Re: Tire Time
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2005, 06:23:02 AM »

Nidan, thanks for your reply, I do appreciate it.  I am still considering the 150's but I am sure the dealer won
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Re: Tire Time
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2005, 12:25:45 PM »

I recently replaced the rear on my FXDWG3 with a Metzler's 880 150.  It fits fine with ample clearance, and the dealer installed it...no problem.  I love it.  It's a little fatter than the stock tire and seems to handle a little better.  Having run both, I prefer Metzlers over Avon.

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Re: Tire Time
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2005, 03:33:50 PM »

In 2002 H-D went to a wider fender and 150 tire in the rear.  I have been in touch with a couple of people that have earlier Wide Glides that have put 150s on them.  One bike was a FXDWG2 and the other a 2000 Wide Glide.  The both said that there was not a lot of clearance but niether had any issues, it worked out fine even riding two up.  On the 2000 the fender support bolts had to be reversed.  I won't have that problem as the bolts don't extend into the inside of the fender.  So I have ordered Metzler 880s w/ a 150 for the rear.  I will find out soon if this was the right way to go.  If not I guess the 150 becomes a planter and I will go with a 140.
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Re: Tire Time
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2005, 06:58:47 PM »

Hi Guys I am ready for a rear tire also. My dealer said a Metzeler 160/80 HB 16 is the widest I can go on a Low Rider. Any comments ?  [smiley=xyxthumbs.gif]
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Re: Tire Time
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2005, 08:22:12 AM »

Hey Maverick, I am not familiar with a low rider and clearances.  You must be running a 150 now if the dealer said you could go to a 160, usually an increase of one size is safe. H-D in 02 wnet to the 150 tire and used a wider fender.   Unless you can find someone with the same bike that has gone to a bigger tire you will need to do some homework on your own.  This link may be helpful http://www.us.metzelermoto.com/media/vtwin_04.pdf  
I put my bike up on the jack taped a wood block to each side at the widest point on the tire to equal the width of the tire I wanted to use and checked the clearances.  Hope this helps.
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Re: Tire Time
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2005, 08:14:26 AM »

I loved my Metzelers , have run 3 sets on various bikes. The Venom had good reviews from local riders, and the dealer prefers them.  I'll let you know.  The rear tire is still in good shape , have just under 8,000 on it.  As I'm going up to a 90/90 x 21 that should help the grip too.  Tread wise the AM41 and ME 880's look very similar . I'll put the matching rear on as needed .  If they work well , I'll use them , if not I'll go back to Metzelers.  I dislike dunlops .
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Re: Tire Time
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2005, 07:34:01 AM »

The new Avon is on , grips like velcro ! Also due to the way the tread pattern is no more dancing on the rain grooves!  Very similar in look and grip to the ME 880's.
I'd strongly recommend going up to the 90/90 when it's time to get a new front.
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Re: Tire Time
« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2005, 02:49:42 PM »

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Re: Tire Time
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2005, 09:06:17 AM »

More on the 150's..........I removed the side plates from the rear fender this weekend.  They had pushed the fender inwards, I gained about 1/8 inch clearance per side by removing them.  The reason I removed them is that I am going with a Corbin back rest instead of the sissy bar.  While I was at it, I also reversed the forward fender bolt and used a chrome acorn nut on the outside.   I am not sure that under maximun down travel if the tire would of contacted the nut and or the protruding treads but to be on the safe side I made the change.  So for me the 150 has worked out just fine on my FXDWG2.  I have ridden two up on some pretty bumpy roads with no signs of rubbing anywhere..........Ride Safe.
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Re: Tire Time
« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2005, 01:05:14 AM »

Anybody tried a 160 Metz on a FXDWG3?  It came stock with 150.  I heard a 160 will fit.
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Re: Tire Time
« Reply #13 on: September 13, 2005, 10:53:01 AM »

I put the 150/80 GT 502 Dunlop "Screamin Eagle" on about 1000 miles ago .
it is very similar to the Metzeler 880 in look and feel , a bit stiffer. SO far so good
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