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Thought some of you more experienced GT riders might have some suggestions. I'm running the Bridgestone 020's on the 08 GT. What tire pressure is suggested for the GT. On the LT it was run max tire pressure. On the GT should you run max suggested pressure or run some thing less?
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I'm running mine at 36F/42R (020s as well), but that's based on the dealer's setting and recommendation. I'm actually surprised that this tpoic hasn't come up before, but I, too, am interested to here what people are running and how they thing it's affecting their handling vs. tire life balance.

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I'm running mine a little higher (as I did on the LT). I've settled on running 40F/45R. Based on nothing but gut instinct. Perhaps as my gut decreases, so will my instinct.
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I'm running mine a little higher (as I did on the LT). I've settled on running 40F/45R. Based on nothing but gut instinct. Perhaps as my gut decreases, so will my instinct.
I was thinking 38/44, only because I think on my LT I ran two pounds over what the dealer said, and the tires seemed fine. No other reason than that.
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Perhaps as my gut decreases, so will my instinct.
Yeah, I hear you there.

I haven't been nearly as picky on the GT pressures as the LT, mostly because I'm going through tires so fast anyway. So 36-38 front and 42-44 rear seems fine for me.

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Yeah, I hear you there.

I haven't been nearly as picky on the GT pressures as the LT, mostly because I'm going through tires so fast anyway. So 36-38 front and 42-44 rear seems fine for me.

I think we all need to pitch in a few $$ each and buy Shealey a GT. With his excellent technical insights I bet we'd have the full set of maintenance procedures detailed out in just a few months. And we'd more than make that back based on service cost savings alone.
I like it! What happens when his wife shows up with the shotgun?

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Thought some of you more experienced GT riders might have some suggestions. I'm running the Bridgestone 020's on the 08 GT. What tire pressure is suggested for the GT. On the LT it was run max tire pressure. On the GT should you run max suggested pressure or run some thing less?
I'm running 36/42. My thoughts on that are the softer the tire, the harder it sticks. With this bike, I'm wanting stick. The P2's are looking like they'll get 9k out of them with that pressure.



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New to the forum, so am not certain I have much to contribute, but here goes. Running Bridgestones that came on the bike. I run 42 front and 40-44 rear depending on load. Most riding is winding two lane roads with some twisties. Bike handles beautifully with that tire pressure and sticks just fine in the wet. Tried lower front pressure ( 36-38) and got the feeling of plowing through corners. Over the years, I've found that it's sort of a personal thing. However, when I had my GS I ran similar pressure and got everything I needed, including 10K+ on the rear and 12K on the front. After about 4K on the GT, wear looks pretty fair and it doesn't seem to compromise anything.
So - I'll keep running that for the time being. Run what works best for you and your machine.
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38/44 here, which is how it came back from the dealer last time.

At least, that's what I fill it to when I haul out the pump. When it starts getting down towards 36/42 I fill again. I notice the front is usually the one that goes down the fastest right now, but I expect that changes with each set of tires.
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38/44 here, which is how it came back from the dealer last time.

At least, that's what I fill it to when I haul out the pump. When it starts getting down towards 36/42 I fill again. I notice the front is usually the one that goes down the fastest right now, but I expect that changes with each set of tires.
There really should be no appreciable loss in pressure, except in extreme weather changes. When I change my tires, I clean the edges of the rim, ensuring a good seal and change the valve everytime. My tires rarely reflect a pound difference.



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Iím running 38/40 on a set of Pilot Roads. But the 38/40 reading is cold, and is according to my digital tire pressure gage. Once I get rolling, and things heat up, the BC reads 40/42. I figure if Iím <10% from cold to hot reading Iím ok.

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I'm running 36/42. My thoughts on that are the softer the tire, the harder it sticks. With this bike, I'm wanting stick. The P2's are looking like they'll get 9k out of them with that pressure.
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