Has anyone had any issues with the ME888 rubbing the swingarm?
I just installed an ME888 after using ME880s with no problems. 1/4" of the tread on the right side is rubbing the swingarm of my 2001 LT.
Anyone have a solution? I was thinking of doubling up on the steel spacer between the wheel and the hub.
Regarding the Metzler 888; on my '05 KLT, I just replaced my tires & went from using Bridgestones to Metzlers. Not being able to source 880's for the rear, I used the 888. The tire, though the same metric size does run about 1/4" wider (verified with large calipers)than the Bridgestone rear when inflated.
After the Metzler 888 was on the bike, I had only 2.1 mm of gap between the tire & the shaft housing (feeler gauges). A little too close for comfort. I decided to add a 2nd wheel spacer. I was a little concerned about whether a 2mm spacer added would really give me 2mm of extra clearance, as the shaft housing runs diagonal.
Sure enough, after installing the 2nd 2mm spacer, I find that now the clearance is 3mm. So, it appears that for each 2mm spacer you add, the clearance will only change by 1mm.
So for that tire, if you want a 4mm clearance, you'd have to add two spacers, and so on.
I decided early on that an extra spacer was a much easier fix than un-mounting & returning the tire & ordering a different tire.
I like the tire well enough, but don't have enough miles to give proper rating.
I'll just continue to include tire-rubbing inspections in my walk-around inspections. Also will re-torque the lugs periodically, as I feel that the more spacers you use, the more likely you could have expansion/contraction based movement of the lugs after several cycles of riding & cooling.
To try to prove this therory;
50 miles after installation, I re-torqued the lugs and observed noticable movement untill click on three lugs.
After a subsequent 700 mile ride at 90 degrees farenheit, I re-torqued and had only one lug move a tad until click. Am planning to re-torque between multi-thousand mile rides at this point, of which I have several coming up in rapid succession between now and October.
I've been running the psi on rear at 48 and watching the right side outer edge for signs of rubbing. So far so good.
To be clear, a single added spacer has given enough clearance to have no rubbing at this point