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post #1 of 15 Old Jul 8th, 2015, 2:32 pm Thread Starter
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Tire noise

I am running a Metzler 880 at 42 psi in the front of my 2001 LT. Have about 3K mi on it. Has anyone else experienced a high amount of tire noise from this tire? If so any good ideas on how to quiet this thing down?
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post #2 of 15 Old Jul 8th, 2015, 5:23 pm
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Re: Tire noise

Yes, for as long as I've had my 01 LT, mostly during long radius curves at highway speed. Ive tried running higher psi in the front but have alway gone back to 36 psi for the comfort of the ride, still get well over 10,000 on the front tire. currently running the bt020 rear combo and liking it.

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Re: Tire noise

If it a Metzeler it makes noise..

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Re: Tire noise

Your sir are an owner of a Metzeler tire - also known as a "growler"
and when in the curves is called a "howler". You have cupped your
tires and there are three popular reasons on the 900# LT a tire will get
cupped: improper air pressure, shock absorbers that are worn out and
hard braking in corners. In either case the tires tend to both howl and
vibrate but do most often give long mileage. The noise and vibration
are too much for me and I run Bridgestone . . .

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Re: Tire noise

All tires on LT's irrespective of brand will progressively make more and more noise depending on there mileage and tire pressure because they cup. I found 48/42 gets me the best mileage and least severity in cupping.
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I was trying to figure out what that howl was on my fairly new to me LT on Tuesday evening as I road along. I actually stopped the bike, got off, and inspected the tires. At least I know I am not the only one!
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post #7 of 15 Old Jul 14th, 2015, 1:52 pm Thread Starter
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Ok ... its a Metzeler ... it will make noise .... bottom line ... live with it.
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post #8 of 15 Old Jul 16th, 2015, 6:47 pm
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OK, my turn now. I asked the noisy front tire question long time ago. I had the Metz 8... then. After these I could not find anything in the Greek market so I had to use the Metz Z6. The same noice continued from the front tire. I tried lower and higher tire pressure but no significant change. Suspected my front bearings. Yes, they were a little bit noisy so I replaced them. Along with this I removed my Tupperware to check for loose or missing bolts or any silent-block rubbers. Nothing much found. Replaced the foamy collar round her neck with a new one as the old was a bit worn and I was counting on this one too much. Wrapped her up again. Rode her again. The [email protected] noise was still there.
Yesterday I thought I had a bright idea. Removed the windscreen and went for a test ride. Honestly it was another bike. All the noise disappeared. Nothing. I could hear my exhaust loud and bass as it is clearly. I could enjoy clear music again. My opinion is that all the noises produced by our beloved LT are being trapped in the fairing and windscreen cavity and being amplified as well giving us the too loud front tire feeling.
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post #9 of 15 Old Jul 16th, 2015, 7:44 pm
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Very interesting. I wonder if a device of some type could be designed to place there and still be adjustable. I'm not a fan of that gap, and if that's where a lot of the noise is coming from, I'm interested.

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Re: Tire noise

Might want to give the ME888 a try.
The ME888 Ultra is the upgrade/ replacement for the ME880.

I have a rear on the shelf, and I am really looking forward to trying it out.

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@nikos

Very interesting. I wonder if a device of some type could be designed to place there and still be adjustable. I'm not a fan of that gap, and if that's where a lot of the noise is coming from, I'm interested.
Sorry that my english is only from a language school. I can't follow your meaning. Can you please explain? You mean place else something on the windscreen bars instead of the original glass? To be honest it don't look bad. With a chopped or low windscreen it will look like a bager( not that I like them much) or like the F6B. But, the lowest it is, the less the noise in that cavity.
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If you are looking for a quiet ride, park the LT and take the cage. How quiet would your cage be if you took the roof and doors off, now it is a motorcycle.
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Sorry that my english is only from a language school. I can't follow your meaning. Can you please explain? You mean place else something on the windscreen bars instead of the original glass? To be honest it don't look bad. With a chopped or low windscreen it will look like a bager( not that I like them much) or like the F6B. But, the lowest it is, the less the noise in that cavity.
I was referring to the gap at the bottom of the windshield. If there's more noise because of the gap, then maybe something could be used over the gap.

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If you are looking for a quiet ride, park the LT and take the cage. How quiet would your cage be if you took the roof and doors off, now it is a motorcycle.
If I was looking for a noisy ride, I'd ride a Harley. Removing the roof and doors from a car or truck would not make it a motorcycle.

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I was referring to the gap at the bottom of the windshield. If there's more noise because of the gap, then maybe something could be used over the gap.
No change my friend. I already did this. Did not close it completely, only partially but no difference. Only after removing the windshield the noise disappeared.
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