Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Lawrenceville, PA, USA
Re: Tires - i apologize
Thanks for the quick resonse-I now see the Bridgestones. It shows the 79v rated rear as being a bias tire, is this ok to use with my bike? Would I even notice a difference over the radials?
Should a bias front be used with the bias rear? (Bridgestone offers the 120/70/17 in both radial & bias according to their website)
I am not 100% sure on the 99-04 models, but I believe they are fine with either radial or bias ply construction tires. The 05-09 models should use only bias ply tires.
I believe you are fine with either the Bridgestone or Metzeler tires on your model year LT. I would not mix bias and radial tires. This isn’t even a good idea on a car. Mixing brands front and rear is almost always fine. I prefer to run the same brand and model tire front and rear, but I have run Metz front and Bridgestone rear tires for several years now as the 880 wears long on the front and the BT020 wears longer on the rear. However, my last two Metz front tires (888, not 880) have failed with bulges due to tread delamination from the casing. I never had issue with either 880 I ran, but two consecutive 888s have failed so I won’t be buying any more of those. I will use 880s as long as they are available or use the BT020 and just deal with the faster front tire wear.
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