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post #1 of 8 Old Feb 24th, 2010, 10:34 pm Thread Starter
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mixed tire brands?

Would you hesitate running a Metz on the back and another brand (maybe a dunny) on the front? Would it have an adverse effect? The Metz are alot more expensive.

And...where do you get your tires....if....on lne?

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post #2 of 8 Old Feb 24th, 2010, 10:52 pm
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Re: mixed tire brands?

I use a Metz on the front and a B-stone on the back, second set...front was from lthe enet, back was from the dealer, different time intervils...

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Re: mixed tire brands?

I'm currently running an Avon on the front and Bstone on the back. No problems I've detected from that. I've also had a Metz on the back and Bstone on the front with no issues.

As long as your load rated, go for it.

I haven't run the Dunlop, but, wouldn't hesitate to try.

www.swmototires.com has a good reputation, although I haven't had any first hand experience. When I'm due, I'll do a search for the model tire I'm looking for and go from there. If you have (or have access to) a tire changer, then you're good, otherwise your at the mercy of a shop (that sells tires) to mount yours. Kinda like bringing your own steak to the restaurant.

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3 sets of mismatch ... Avon front, Bridgestone rear.
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Re: mixed tire brands?

Did Dunlop come out with a tire load rated for the LT? Last I heard, they didn't have one.

I have run mixed brands (properly load rated) with no issues.

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Re: mixed tire brands?

I just purchased a set of Dunlop D205 from Dennis Kirk two weeks ago. The front was 80.63 and the rear was 129.99 for a total of 210.62 to my front door.
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Re: mixed tire brands?

I have always run a matched set of Metzeler 880's on my LT. Although they are more expensive than other brands (such as Bridgestone, which was the factory-supplied tire on my LT), they last considerably longer. I just mounted new front and rear Metzeler's to replace the ME 880's on the bike. The tires had nearly 17000 miles on the front, and almost 19000 on the rear when replaced

www.cyclegear.com has pretty good prices for the ME880's
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Did Dunlop come out with a tire load rated for the LT? Last I heard, they didn't have one.
Dunlop does not make the 205 for 2005 and later models... There are still some 205's laying around, but from my last conversation with Dunlop, the 205 is not being made. And I would be paying close attention to the MAN date on those 205's you get for a 2005 or later LT.

Tire folks will tell you that mismatched tires is not a good thing. In some respects, they are right. Do you run 3 Michelin's and one Firestone on your sled? I hope not. In motorcycle circles, the same thought process can be observed. The front tire compliments the rear tire. For example, in wet conditions, the front tire is designed to sheet away water in a specific pattern so that the rear tire will not be in a wet patch as it travels in the line.

Conversely, in hard cornering, a mismatched set of tires could cause the motorcycle to "push". In some cases, this is a desirable effect... In some cases, it can cause a sever case of pucker factor.

Most motorcycle folks know that the thought process observed above is subject to personal thinking and preference. The fact that some folks run different front and rear shoes should be considered only after doing some thinking on your own.

Personally, I like running the same fronts and rears. I won't mismatch my car, I won't mismatch my motorcycle... but that's just me. In fact, I have heard horror stories of folks running soft compound tires (AVON and BRIDGY's) and having a wicked high speed wiggle from this combo. Yet, the same front and back shoes, and the wiggle goes away... go figure...

How you ride is your personality. Remember, these folks on this forum are not you. You make the decision on how you set up your motorcycle. Use our advice as just that... advice.

Give it a try. If it works for you, let it rip... If it doesn't, you will know...

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