Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Warner Robins, GA, USA
Re: FRONT Tire For 09 LT
I have had great service out of the ME 880's front and rear. As stated by many, the key is keeping a constant check on air pressure. 42 psi in the front and 48 psi in the rear have been the proven pressures for good wear and performance. Agressive riding in the curvies with heavy brake usage will cause wear patterns and cupping. Yes, once these patterns have developed you still have lots of miles left on your tire. The only issue I have found once this happens is a little head shake but this is only on decelleration when you take your hands off the bars. As long as I have at least one hand on the bars I have never had a head shake problem. I do ride pretty agressively and I do visit the north GA and surrounding states mountains frequently to ride the curvy roads. I still manage to get 10 to 11 K miles from the rear and 16 to 18 K miles from the front. BTW, I have run both the radial and non radial front tires with equal success. I only ran the radial once when the non radial was not available.
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It is amazing what a little "throttle therapy" will do for you.
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