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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.
 

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yes there have been reports of this, fixes are varied from extra spacer to grinding off the edge. try the search feature
 

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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

Bob
 

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+1 and what was the cost of the spacer?
BikeBandit is 22.17 each. That hurts.

I would like to have some on the shelf.



Thanks.


I did a little research since want2tour is never coming back to this thread.

The part number is: 36 31 1 451 791
The price seems to be steady at 22.17 at both Bike Bandit and the BMW catalog.
I was hoping to find it a bit cheaper so I can keep them on the shelf for other BMW owners.
 

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I did a little research since want2tour is never coming back to this thread.

The part number is: 36 31 1 451 791
The price seems to be steady at 22.17 at both Bike Bandit and the BMW catalog.
I was hoping to find it a bit cheaper so I can keep them on the shelf for other BMW owners.
What part of Saddleman's offer to ship one for $6 didn't you understand?
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I missed that post.
I was thinking that might be the case. It sure how many he is willing to part with or how many you want, but doesn't hurt to PM him. If you are making enough of them, say 20 or more, you might get a local machine shop to make them. However, probably hard to get under $20 each.
 
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My riding buddy and his girlfriend own an awesome machining shop with some of the latest CNC machines. He has about fifteen of them now all are automated. He just needs laborers to feed them aluminum stock.
At Christmas dinner about five years ago I gave him some cones for my Snap-On balancer for BMW and Ducati single sided swing arms and ask him to make me a few to sell.
The ones I gave him to copy are still on his desk...

So if Saddleman gets back to me his 6.00 deal will be worth it and I will past that savings on to other LT owners.
I ask him for five.
 

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Never coming back?? Heck, I was just out riding. Just got back from the MOA Billings rally. Muy Bueno Fun. Did the beartooth on consecutive days & racked up 2k miles. In 5 days will leave for a 10 day 4000 mile sturgis ride.

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Gentlemen, I don't know what you were talking about in this thread back in 2015. A week ago my only option was the ME888. The BMW Service shop that I bought it told me: "we will install it, if it gives you the slightest problem we will take it back and order you any tire you want". So they did. I was overlooking all the procedure. They did not do anything but use the one and only spacer that came with my bike. See the space I have in the photos. It's almost 15mm tire to drive housing wall.
The BMW specialist there told me by word: "one day a very urgent Customer wanted an rear tire and the only one I had available was a 190/70 - 17. I put it in and there was enough room for the tire to run free".

I wonder, why did US have such a problem on the 888. Is there any difference between the US and European K1200LT?
Thanks.
 

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I think it was just the first batch of ME888 that were rubbing(it was 4 years ago). Many have had no issues with them since.
 
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The lip near the tire on the swingarm is the casting line. Some of the casting lines stick out farther. I have had to grind the casting line on two swingarms for clearance.
 

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I think it was just the first batch of ME888 that were rubbing(it was 4 years ago). Many have had no issues with them since.
It is good to know that the issue seems to have been corrected. However, after running a couple Bridgestones, I can’t imagine running a Metz on the rear again.
 
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It is good to know that the issue seems to have been corrected. However, after running a couple Bridgestones, I can’t imagine running a Metz on the rear again.
They don't make the Bridgestone BT020 for the LT anymore. The new one I got a few days ago was made almost three years ago.
 

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They don't make the Bridgestone BT020 for the LT anymore. The new one I got a few days ago was made almost three years ago.
Well that is not good news. I wonder how many are still in the pipeline? So, we are now down to just the 888 and the Shinto 777 for later model LTs?
 

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The good news is that they are still readily available. I found four suppliers that still have them. No idea as to the age. American MotoTire still had the best price so I ordered a new rear as I want to have fresh (well, new at least!) rubber to head to AK.
 
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