which CT should I used for a front wheel


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which CT should I used for a front wheel

Postby chefkev121 » Tue Oct 21, 2014 10:04 am



I already has be Austone on the rear put 15, 000 and it looks brand new absolutely no wear what so ever. My Dunlap E series is due it lasted 15,000 but im ready to be DD. so I'm open for suggests and opinions.


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Re: which CT should I used for a front wheel

Postby dingdong » Tue Oct 21, 2014 11:15 am

Double darkside doesn't mean using a car tire on the front. DD means a rear MC tire installed in the reverse direction on the front. Lots of darksiders use the Michelin Pilot Activ up front.
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Re: which CT should I used for a front wheel

Postby chefkev121 » Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:11 pm

Oh. Thanks for the information. How do they wear if its a bike tire don't you have the same problem with wearing out quickly ?
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Re: which CT should I used for a front wheel

Postby tfdeputydawg » Wed Oct 22, 2014 12:14 am

1. There are no car tires that will fit the OEM GoldWing rim!
2. The BT45 is also a good pick for the front.
3. You do not have to run it reverse rotation.
My last BT45 on the front of my trike went 17,000 before it started cupping-running 41psi as seemed to be the norm at the time.
This one is being run normal rotation w/36psi and so far much smoother ride and no complaints.
Wonder who came up w/that 41psi to begin with?????????????? Tire felt like a rock at that pressure!

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Re: which CT should I used for a front wheel

Postby chefkev121 » Wed Oct 22, 2014 3:33 am

So I guess! Question now is why not just use a Dunlop if your not going to be getting better milage out of the tire? I thought that double darkside meant ct on the front and back I've been corrected if your putting a Michelin bike tire on the front won't it wear just the same? What are the advantages to running a rear tire on the front?
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Re: which CT should I used for a front wheel

Postby dingdong » Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:11 am

You do get somewhat better mileage (said tire) from the rear tire because it has a deeper tread. I don't think that dunlop makes a rear tire that is the correct size to fit the front. The only reason for running in reverse rotation is because the front and rear tread patterns are reversed on MC tires. If you like your E3s on the front then stick with them as they are arguably the longest lasting tire available and probably will last as long or longer than any of the other brands rear tires.
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Re: which CT should I used for a front wheel

Postby bustedwing » Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:00 pm

Hello Chief, and I am with you. I ride a GW1500 Trike and tried like crazy to find a ct to fit the front of the trike. But no avail. If anyone comes up with one I would be first in line.
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Re: which CT should I used for a front wheel

Postby chefkev121 » Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:14 pm

dingdong wrote:You do get somewhat better mileage (said tire) from the rear tire because it has a deeper tread. I don't think that dunlop makes a rear tire that is the correct size to fit the front. The only reason for running in reverse rotation is because the front and rear tread patterns are reversed on MC tires. If you like your E3s on the front then stick with them as they are arguably the longest lasting tire available and probably will last as long or longer than any of the other brands rear tires.



I already use Dunlop E 3's of the front. if you are just mounting a rear MC tire on the front in reverse. Why not just stay with a MC tire that is made to be mounted on the front wheel? Is there better handling or a smoother ride when you switch to a rear MC tire on the front wheel? what are the advantages of using a rear tire on the front?
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Re: which CT should I used for a front wheel

Postby detdrbuzzard » Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:20 pm

the front rim is too narrow for a car tire
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Re: which CT should I used for a front wheel

Postby Dusty Boots » Wed Oct 22, 2014 8:53 pm

Most front tires have a tread depth of 6/32". Most rear tires have a tread depth of 9/32 - 11/32". Also, the DD front tires are about 1/2 - to 2/3rds the cost of a front E3, but in my real world experience, all the DD tires I've run up front (Bridgestone Battle Ax/Michelin Pilot Activ/Kenda K671 Cruiser ST) are dual compound tires and they have all cupped early on. :roll:

Stick with the E3 up front. :ugeek:




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