Darkside swap-size


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OK at the risk of being shunned from the list. I did some searching but probably not in the right spot. what size tire fits best and is working on an 82 Interstate? when going to a car tire? and what particular tire do most folks like?. That will probably open a can of worms


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Skeldog wrote: Thu Nov 05, 2020 12:53 pm OK at the risk of being shunned from the list. I did some searching but probably not in the right spot. what size tire fits best and is working on an 82 Interstate? when going to a car tire? and what particular tire do most folks like?. That will probably open a can of worms
I'm not sure anyone has yet found a car tire that will fit between the swingarms of the 1100 without modification.
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OK thanks- if that's so, it makes the choice a whole lot simpler
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I did see one somewhere on the web.....it had a very square profile...5.00 or 5.10 x 16. He was using it on a sidecar tug so handling shouldnt be an issue. I wouldn't run that tire on a solo bike. You can fit a 1200 swingarm and final drive and run a 15" car tire on an 1100. I think the rim needs to be modified a bit.
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OK that sounds like way more expense and trouble than I'd want to go to just to mount a car tire. I'll just stick with the MC tires and move on.
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FYI...I got over 16,000 miles from a Michelin Commander 2 rear on my 83. I replaced it with the same. Likewise I got over 16,000 from a Commander 2 on the front but the closest size to stock was 130/70 x 18. It fit just fine but threw the speedo way off. I replaced it with a Bridgestone BT-45 REAR tire, mounted in the normal direction. I have over 9000 miles on it and it looks like it's not even halfway worn yet.
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Sounds like a good tire to go with.I am glad I took the time to go ahead and pull the wheel-cleaned a nasty looking gear drive on the outside- probably from the rear shock boot torn and there was some oil from it I expect leaked on everything even though the air still stays in them and they function.the splines and all were as good as new.and I verified all was well back there.Lots of steps to go through just to get the wheel off but it's only time.went back with the existing tire now but most likely next summer I'll replace the shocks and get a new tire unless I'm not riding it enough and someone decides they want it more than I do. It is fun to get out on.


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