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Dunlop Elite 4's

Posted: Tue May 30, 2017 5:20 am
by onelostsock
Going to install my first set of Elite 4's this week after running Elite 3's for the last 30 years. What are the pressures that everybody is running? Positive/negative re views? BTW I will be installing a new 2oz package of Dyna beads in each tire. I have had good luck with the beads as far as eliminating the cupping I have gotten in the past without them.Thanks for any input. :)

Re: Dunlop Elite 4's

Posted: Tue May 30, 2017 6:17 am
by Steve F
I have nothing regarding the Dunlops, but I recommend 3oz of beads in the rear tire. 8-)

Re: Dunlop Elite 4's

Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 5:11 pm
by mterraci
I have a fairly new set of them. Only 3000 miles to date but no complaints thus far.

36 in the front, 41 in the rear.

Re: Dunlop Elite 4's

Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 6:51 pm
by Corkster52
I only installed the front one so far but, per my friend's recommendation, I set it at 43 pounds. When I replace my existing tire on the back with an E4, I will be pumping it up to 45 pounds. The only comment I have about the front one is that it does squirm a bit on sections of highway that has grooves.

Re: Dunlop Elite 4's

Posted: Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:03 am
by aerostar1
Put new front and rear on this spring and like them so far. Seem to notice the patched cracks in the road where they put a sealer along the crack a little more. I get a little wiggle when I run over them. 41psi front and rear.

Re: Dunlop Elite 4's

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:49 pm
by tmraruba
aerostar1 wrote:Put new front and rear on this spring and like them so far. Seem to notice the patched cracks in the road where they put a sealer along the crack a little more. I get a little wiggle when I run over them. 41psi front and rear.
Glad to know I'm not alone in noticing a wiggle over tar strips . I liked my Elite 3 tire better no wiggle with it

Re: Dunlop Elite 4's

Posted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:03 pm
by Corkster52
"Tar snakes" I was prepared for, but the the grooved areas of highway (in some areas here they do it for additional traction in curves) is what was a bit unnerving at first.

Re: Dunlop Elite 4's

Posted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:56 pm
by PastoT
Corkster52 wrote:
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:03 pm
"Tar snakes" I was prepared for, but the the grooved areas of highway (in some areas here they do it for additional traction in curves) is what was a bit unnerving at first.
Must agree about rain grooved roads, the front tire has a center line groove that might be the issue but either it wore in a bit and stopped or I've gotten used to it, no doubt freaky for the first few hundred miles. Wet tar snakes seem to be a complaint but the ones I hit only disturb me a bit and there are less here than others report. I run mine at max psi 39/42 and have beads also 2oz front 3oz in the rear. I have near 10k on them and am happy, almost no cupping up front and a little feathering of the rear but still not singing. They start out with 5/32s inch deep tread and at 7k miles I couldn't measure a difference! I get 19k miles with E-3s and suspect I'll get no less from my E-4s. I do drag either of two trailers most of the time and spend too much time on the interstate so extra load on the rear may speed rear tire feathering. These are not advertised as run flat radials but I do like that even with 0 psi one can ride 25-30 miles before the E-3/E-4 sidewalls will fail; first hand experience at after a valve stem blew out. I ran 70-75 mph with loaded trailer down twisty interstate to the desert floor and its heat before I even knew I had a flat (if I'd slowed down I could have made my next fuel stop and tire check).

Re: Dunlop Elite 4's

Posted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:11 am
by Corkster52
[quoteby PastoT » Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:56 pm

These are not advertised as run flat radials but I do like that even with 0 psi one can ride 25-30 miles before the E-3/E-4 sidewalls will fail; first hand experience at after a valve stem blew out. I ran 70-75 mph with loaded trailer down twisty interstate to the desert floor and its heat before I even knew I had a flat (if I'd slowed down I could have made my next fuel stop and tire check)][/quote]

I had no idea the E4s would hold up this way. That is great news. :D

Re: Dunlop Elite 4's

Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:50 pm
by DCTruncale
I got 10,000 miles out of a set of them last year. They handled perfectly all the way to the end - and they eliminated my 40 mph head-shake problem completely. My only disappointment is that I expected to get more mileage out of them (based on their claims). I ran 41 pounds, front & rear, which I check every time I ride (through the Fobo pressure sensors I have installed).

Re: Dunlop Elite 4's

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:39 pm
by Scooter363y
I have a set of 4's on my 2014 wing. I have about 8k miles on them and have had the following observations:

I ran the recommended pressures on the stock tires. I noticed a high ridge all along the center of the tread. I increased the pressure to 41-43 psi in both tires.

I also installed centramatic wheel balancers, and there was an instant change for the better. Better ride and better handling. No sign of uneven wear. So far! I still probably have another 2-4K miles left.

Ride safe
Scooter363y

Re: Dunlop Elite 4's

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:50 pm
by DCTruncale
I went to Michelin Commander II on the rear, even though it's a bias ply. Just replaced it after 15,250 miles of excellent performance. My E4 on the front has over 9,000 miles and has about 40% tread life remaining. So I expect over 15,000 on the front as well. No issues with running radial front and bias rear, and the bike handles great, and I am happy with the tread life.
Keep the rubber side down. :)

Re: Dunlop Elite 4's

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:30 pm
by Dark Angel
36 up front is wonderful. 38 is tolerable, 41 is ridiculous. 41 with me 42 with the wife on the rear tire.

Re: Dunlop Elite 4's

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:15 am
by keithg64
I just installed E4 for the first time this weekend with 2oz front and 3 oz beads rear. Bike had Michelin Commander 2 on it when I bought the bike in January. It had cupping in the front and major feathering in the rear. Couldn't get rid of it. And the singing was almost intolerable. I used only E3 on my gl1500 the 8 years I had it and those tires where great so I'm trying the E4 on my new to me gl1800.

Re: Dunlop Elite 4's

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:17 am
by keithg64
I think Dunlop recommends 38 psi front and 41 psi rear. I usually run 41 both but may run what Dunlop recommends.

Re: Dunlop Elite 4's

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:36 am
by DCTruncale
Lower pressures in the front generally result in greater cupping as the miles increase.
I run 40 lbs (cold), front and rear, and have had zero problems with cupping, and the ride is comfortable (it *is* a Goldwing, after all) :)
It's also interesting to watch what the pressures reach as you ride. I have Fobo sensors which help me see instantaneous pressure and temperature.
Front tire pressures quickly raise 5 to 7 psi (more in the summer), and rear goes up 8 to 12. FYI.

Re: Dunlop Elite 4's

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:59 pm
by AZgl1800
I run 44 in the front E3 right now.
it has about 15,000 miles on it with no cupping or feathering.

the thread is close to the wear markers, got a new tire ready to go when I want to change it.

My rear tire is "off topic", a Michelin 195 CT RF.

Re: Dunlop Elite 4's

Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:57 pm
by C-dub
My two cents worth after about 600 miles with a new set of E4's.

No complaints other than what others have mentioned about grooved pavement. That's a bit squirrelly and slightly unnerving. Otherwise, I suppose not enough miles yet to have any other complaints. I had 10k on the original tires and might have gotten a couple more from them, but after hearing about some of the catastrophic events of getting a flat on a Wing and with an upcoming trip of 1-2k miles with the wifey, I didn't want to chance it and had them changed.

Re: Dunlop Elite 4's

Posted: Tue Aug 07, 2018 7:20 pm
by nitefuzz
I put E4's on and have about 4000 miles on them, showing no wear on them at this point. My E3's that were on my 1800 when I got it were cupped bad and gave the wobble that everyone talks about. The new tires took care of the wobble and are feeling great. I put 2 oz of dyna beads in the front tire and 3 oz in the rear. I am running 41 psi in both tires. I have no complaints so far and am very happy with the ride.

Re: Dunlop Elite 4's

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:28 am
by rohny brimstone
I like my e's but the front tire does not grip as well as I like in the rain 41psi.it wants to slip a bit.rear is ok

Re: Dunlop Elite 4's

Posted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:37 am
by wb3beader
Only got about 2000 miles on new E4's, seem to be good. Running 36/41 - front/rear with 2 oz. of glass beads in each. Not notices any problems or difference while riding over all kinds of roads.

Re: Dunlop Elite 4's

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:16 pm
by mterraci
Almost 10000 on my E 4's now with no issues. Still 36 in the front and 41 in the rear. Still plenty of tread.

Re: Dunlop Elite 4's

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:46 pm
by tamathumper
I may take a pound or two out of my front just to see how it does. It's at 40 now.