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Post  BadAxe on Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:28 pm

Howdy folks. So, making some upgrades this year, and along with springs and shocks, I am getting new tires, and coming over to the darkside. Decided to go with the Hydroedge. I do not know a lot about tires or sizes. I know the 205/x/16 fits. The hydroedge has a 205/55/16 and a 205/65/16. What does the 55 & 65 stand for. Which tire is wider? Will they both fit without mods? I am putting in on a 2004 VTX1800c. Thanks for any info you can provide. So looking forward to riding this year.

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Post  jedishon on Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:48 pm

The 55 and 65 represent side wall height. The 205 is the tread width. The side wall height is figured at 55% or 65% of the tread width. In this case the 65 series is about 3/4" taller than the 55.
I ride a 1300 so don't know which one fits best on your bike, but I'm sure others will chime in.

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Post  nodakbassmaster on Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:13 am

both will fit without mods, the 65 will be closest to stock height/speedo correctness...

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Post  NeonLeon on Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:55 am

nodakbassmaster wrote:both will fit without mods, the 65 will be closest to stock height/speedo correctness...

I have a GYTT 205/65/16 on my 06 1800C .... my speedo is MUCH closer than it was originally. IMHO I think a little taller sidewall (like the 65) makes the tire easier to mount.
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Post  BadAxe on Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:12 am

Thanks guys. Ordered the Mich HE 205/65/16. Will post pics when its on. Also ordered the Metz880 for the front, progressive springs, fork seals, progressive 440's 12" std, new bearings for my wheels, and I am getting my rims powdercoated gloss black, with maybe a candy orange ring around the outer edge, to match the color of my bike. So I am thinkin I will think I am on a completely different bike when I am done huh? Smile

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Post  Beermand on Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:41 am

I put a 205/65-15 GYTT on my 1800 S just recently and checked the speedo with the gps my last ride out and it is the same as the metz I had on didn't change hardly at all. Congrats on changing to the darkside you will love it!
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Post  Bullit8169 on Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:47 pm

with the 205 you may have to dimple the drive shaft tube to get clearance. i just installed a 205/65 on my 06 1800R this week and had too. Not much trouble at all though and you cant see it with the tire on. there is a thread for that. good luck.
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