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Post  John Donovan on Tue May 17, 2011 6:00 pm

Hi all just got my 205/65-R16 Michelin Hydroedge installed on my wheel i have a 2003 1800R and i was looking for some tips on before or while installing it on the bike i would hate to get half way through and have to disasemble any helpful hints would great thanks John

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Post  spud1800r on Tue May 17, 2011 7:05 pm

Hey John, Welcome to the darkside!!
Make sure you moly paste up the splines good.
Have the caliper ready to go on the rotor.
Let most of the air out before lifting in place.
Once you hook it on the final drive, it's easy to slide the axle bolt in.
Be sure the spacer is in the right place.
Check torque specs, i think it's 85fp.
Re-air, test ride it. Take it easy for a hundred miles or so.
HAVE FUN!!
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Post  Doc on Tue May 17, 2011 7:51 pm

plus1 on what Spud said...

Welcome and Congrats

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Post  nodakbassmaster on Wed May 18, 2011 1:18 am

spud1800r wrote:Hey John, Welcome to the darkside!!
Make sure you moly paste up the splines good.
Have the caliper ready to go on the rotor.
Let most of the air out before lifting in place.
Once you hook it on the final drive, it's easy to slide the axle bolt in.
Be sure the spacer is in the right place.
Check torque specs, i think it's 85fp.
Re-air, test ride it. Take it easy for a hundred miles or so.
HAVE FUN!!
Craig

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Post  John Donovan on Wed May 18, 2011 5:10 pm

thanks for the info this is a great site i guess most of the people must have experienced the dumbfound look on some shops service people when you say i need to put this tire on this wheel i went to three shops before the service writer/mechanic said no problem i've done several and he started talking about darkside so i thought OK so with the help of my local Yamaha dealer and the good people here i will attempt it tonight i will post again when done Thank you again John..

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Post  John Donovan on Sat May 21, 2011 8:08 am

well got it on and took it for a 12 mile spin got home and checked the air and put it up to 34 p si. is that a good # irun solo 99% of the time wife has her own bike but can't see any marks on the tire but it feels good

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Post  CaribCruiser on Sat May 21, 2011 1:34 pm

John, congrats and welcome.
Pressure is something very personal, just play with it.
34 is fine, but so is 42. depends on the riders style of riding, weight and which tire.
Good luck and enjoy.
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Post  Guest on Sat May 21, 2011 3:43 pm

John Donovan wrote:thanks for the info this is a great site i guess most of the people must have experienced the dumbfound look on some shops service people when you say i need to put this tire on this wheel i went to three shops before the service writer/mechanic said no problem i've done several and he started talking about darkside so i thought OK so with the help of my local Yamaha dealer and the good people here i will attempt it tonight i will post again when done Thank you again John..
[i] Hey not to get off the subject but I love that fender what did it come off and is it a modlel I am new to the VTX world so I don,t know much about them i have a 2002 1800 S that fender would make my bike look perfect

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Post  John Donovan on Mon May 23, 2011 2:54 pm

Well not sure what happened but i wene to a buddy's house yesterday and when i got home my rear tire is showing signs of rubbing the bike 2003 VTX 1800R The tire 205/65-R16 Michelin Hydroedge everything is stock on the back end except for the tire and my 412 progressive shocks and they are set at 4 i removed the helmet lock/holder and i had the width of two credit cards between the driveshaft tube and tire although it seems to be rubbing more on the right side i have 34 psi. in it I hope someone can give me some information this is my first experience in the Darkside thanks John... banghd

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Post  Doc on Mon May 23, 2011 5:40 pm

On the right side is it rubbing against the fender?
That has happened before and the fix is to loosen the bolts and center the fender on the tire.

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Post  John Donovan on Mon May 23, 2011 6:46 pm

well i guess tomorrow i'll start stripping it down again just a pain to pull sissy bar saddlebags etc.. but asking questions and gettig solid information from experiencend people makes it so much easier i will try the the centering of the fender first any other suggestions are welcome thanks all John...

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Post  John Donovan on Wed May 25, 2011 8:26 pm

well i took it out for a ride today minus the passenger seat/sissybar/saddlebags.. i put 32 psi.in tire had my progressive 412's on max put a little chalk on both sides of tire rode on uneven 2 lane roads rough at times when i stopped and checked no rubbing so i set the shocks on medium and came home the same way no rubbing so morale of story i followed horseman's link on here for the mods and i can see now that the bolts i purchased for the fender rails when i put the sissybar and viking bags on were a little to long so i'll put new (shorter) bolt in and i think problem is solved oh and further more love the feel of that big tire thanks all of you who gave me invaluable information John.. thumbup

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Post  CaribCruiser on Wed May 25, 2011 8:30 pm

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Post  Doc on Wed May 25, 2011 9:13 pm

Congrats Good news!

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Post  nodakbassmaster on Thu May 26, 2011 2:27 am

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Post  twin1300 on Thu May 26, 2011 7:31 am

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Post  yabiah on Thu May 26, 2011 10:22 am

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Post  twin1300 on Thu May 26, 2011 11:18 am

yabiah wrote: thumbup

That looks great on there!!! So, how's it going with the HD people when they find out it's a car tire???



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Post  yabiah on Fri May 27, 2011 12:03 pm

twin1300 wrote:
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That looks great on there!!! So, how's it going with the HD people when they find out it's a car tire???
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Yeah it does, thanks!
Honestly, I don't ride with the HD crowd too often.
Hadn't had anybody at the dealer notice or say anything.
My motorcycle riding coworkers like the look but don't have the cojones or intelligence to give it a try.
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