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Post  aharleycpl on Fri Jan 11, 2013 2:32 am

We have been running on the darkside for over two years now. This year will be the tires 3rd trip to sturgis. We installed a 205/50-17 Federal SS-595 performance tire. It is a little bit shorter than the stock tire and slightly wider. It puts the tire about 0.10 inches closer to your drive belt. When first installing it we thought it would end up hitting the belt but it clears just fine when you get the belt out to where it should normally be.

We took the rear wheel off and in to our local Les Schwab dealer.. they installed it and installed it was $95. They have no way to balance bike tires so we installed dynabeads to balance it. At the same time we installed the balancing beads in the front tire. One of the best things we ever did. It extends the life of both front and rear tires. Just take your time and flow them in through the valve stem until you get a few ounces in each tire.

To date we have close to 20k miles on the tire and it looks like new. Most people do not use a performance tire but I loved the directional tread on this tire and figured it would be worth a try. It matches the front tire and it works perfectly. Clears water great and holds the road beautifully. The only drawback really noticed is in rutted roads and rutted dirt it tends to be a little bit of a pain. Rutted roads you feel your tire going across the rut for a lot longer than you would with a bike tire.. and in uneven dirt.. be cautious. Low speed turning seems to be faster and high speed notice little difference.

Even after high speed runs through twisties, scraping pegs in a couple sections, the tire wear is all in the tread zone and not onto the sidewall. We run about 40psi with two passengers and often loaded up for a week long trip on the rear rack and leather bags.



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Post  Steve-O on Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:21 am

I have a 2009 Rocker, FXCWC and wonder if this tire would work on it.
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Post  aharleycpl on Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:25 pm

The stock tire on mine was a 200/55R17 Not sure what the original tire size is on yours.

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Post  quadancer on Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:50 pm

I gotta hate all you FX ridin' bastids...I sure with I could get a tire like that in there on my Heritage!
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Post  aharleycpl on Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:17 pm

What is the stock rear on your heritage? Have a buddy I helped find a tire that would fit his a couple nights ago.

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Post  Steve-O on Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:14 am

Mine is 240/40r18. The only car tire I've found to fit is a $300 corvette tire. Not sure it's worth it..... I'm sure the tires will get too old and need to be replaced before they wear out. It's 4 years old and has 3k miles on it..... I'll probably opt to keep mc tires on it.
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Post  aharleycpl on Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:07 pm

Steve-O wrote:Mine is 240/40r18. The only car tire I've found to fit is a $300 corvette tire. Not sure it's worth it..... I'm sure the tires will get too old and need to be replaced before they wear out. It's 4 years old and has 3k miles on it..... I'll probably opt to keep mc tires on it.

Might not be worth it depending on how many miles you ride it. You could likely do a 245/40r18 .. prolly around $130/tire

It would put your tire about 0.2 inches wider so 0.1 inches on each side of the wheel.

Speedo would be 0.4mph off at 65mph. So when your speedo read 65 you would be doing 65.4mph


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Post  quadancer on Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:27 pm

aharleycpl wrote:What is the stock rear on your heritage? Have a buddy I helped find a tire that would fit his a couple nights ago.
My '05 Heritage has a 150/80/16 stock; the 175/75/16 is the go-to tire for it, but I'm believing I can possibly push a 185 in there - no one makes
a 185/70/16, which would be perfect for me. The 65 aspect is a bit too low gear for my engine mods. (torque, lots of it)
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Post  aharleycpl on Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:17 pm

Here is a chart I have that is helpful. Standard car tire sizes so you can look to see what standard sizes are available in your range of tires. After you find it here it is easy enough to pull it up in a tire size calculator and compare the one you are considering with your stock size tire and check for clearances etc. Am pretty sure it does not have every car tire size but at least has the more common ones to pick from.

13 INCH TIRES
155/80R13 165/65R13 175/70R13 185/60R13 185/70R13 205/60R13 205/70R13 215/50R13 225/45R13 235/60R13 245/40R13

14 INCH TIRES
165/65R14 175/65R14 175/70R14 185/55R14 185/60R14 185/65R14 185/70R14 185/75R14 185/80R14 195/55R14 195/60R14 195/65R14 195/70R14 195/75R14 195/80R14 205/50R14 205/55R14 205/60R14 205/70R14 205/75R14 215/60R14 215/65R14 215/70R14 215/75R14 225/50R14 225/60R14 225/70R14 235/40R14 235/60R14 245/60R14

15 INCH TIRES
145/65R15 155/60R15 165/80R15 175/55R15 175/60R15 175/65R15 185/55R15 185/60R15 185/65R15 195/45R15 195/50R15 195/55R15 195/60R15 195/65R15 195/70R15 195/80R15 205/50R15 205/55R15 205/60R15 205/65R15 205/70R15 205/75R15 215/55R15 215/60R15 215/65R15 215/70R15 215/75R15 225/45R15 225/50R15 225/55R15 225/60R15 225/70R15 225/75R15 235/45R15 235/50R15 235/60R15 235/70R15 235/75R15 245/45R15 245/50R15 245/60R15 245/65R15 255/40R15 255/45R15 255/60R15 255/70R15 265/70R15 265/75R15 275/45R15 275/50R15 275/55R15 275/60R15 275/65R15 285/30R15 295/50R15 325/50R15

16 INCH TIRES
115/70R16 125/90R16 135/70R16 155/90R16 175/50R16 175/60R16 185/55R16 195/40R16 195/45R16 195/50R16 195/55R16 195/60R16 195/80R16 205/40R16 205/45R16 205/50R16 205/55R16 205/60R16 205/65R16 205/70R16 205/80R16 215/35R16 215/40R16 215/45R16 215/50R16 215/55R16 215/60R16 215/65R16 215/70R16 215/75R16 215/85R16 225/40R16 225/45R16 225/50R16 225/55R16 225/60R16 225/65R16 225/70R16 225/75R16 235/40R16 235/50R16 235/55R16 235/60R16 235/65R16 235/70R16 235/75R16 235/85R16 245/45R16 245/50R16 245/55R16 245/60R16 245/70R16 245/75R16 255/40R16 255/50R16 255/55R16 255/60R16 255/65R16 255/70R16 255/85R16 265/45R16 265/60R16 265/70R16 265/75R16 275/35R16 275/45R16 275/50R16 275/60R16 275/70R16 285/40R16 285/45R16 285/60R16 285/70R16 285/75R16 295/30R16 295/75R16 305/70R16 315/75R16 325/80R16 345/75R16 365/75R16 385/70R16

17 INCH TIRES
135/70R17 145/80R17 155/80R17 165/90R17 195/40R17 195/45R17 205/40R17 205/45R17 205/50R17 205/55R17 215/35R17 215/40R17 215/45R17 215/50R17 215/55R17 215/60R17 215/65R17 215/70R17 225/35R17 225/45R17 225/50R17 225/55R17 225/60R17 225/65R17 225/70R17 225/75R17 235/40R17 235/45R17 235/50R17 235/55R17 235/60R17 235/65R17 235/70R17 235/75R17 235/80R17 245/35R17 245/40R17 245/45R17 245/50R17 245/55R17 245/60R17 245/65R17 245/70R17 245/75R17 255/30R17 255/35R17 255/40R17 255/45R17 255/50R17 255/55R17 255/60R17 255/65R17 255/70R17 255/75R17 255/80R17 265/40R17 265/60R17 265/65R17 265/70R17 265/765R17 275/40R17 275/45R17 275/50R17 275/55R17 275/60R17 275/65R17 275/70R17 285/30R17 285/40R17 285/45R17 285/60R17 285/65R17 285/70R17 285/75R17 295/35R17 295/40R17 295/70R17 305/40R17 305/65R17 305/70R17 315/35R17 315/70R17 325/70R17 335/35R17 355/70R17

18 INCH TIRES
125/60R18 135/80R18 155/60R18 155/90R18 205/40R18 215/35R18 215/40R18 215/45R18 215/50R18 215/55R18 225/35R18 225/40R18 225/45R18 225/50R18 225/55R18 225/60R18 235/35R18 235/40R18 235/45R18 235/50R18 235/55R18 235/60R18 235/65R18 245/35R18 245/40R18 245/45R18 245/50R18 245/55R18 245/60R18 245/65R18 255/35R18 255/40R18 255/45R18 255/50R18 255/55R18 255/60R18 255/65R18 255/70R18 265/30R18 265/35R18 265/40R18 265/45R18 265/50R18 265/60R18 265/65R18 265/70R18 275/35R18 275/40R18 275/45R18 275/50R18 275/55R18 275/60R18 275/65R18 275/70R18 285/30R18 285/35R18 285/40R18 285/50R18 285/55R18 285/60R18 285/65R18 285/70R18 285/75R18 295/30R18 295/35R18 295/40R18 295/45R18 295/70R18 305/30R18 305/35R18 305/60R18 305/65R18 305/70R18 315/30R18 315/35R18 315/70R18 325/60R18 325/65R18 335/30R18 345/30R18 345/35R18 355/65R18

19 INCH TIRES
145/80R19 215/35R19 215/45R19 225/35R19 225/40R19 225/45R19 225/55R19 235/30R19 235/35R19 235/40R19 235/45R19 235/50R19 235/55R19 245/30R19 245/35R19 245/40R19 245/45R19 245/50R19 245/55R19 245/60R19 255/30R19 255/35R19 255/40R19 255/45R19 255/50R19 255/55R19 255/60R19 265/30R19 265/35R19 265/40R19 265/45R19 265/50R19 275/30R19 275/35R19 275/40R19 275/45R19 275/55R19 285/30R19 285/35R19 285/40R19 285/45R19 295/30R19 295/35R19 295/45R19 305/30R19 315/25R19 315/35R19 325/30R19 335/30R19 345/30R19 345/35R19

20 INCH TIRES
145/60R20 215/30R20 225/30R20 225/35R20 235/30R20 235/35R20 235/45R20 235/55R20 245/30R20 245/35R20 245/40R20 245/45R20 245/50R20 245/60R20 255/30R20 255/35R20 255/40R20 255/45R20 255/50R20 255/55R20 255/65R20 265/30R20 265/35R20 265/40R20 265/45R20 265/50R20 265/60R20 275/25R20 275/30R20 275/35R20 275/40R20 275/45R20 275/50R20 275/55R20 275/60R20 275/65R20 285/25R20 285/30R20 285/35R20 285/40R20 285/50R20 285/55R20 285/65R20 295/25R20 295/30R20 295/35R20 295/40R20 295/45R20 295/50R20 295/55R20 295/60R20 295/65R20 305/25R20 305/30R20 305/35R20 305/45R20 305/50R20 305/55R20 305/60R20 315/30R20 315/35R20 315/60R20 325/25R20 325/30R20 325/60R20 335/25R20 335/30R20 345/25R20 345/30R20 355/60R20

21 INCH TIRES
245/35R21 255/30R21 255/35R21 255/45R21 265/30R21 265/35R21 265/40R21 265/45R21 275/35R21 275/40R21 285/30R21 285/35R21 295/25R21 295/30R21 295/35R21 295/40R21 305/30R21 325/30R21

22 INCH TIRES
235/30R22 245/30R22 255/30R22 255/35R22 265/30R22 265/35R22 265/40R22 265/45R22 275/25R22 275/30R22 275/40R22 275/45R22 275/50R22 275/65R22 285/25R22 285/30R22 285/35R22 285/40R22 285/45R22 285/50R22 285/55R22 295/25R22 295/30R22 295/40R22 305/25R22 305/40R22 305/45R22 305/50R22 325/50R22 325/55R22 335/25R22 335/55R22

23 INCH TIRES
285/35R23 305/25R23 305/35R23 305/40R23

24 INCH TIRES
255/30R24 265/25R24 275/25R24 275/30R24 285/30R24 285/35R24 285/40R24 295/30R24 295/35R24 295/40R24 305/35R24 305/45R24 315/50R24 325/50R24 385/35R24 405/25R24

26 INCH TIRES
255/30R26 275/25R26 295/30R26 305/30R26

28 INCH TIRES
275/25R28 295/25R28 325/35R28

30 INCH TIRES
265/25R30 315/30R30

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Post  Steve-O on Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:13 am

Good info
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