205/60-16 Tires on an 02VTX-1800C

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205/60-16 Tires on an 02VTX-1800C

Post  Wrencher60 on Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:19 pm

I see a lot of you guys are running a 205/60-16 tire on VTX 1800. Right now I have a battleaxe (wore out) on the rear and it only has about 1/4" clearance from the driveshaft housing. How does a 205 fit in there without rubbing since it is about 3/16" wider than the 200? That would only leave about 1/8" to 5/32" clearance. Seems during a lean the sidewall will rub as it rolls over a little. I'm going to go dark, but I don't want any heat inducing rubbing going on. Right side has all kinds of room. Do you guys modify the spacers to center the tire in the swingarm, if that is even possible with the shaft drive. Been reading this forum and others for the last few days and want to choose the correct tire the first time around. Anyone with an 02 VTX 1800C have any experience with what I am talking about here?

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Post  Duug on Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:04 am

Wrencher60 wrote:I see a lot of you guys are running a 205/60-16 tire on VTX 1800. Right now I have a battleaxe (wore out) on the rear and it only has about 1/4" clearance from the driveshaft housing. How does a 205 fit in there without rubbing since it is about 3/16" wider than the 200? That would only leave about 1/8" to 5/32" clearance. Seems during a lean the sidewall will rub as it rolls over a little. I'm going to go dark, but I don't want any heat inducing rubbing going on. Right side has all kinds of room. Do you guys modify the spacers to center the tire in the swingarm, if that is even possible with the shaft drive. Been reading this forum and others for the last few days and want to choose the correct tire the first time around. Anyone with an 02 VTX 1800C have any experience with what I am talking about here?

I have a 205/60/16 on the rear w/o any rubbing issues. I keep it at 40psi.
I jus put a 140/70/18 tire on the front. It's fits fine on the sides but is close to fender.
However, no rubbing there either.
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Post  Wrencher60 on Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:59 pm

Just what I wanted to hear, did the same thing, Yokohama 205/60-16 on the rear, and a rear MT 140/70-18 for the front. Should the rear tire mounted on the front be mounted opposite of arrow, or does it really matter. I've seen a couple posts on the subject, but nothing definite. Should be getting the tires in the mail next week.

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Post  Duug on Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:53 pm

Wrencher60 wrote:Just what I wanted to hear, did the same thing, Yokohama 205/60-16 on the rear, and a rear MT 140/70-18 for the front. Should the rear tire mounted on the front be mounted opposite of arrow, or does it really matter. I've seen a couple posts on the subject, but nothing definite. Should be getting the tires in the mail next week.

I read the why on running it reversed but, went ahead and had it installed in forward rotation. It's fine up to 130w/o any issues. As well stable under hard decel and then slammed braking at 60 mph. Rolls like on rails n stops on a dime.
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