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Old 11-05-2012, 05:08 AM   #1
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vrod un even front tire ware

i have a 03 vrod and the front tire wares more on the throttle side than the belt side any ideas
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:10 PM   #2
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Since you're US based, right side wear is not the norm.

How many sets of tires have you run, have they all worn this way, how many miles on bike, has it been dropped or repaired, who makes your tire changes?
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:14 PM   #3
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Also check tire pressure and see if one of your fork tubes is leaking.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:36 PM   #4
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second set of tires on it every 03 i have seen hasthe same wear my friend has a 03 it wares the same
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:21 AM   #5
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something ain't rite here
most vrods in Uhmarika wear the tires on the belt side for debateable reasons
maybe the factory exhaust is still hangin' on it
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:52 AM   #6
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Check alignment of the front and rear tires for inline.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:25 PM   #7
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Do you push harder into right hand turns than you would on a left? Everyone has a favorite side.
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If everything is good to go, flip the tire and run it reverse.

I've done this since 2002 to get extended wear on my front tire and have been able to get 15,000 miles plus. With the cost of tires, screw the manufacturers, get as many miles as you can.
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:30 PM   #9
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Interesting trick. What mileage interval do you use for flipping the tire?
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:02 PM   #10
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Interesting trick. What mileage interval do you use for flipping the tire?
When I start to see the uneven wear justify the work to flip it. If you measure the tread depth that will tell you when to flip.

I usually do this when there is 1/32 - 1/16". You can go out further than this obviously, but if you let it go too far, you won't be able to get the mileage.

The other factor is air pressure, I run the front at no less than 39 lbs and no more than 42 lbs.

With the wheel off, access to cleaning everything up is much easier as well, including the wheel.

Because the front end gets smacked with everything first, with the front wheel off, the extra space helps in being able to do corrosion inspection and if neccessary corrosion repair to the front brake hydraulic metal tubing that runs to each caliper too. I finally overcame that obstacle after fighting corroison on the cheap tubing over 60,000 miles as in Hawaii, the tubing if left unattended will rust out rapidly.

With the front wheel off the ground and then installed, then there is fall away to check too.
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Old 11-12-2012, 11:14 PM   #11
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Backwards thinking

This is somewhat different than the gentleman on another post talking about throttle side tire wear. I have on my 09 A model an inordinate amount of left side tire wear and a number of post make me believe that is fairly common. My question, does the removal of the boat anchor exhaust cause this? Is the bike designed to have a nearly 50 pound exhaust on the right and when we balance the unladen bike would it tip it left and put more wear there? If I am thinking backwards, let me know. Does it effect anything, that is, the exhaust removal. Thanks and best to everyone.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:41 AM   #12
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Ok so throttle side means belt side. And if you are experiencing wear like this is one of two things. Bad bushings in the swingarm or a loose triple tree. Figure out which and get to fixing....

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Ok so throttle side means belt side. And if you are experiencing wear like this is one of two things. Bad bushings in the swingarm or a loose triple tree. Figure out which and get to fixing.....
Bad wheels bearings maybe and an unaligned rear wheel as well. Tire pressure is also something most ignore.

Neither V has ever had an issue with odd tire wear.
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Old 11-13-2012, 04:53 AM   #14
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If everything is good to go, flip the tire and run it reverse.

I've done this since 2002 to get extended wear on my front tire and have been able to get 15,000 miles plus. With the cost of tires, screw the manufacturers, get as many miles as you can.
Some manufacturers recommend against this, Dunlop is one. Some makers have no objection but will tell you most all these tires aredirectional. For the money, I'll just switch them out.

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Since you're US based, right side wear is not the norm.?
If mainly city driving maybe, but 4 lane streets and highways have pitch to either side, crowned in the middle, so running the 2 outside lanes evens things up.
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Old 11-13-2012, 02:18 PM   #15
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Yea, Dunlop loves selling tires.

Such is life, but I have better use of my money else where.

I have done this now for the last 8 years without incident.

Dunlop can keep their 195.00 front tires as long as possible as they do not need my business as frequent as yours I suppose.

Funny, your "Some manufacturers recommend against this" posting means that any mods done should not be done either.

You'll hear that time and again if something goes wrong because of hanging non-Harley bling on your ride.

The dealership likes sticking it to people who do these "mods" and most notablly is heard when the reapir bill is over the top.

Like anything else anyone does, pick and choose carefully what you do, monitor what is going on to be sure safety is not compromised and you should be good to go.

Not certain if you remember the days when people said "running synthetic oil will destroy your Harley engine, as the bearings
were not designed to be used with synthetics".

Yea........K.......

I am very comfortable squeezing all the miles from the tires I can.

Of course, don't take my word for it, I don't know jack sh*t!!



[QUOTE=Vambo;2360904]Some manufacturers recommend against this, Dunlop is one. Some makers have no objection but will tell you most all these tires are directional. For the money, I'll just switch them out.
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