2008 FXSTC Front Tire

Discussion in 'Wheels' started by machineman66, Nov 28, 2015.

  1. machineman66

    machineman66 New Member

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    I bought a 2008 FXSTC with 2100 miles on it. Am currently on the 3rd front tire due to cupping. The bike only has 11000 miles now! HELP! I check pressure regularly and have changed fork oil.
     
  2. nakkers

    nakkers Active Member

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    What pressure you running? Where do you ride? What rubber you running?
     
  3. dolt

    dolt Senior Member Contributor

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    It would help to know what tires you have run; are you running the sidewall pressure or something else; have the tires been balance every time new rubber is mounted; etc.

    Most cupping is due to low pressure, improper balance and/or loose neck bearings.:s
     
  4. gator508

    gator508 Senior Member

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    Yes you should do much better than that. So have you gone thru 2 tires in ~ 9000 miles.

    As suggested by others, recheck your tire pressure, run 30 in the front, 36-40 in the back. Do you have any front end wobble, if so you need to tighten the neck bearings, I had this problem on mine. Check for this by keeping a very light grip on the bars as you slow down, if it's there the front end will shake.

    Another check would be the tightness of the spokes, each should be torqued to 55 inch/pounds minimum. You also may need to true the wheel, probably best done by HD service.
     
  5. Harttoo

    Harttoo Senior Member

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    Important to know what brand tire is cupping.If Dunlop,switch to Michelin.
     
  6. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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  7. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    On my 92 fxstc I have avon venom tyres and run a pressure of 38 psi on the front with no problems
    Radial constructed tyres usually need higher pressures than bias/cross ply construction due to a more flexible side wall
    HD recommended tyre pressure is for the stock tyre only

    Brian