Final tire question...I promise.....maybe

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by Adamal47, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. Adamal47

    Adamal47 Active Member

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    So I was shopping for tires and I have a question. If both my front and rear tire are 130/90/16 then why is there a difference between front and rear tire. Can I just put a front tire on the rear and save a few bucks? What's the difference?
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  2. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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  3. SilverFoXD

    SilverFoXD Active Member Contributor

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    Understand that it can be done as long as the tires physically fit and the direction of the rear tire is reversed. Something to do with the difference between the front and back pulling and pushing.

    But looking at the Dunlop site, and assuming you are talking about the D402, their rear tires have a higher load capacity, slightly larger diameter, and deeper tread. The front tread depth is 5/32" on each model while the rear has either 9/32" or 11/32". From experience, the rear tire wears out faster, even with the deeper tread, than the front.

    So, looks like you could run a front tire on the rear, where it was not designed, to save money initially and then replace it more often than you otherwise would. I'd think the economics are against you plus whatever safety issues (which are not being addressed) would arise.

    Just my 2ยข. Your bike, you decide.
     
  4. Bodeen

    Bodeen Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Mine aren't the same but I would imagine that the weight rating would have to be different.
     
  5. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

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    I've seen people run rears on the front after reversing direction arrow. But the front to rear switch I have not seen.
     
  6. STEVE07

    STEVE07 Well-Known Member Staff Member Super Moderators

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    Tires anymore are a multi-compound and the rear has a harder centre for wear and softer sidewalls for grip,the front tire is usually made of a harder compound than the rear.I would put a rear on the front,but not the front on the rear.
     
  7. Adamal47

    Adamal47 Active Member

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    This is the answer I was looking for. Thanks guys for your help.
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  8. HDSickness

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    Not a good place to try and save some dough....Tires are way too important!
     
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    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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  10. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    I have in the past seen tyres that were designed to be either front or rear but the direction of rotation had to be reversed due to the difference in loading between front and rear
    modern tyres are a wee bit more advanced and for safety should be fitted in the appropriate place
    a good matched set of tyres may make the difference between going down or staying upright in some circumstances

    Brian