Low profile tires?

Discussion in 'Softail Models' started by mnkanderson, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. mnkanderson

    mnkanderson New Member

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    Tire help for newbie! I've got a 1996 softail springer and I'd like to move up to an 18" rim in the rear without doing a fat tire kit. Are there lower profile tire options that give the sidewall look of the wide tire bikes but still maintain fitment on a 3.5" wheel width so I won't have to change pulley or other things?

    Thanks for the help!
     
  2. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Hmmm. That is one of those things you are gonna have to research. Good thing is you do not have more than a half dozen main manufacturers to check out:

    AVON
    Dunlop
    Metzeler
    Michelin
    Pirelli

    And maybe Continental

    The important thing is you want the tire diameter to be the same as the original. So you have to bear that in mind when you are choosing rim size and width/aspect ratio. And be very careful you are not sacrificing the load rating.

    TQ
     
  3. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    One thing to keep in mind less aspect ratio looks cool but they tend to be a lot stiffer and IMO do not corner as good