Tire Pressure Dilemma

Discussion in 'Wheels' started by softailhog, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. softailhog

    softailhog Active Member

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    I have been putting 36psi in my front tire on my 2002 Heritage since it was new, as stated in the owner's manual that came with the bike from the dealer. The other day I happened to be looking for something else in the service manual and noticed that it states 30psi for ALL softail models in 2002.
    The maximum pressure as stated on the sidewall of the tire is 40psi (D402) but I take that to mean with a maximum load, not everyday riding. So how much pressure would you put in? I have been happy with the wear, etc. with 36 in the front, should I change it to match the service manual spec? Nobody at HD can decide.............
     
  2. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    36 may be for 2 up riding? If your tire is not wearing in the center and the bike hanles good I think you should be OK, I run my front (DULOP) @ 35 most of the time and have no problems watch for excessive wear:s
     
  3. softailhog

    softailhog Active Member

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    Yeah Jack, 2-up riding most of the time. I haven't seen any excessive wear at all.
     
  4. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    :s You should be Good to go :rider
     
  5. ahern25

    ahern25 Active Member

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    If thats what you have been doing for the last ten years, and have not had any issues, then you should be fine. If it aint broke dont fix it.
     
  6. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    If you check out their (Dunlop's) website, it lists 36-40 psi both front and rear depending on load.

    TQ
     
  7. softailhog

    softailhog Active Member

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    TQ, that's what I have been running for quite awhile for 2-up, I just had trouble with the service manual saying something different.
     
  8. RibEye

    RibEye Junior Member Contributor

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    Service manuals can be wrong. It has happened. I would go with the best 2 out of 3 mfg. sources.

    Enjoy,
    Rich P