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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-20-2014, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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Problem with Metzler 880 Tires

I installed a Metzler 880 130/90.16 WW tire on the front of my '09 Voyager last fall. Have put about 4000 miles on it. Had a used bike dealer tell me that my tire was ready to fail because it had tiny cracks next to the rim! (My Kawasaki dealer installed the Metzler) Anybody else run into this?

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What is the production date on the tire? The last 4 digits at the end of the DOT number.

2007 V2K, Pearl White/Ti, Road Burner 3", Fi2000, Euro gears, Double Darkside (totaled 4/25/15)
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Sorry it took so long-bike was at dealers so had to go back to find date. The last 4 digits are "4712". I assume that is the 47th week of 2012? The tire was installed 4/13. Thanks for your consideration.

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Ok, you're good there. I bought a 'new' tire once that was 5yrs old. Dropped it in a 25mph right turn because it was so hard.

I have seen the tiny cracks in the rubber that run along the rim on cars. Never seen a failure. I'm sure you will be fine as long as you keep an eye on them and they don't appear to be getting bigger.

The front ME880's on my Honda would last about 25K miles. It was almost due for another one when I sold it.

2007 V2K, Pearl White/Ti, Road Burner 3", Fi2000, Euro gears, Double Darkside (totaled 4/25/15)
1998 STX 1100 JETSKI (HERS)
1996 ZXi 1100 JETSKI
1990 KDX200
1982 GL500 SILVERWING (sold)
1981 KDX175
1983 JEEP WAGONEER
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Do you remember if they were manufactured in Germany or Brazil? I remember people saying Brazil had some problems with their tires a couple of years ago.


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My ME880s were both German rear, Brazilian front and I had no problems with either.

2007 V2K, Pearl White/Ti, Road Burner 3", Fi2000, Euro gears, Double Darkside (totaled 4/25/15)
1998 STX 1100 JETSKI (HERS)
1996 ZXi 1100 JETSKI
1990 KDX200
1982 GL500 SILVERWING (sold)
1981 KDX175
1983 JEEP WAGONEER
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