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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-09-2012, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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90/90 Front Tire?

I am considering moving from the standard 80/90 Dunlop junk tire to the 90/90 Metzeler 880; the diameter is of course larger. Has anyone had any problem mounting the larger tire with a stock 900 (2008) Custom fender? Any big issues or things to watch out for changing the tires at home?

Also, when the tires are changed, is it necessary to change the valve stems (especially the rear 90 degree valve stem)? Thanks.
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the metzler will fit no problems...no rubbing other than the lil moulding nibs for the first few miles.....but the first few times you pick up a pebble and it runs through it will sound bad... but its ok it wont hurt anything...
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Thanks. Won't something like catching a pebble damage the fender (aside from the noise)? Is it necessary to change the valve stems, just the valve inserts, or nothing at all?
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Nope the stems will be fine, at least it was on our VN900 with our Reaper front fender. The tire handles much better at speeds.
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The only issue I had with my 90/90 metz was when hitting a large bump on the road the rubbed and melted a little bit of the tire on the fender and also the fender melted a bit on contact with the tire. This only happened once and it was a large bump. Would I go back to 80/90 probably not.


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Any issues for you re: the tire rubbing the fender?
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No issues with rubbing, I have however changed to the Avon Roadrider 90/90 up front, it fits as well and so far much better feel on the road. I had some problems with 2 metz so I changed brands {you can search my threads to see what happened, Metzler blistering}

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Funny, based on my research I was going to go with the Roadrider too. Thanks!
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I've had the Metzler 90/90 on mine for 2 years now with no serious problem. I do get the little zing now an then if I'm on gravel, but that's all. I'm considering grinding out the fender mounts a little to lift the fender and 1/8" or so, but I'm not sure I'm even going to bother. I do need to replace the rear stem though, that stupid 90 degree rubber mount won't hold pressure any more.
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No issues with rubbing, I have however changed to the Avon Roadrider 90/90 up front, it fits as well and so far much better feel on the road. I had some problems with 2 metz so I changed brands {you can search my threads to see what happened, Metzler blistering}
I also had problems with 2 of the Metz in a row. The 1st was a tread blister with about 60% of the tread life still remaining, the 2nd was a sidewall blister after only 200-300 miles.

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