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Old 06-09-2009, 11:12 AM   #11
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well at least he didnt call me out by name specifically. only reason i was looking for a 70 was cause that is what was on it. ended up with a 160/60/17 anyway, but thanks for the info!!
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Old 06-09-2009, 01:40 PM   #12
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Would someone now like to explain the date code
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Old 06-09-2009, 05:49 PM   #13
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Would someone now like to explain the date code
Sure, if a guy pays for the entire dinner and movie, some kind of nookie is expected in return at the en...... oh, wait... Your not talking about THAT Date code....

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The date of manufacture is indicated by the last group of digits in the DOT manufacture code on the sidewall of the tire. The number is often stamped in a recessed rectangle. The DOT code tells who manufactured the tire, where it was made and when. The last group of digits in the code is the date code that tells when the tire was made.

Before 2000, the date code had three digits. Since 2000, it has had four. The first two digits are the week of the year (01 = the first week of January). The third digit (for tires made before 2000) is the year (1 = 1991). For most tires made after 2000, the third and fourth digits are the year (04 = 2004).
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Old 01-20-2010, 12:50 PM   #14
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Putting the fattest tire is not always a good idea. I can think of at least 2 issues with this. One - You would need to make both front and rear tires wider to keep the handling right. Do you think the choppers with the giant rear tire and a skinny little one in front handle well? Nope. In many cases a skinnier tire will mean quicker response when turning. Racers will go to a skinner tire when they need to be able to turn quicker. Two - If you put on a fatter tire and the rim is still factory the tire will roll more side to side because of the fact that the sidewall is stretched to a thinner wheel. If you were to upgrade, you should upgrade both wheels and tires. Just my 2 cents...
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:07 PM   #15
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how will a radial tire be different from a non radial tire ( like a metzeler ME55 ) ?
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Old 03-17-2010, 08:12 PM   #16
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how will a radial tire be different from a non radial tire ( like a metzeler ME55 ) ?
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Can someone please help me. I can buy some chrome wheels off of a 94 fzr600. They look identical to katana wheels. Please advise if they will fit on my 93 katana 600.
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I think that's a 18" wheel. Some quick googling helps answer.
http://forums.13x.com/showthread.php?t=145837

Basically, yes... it might work, but you'll need to change the entire rear brake setup to match the fzr.
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Old 11-17-2010, 12:13 PM   #19
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I've been reading about tires but I'm still a little unsure...

What is a good way to find a tire with a matching profile?

I NEED a front tire like yesterday but I can't get the rear until after the holidays(rear has lots of life left). Do I just look at the profiles and try and get something that is close to my existing profile in the rear or is there some numbers that should match to get me close?

I have a good idea as to what to get except profile is tripping me up.

I also know the OEM size is front: 110/80-17 and rear: 140/80-17
--Edit: Bridgstone says "front: 110/80-17 and rear: 140/80-17" are OEM but I"ve found the KR says"120/70ZR17 front, 150/70ZR17 rear", either way I'm good with sizes.--
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Old 11-17-2010, 02:46 PM   #20
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I've been reading about tires but I'm still a little unsure...

What is a good way to find a tire with a matching profile?

I NEED a front tire like yesterday but I can't get the rear until after the holidays(rear has lots of life left). Do I just look at the profiles and try and get something that is close to my existing profile in the rear or is there some numbers that should match to get me close?

I have a good idea as to what to get except profile is tripping me up.

I also know the OEM size is front: 110/80-17 and rear: 140/80-17
--Edit: Bridgstone says "front: 110/80-17 and rear: 140/80-17" are OEM but I"ve found the KR says"120/70ZR17 front, 150/70ZR17 rear", either way I'm good with sizes.--

Profile is talking about the curvature of the tire. A "good' profile depends upon the type of riding your using. A more flattened profile is good for touring/long rides. A more curved profile is good for twisty/aggresive riding as it helps with turns being quicker.

Generally just choosing a tire for the riding style and of the appropriate size for the rim will get you close enough in proper profile. The concern and discusion here about profiles is around the concept of oversized tires on rims causing a distorted profile, or making the tire have a profile it was not designed for.

Stock sizes for the pre kats were 110/80 and 140/80 for the 600s, and 110/80 and 150/70 for the 750s. In general, it's extreamly hard to find those sizes with the 80 profiles anymore. Most sports tires are 70 or lower in profile by alot of the brands. So a 110/70 or 120/70 with 150/70s are normally what we recomend for the Pre kat tires (unless you have an 88 600 rim type with 6 spokes... those rims are smaller than the rest).

Tires will perform the best with a matched set. It is possible to run differnet tires though. If you have a set in mind, buy the front now... replace the back later to match the set. Just don't try and run on the street like someone would on the track.

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