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  • #46
    I had a guy at the local shop try selling me a Conti motion 160/60/17.
    Would this be an ok tire for commuting? Its going to be about 95% straight line driving and only to and from work (about 10 miles one way)

    I dont want to waste money on a nice twisty tire if I have no use for it.

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    • #47
      Originally posted by Kat Floyd View Post
      I had a guy at the local shop try selling me a Conti motion 160/60/17.
      Would this be an ok tire for commuting? Its going to be about 95% straight line driving and only to and from work (about 10 miles one way)

      I dont want to waste money on a nice twisty tire if I have no use for it.
      That would be ok for a commuter tire, no reason that I can think of not to get it.

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      • #48
        Originally posted by Kat Floyd View Post
        I had a guy at the local shop try selling me a Conti motion 160/60/17.
        Would this be an ok tire for commuting? Its going to be about 95% straight line driving and only to and from work (about 10 miles one way)

        I dont want to waste money on a nice twisty tire if I have no use for it.


        Yes, the tire brand would be just fine.


        The size is going to be a little rougher of a ride. For commuting, I'd suggest a 70 series at least. You would get a much smoother and more comfortable ride out of the tire that way.


        The larger the side wall, the more vibration and small bumps the tire absorbs from the road with out transferring that to you.


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        • #49
          Thanks guys! for just a 10 mile trip one way I can deal with a little harsher ride.

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          • #50
            Will the 120/70/17 Front & 150/70/17 Rear tire work on the pre 88 rims

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            • #51
              No, too narrow. You can swap to 90-97 wheels, really easy.
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              • #52
                What tire size to use for these rims 92? Glad i never clicked confirm on that order...

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                • #53
                  I shouldn't of said no, I should of said what brand. Do some researching the front wheel width is 2.5" the rear is 3" you can use the 120/70/17 on the front, it calls for a 110/80/17 the rear calls for a 140/80/17, 150/70/17 is recommended. I have tried that fitment, it deforms the rear tire some. FYI, tires of a different brand, same width may fit a narrower 88-89 rear wheel, the pre kat standard is 3.5" on the rear. Although you may not have much of a choice in using that setup, 120/80 and 140/80 isn't a popular size and cal be difficult to find.
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