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Old 08-06-2012, 08:51 AM   #1
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sources for 175/55/17 tires in US

I'm looking for a 175/55/17 tire to put on the front end of my Rocket 3 rig. Does anybody know of a US source for this (or a similar size) tire?

FYI, the Rocket has a 17" x 3.5" wide front rim.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:26 PM   #2
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:53 PM   #3
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Tried that with a pm and email. No response yet so I'm checking around.
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:10 PM   #4
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Just to be sure we're on the same page, yer talkin about a car tire for your new rig, right? Not a moto tire.

Did you ping the previous owner to see if he had a source?
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:04 PM   #5
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Hey transalpian, looks like you are almost ready with the new rig - can't wait to see it! I guess I should start looking for options myself. Will get to it as soon as my work slows down and let you know if I find out anything new.

In the meantime, here's a UK supplier: http://www.tyres-pneus-online.co.uk/...,R17,81,W.html. With shipping, it is outrageously expensive!
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:13 PM   #6
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BTW, here's an interesting tire size calculator to find possible substitute tire size: http://ejelta.com/tiresize/index.htm...=17&maxdelta=3. I entered the Rocket III factory front tire size (150/80-17) for you.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:23 PM   #7
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I couldn't find anything smaller than 195/45/17 when I was looking for a pusher tire.
FWIW, I've been extremely pleased with a ME880 bias ply on the front of my K-bike rig. Around 4k miles and it's only worn 1.5/32ths. About 1000 of those miles were in the Arkansas twisties.
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:07 AM   #8
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I would be concerned about fitting a 175/55-17 on a 3.5" width rim. A tyre of that size and aspect ratio would be more at home on at least a 4.5-5.5" width rim if not even a bit wider. I've seen guys fit 195-205 width tyres on standard V-strom rims which are only marginly wider and it doesn't look like it's doing the tyres sidewall much good.

I'd be inclined to find something narrower with a higher aspect ratio to fit the rim better.
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:47 AM   #9
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Just to be sure we're on the same page, yer talkin about a car tire for your new rig, right? Not a moto tire.

Did you ping the previous owner to see if he had a source?
Yes, a car tire for the front of my new rig. The bike is coming with a well worn moto tire on the front, I'm preparing to replace it.

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Hey transalpian, looks like you are almost ready with the new rig - can't wait to see it! I guess I should start looking for options myself. Will get to it as soon as my work slows down and let you know if I find out anything new.

In the meantime, here's a UK supplier: http://www.tyres-pneus-online.co.uk/...,R17,81,W.html. With shipping, it is outrageously expensive!
I've seen a lot of those price range options too. I was hoping for something closer -or- to arrange a group buy to reduce the per-tire shipping cost.

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I would be concerned about fitting a 175/55-17 on a 3.5" width rim. A tyre of that size and aspect ratio would be more at home on at least a 4.5-5.5" width rim if not even a bit wider. I've seen guys fit 195-205 width tyres on standard V-strom rims which are only marginly wider and it doesn't look like it's doing the tyres sidewall much good.

I'd be inclined to find something narrower with a higher aspect ratio to fit the rim better.
Here's what that tire looks like on kailuasurfer's Rocket rig with stock front rim:




Seems to fit well and has been a great tire, according to kailuasurfer. Now to be fair, Claude did warn of difficulty sourcing a replacement...
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:55 AM   #10
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I couldn't find anything smaller than 195/45/17 when I was looking for a pusher tire...
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I would be concerned about fitting a 175/55-17 on a 3.5" width rim. A tyre of that size and aspect ratio would be more at home on at least a 4.5-5.5" width rim if not even a bit wider. I've seen guys fit 195-205 width tyres on standard V-strom rims which are only marginly wider and it doesn't look like it's doing the tyres sidewall much good.

I'd be inclined to find something narrower with a higher aspect ratio to fit the rim better.
I was also looking at a Yokohama S-Drive in 195/45/17. It looks to be about 1" wider than the 175/55/17 on kailuasurfer's bike above. I'll need to measure closely, but it looks like it might fit and is super easy to find here in the US. Here is that tire on a FJR1300 stock rear rim:




This rim is 5.5" wide (+2" than mine), but it looks like it might work? More to come....
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:17 AM   #11
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And here is my rig:

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Old 08-07-2012, 04:22 AM   #12
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Not that I know anything about hacks, but, did you look on Tirerack.com? I think they have just about anything.
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Old 08-07-2012, 04:33 AM   #13
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Not that I know anything about hacks, but, did you look on Tirerack.com? I think they have just about anything.
I've looked at all the major (and minor) tire suppliers. It seems this tire is not used on any US-spec cars so it's very hard to obtain here.

It is used on a Euro Spec Lotus Elise so my next idea is to call a Lotus dealer and see if (and for how much) they can find the tire.
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:34 AM   #14
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I understand that the U.S. spec Lotus Elise uses 16 inch front wheels.
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:38 AM   #15
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Yep. The Euro-specs get the 17's, we get 16's. I'm hoping (probably falsely) that my local Lotus dealer can get parts for both?

Have you talked to Claude about suitable replacements?
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