Hacking North by NorthEast...

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by Abenteuerfahrer, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    After researching for hours trying to find a reliable source for the 165/80R15, I broadened the search a bit and discovered that BFG makes their Radial T/A in a 155/80R15. Their distribution network covers the US, making it easier to find a replacement on the road. That's the path I'll be taking.

    Claude -- the check is made out and will be posted in the morning. Thanks for working with me on this!

    Pete
  2. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Hi Pete...

    Good info! I am sure this has been addressed before but cannot find it here on ADV. The 155/15 is narrower then the 165/15...does this have adverse effects on the ride/performance? Isn't the tire a bit smaller in circumference? Sorry, I am a noob about the car tire. I know you're busy, Claude, but can you chime in?

    Cheers
  3. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    Elmer,
    The 155 is slightly smaller in rolling diameter. This is not a bad thing at all.The 165 which is by far more popular is alittle lareger than what is normally the stock bike tire diameter. WE ARE SPLITTING HAIRS HERE AS THE FIGURES ARE QUITE CLOSE. Also there can be some variance between manufaturers no matter what size is stamped on the sidewall.
    Gary Haynes (fornerly hack'd magazine and sidecar magic shoppe) who you met in W.Va. last year opted to mount a 155 on our wheel conversion for his BMW GT. He has been coast to coast twice now with no issues.
    The 155 will typically cost more than the 165.Tire wear is about the same. Only real difference on a day to day basis is cost.
  4. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    Claude is right. Here are the dimensions I have for one tire manufacturer:
    165/80R15: 25.4" OD, 6.5" width
    155/80R15: 24.8" OD, 6.1" width

    The Shinko 705 radial I currently run is 25.1" OD.
  5. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    The 155/80R15 would probably clear the fender of the hack better, both in width and diameter. I'm running 165/80R15 and it rubs the fender on the inside and on the top of the fender.

    The lower gearing might be better, too. I'll bet it would run a lot better than the 165R15 that was originally on the car tire conversion.
  6. BOOGIEMAN

    BOOGIEMAN Been here awhile

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    we ate at the same place ,what great food.:clap
  7. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    where is a picture of your food, please?
    glad you resurrected this thread again
  8. BOOGIEMAN

    BOOGIEMAN Been here awhile

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    I have not gotten into taking pictures of my food. Came from a family of farmers and grabbed your food quickley or you were out of luck. Then came the Army where you ate quickley and moved on. So to answer your question the question food does not stay my plate long enough for photos. :lol3
  9. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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  10. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner

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    sadly.... i live my life like that now...
    which is why i have an EVER-EXPANDING WAISTLINE..... :cry