sources for 175/55/17 tires in US

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by transalpian, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. DirtyDR

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    I figured everyone was going to be around the same. It always amazes me that certain tires are only locally available.
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  2. hooligan67

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    A scan on eBay shows that a 155/70/17 is available in both Good Year and Maxxis as a "mini spare" for the Ford Mustang.
    Are theses tires a viable option? They clearly state that they are for temporary use only, but given the application on a hack, I wonder how much abuse they would actually get?
    Anybody have knowledge on these tires?
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  3. Brendan J

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    The mini saver or space saver spare tyres are only supposed to be used to a max speed of 50mph/80kph. They are load rated beyond what would be required for use on a motorcycle but are speed rated to 130kph. I have read some reports on the net that they don't last that well and are expensive to replace, but given that wreckers want jack all for them that may not be a problem. I have been looking at these for a rear application on my outfit. They do come in a range of different sizes. I have seem them down as narrow as a 125 cross width.
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  4. transalpian

    transalpian Over, Across, and Through

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    What do you think of the M&H racemaster radial DOT drag front tire in 185/55-17? Seem to run around $190 shipped.

    Link to website: http://www.mandhtires.com/M-H-Front-Runner/185-55R17-FRONT#.UFtdELd5mc0

    Anyone have any experience with these tires? I will be closely measuring today for clearance.
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  5. Mister P

    Mister P Street Bob - hacked!

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    Tires that are often used overhere in Europe on stock 17" motorcycle wheels - next to the Bridgestone Potenza 175/55R17 - are following

    NANKANG NS2 165/35R17
    Continental VancoContact 185/60R17

    I have the Continental (back) and Bridegstone (front) on my rig - both on stock 17x4,5 Harley wheels. I don't now about availability in the US for the Continental and Nankang?

    Greetings from Belgium :D !
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  6. transalpian

    transalpian Over, Across, and Through

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    Mounted up the M&H this weekend and can report that it fits on the front end of a '05 Rocket 3. A quick ride down the road resulted in nothing too surprising. I'll report more after a few more miles.

    I scored a pair of M&H racemaster radial DOT drag front tire in 185/55-17 on eBay for $200 shipped, so if all goes well, I'll be in front tires for a few years now!

    More to come...
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  7. Csemaj

    Csemaj n00b

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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/331144798462?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

    Tire price is $66.51 with free std shipping in the USA. Above is a URL for an eBay seller in the USA has that tire. I was assured by seller that it is, indeed, 17" and NOT 16" as had been mistakenly advertised by another seller. Check for yourself before ordering, however. This works to replace a 180/55/17 motorcycle tire for a 5.0", 5.5", or 6" rim. Too wide for a 3.5" rim I'd think.

    Fits the rear of BMW K-bikes running the 180/55/17 and, supposedly, clears the radius curve of their single swingarm, too.
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  8. Bobmws

    Bobmws Curmudgeon At Large

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    Let us know how it fits.
    Of course I just bought a 15" wheel & adapter from Claude....:baldy
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  9. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    Any news on tire fitting?
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