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docmike



Joined: 27 Jan 2005
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Location: Eastern NC

PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 12:44 pm    Post subject: tire wear Reply with quote

Which of your tires wears out first?

My sidecar tire seems to go first, worn on the outside. I get about 8 to 10 K miles out of it. Next is the rear tire.

I've never "worn" out a front, just change it when I do the rear (before it dry rots.)

So, am I running to much toe in?

With the EML sideways swing arm the sidecar tire does change camber as is moves up and down, sort of like a swing axle VW bug. I've got it where is pretty much vertical under load. Maybe that's not helping??

I'm not complaining, just curious.

Mike
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bmcsheehy



Joined: 22 Jan 2005
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Location: Massachusetts USA

PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Mike,
My tire wear was about even I would say.
Maybe a little more on the sidecar tire.
I was running about 1/2" of toe in.

The zx14, I am predicting the rear will wear a lot quicker.
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Ralph



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PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2008 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"So, am I running to much toe in? "
Most likely Mike


"The zx14, I am predicting the rear will wear a lot quicker."
That would be my guess Big Grin
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Dar



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Location: Ballston Spa, NY

PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 4:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just checked tire wear on the Bandito...
Started the trip to Alaska last summer with 3 new tires: Vredestein Sporttrac on the front and sidecar, a different profile (larger diameter) Bridgestone on the rear. Today, about 12.5k miles later, there's a little over 3/16ths inch of tread on the sidecar wheel, and about 1/16th more rubber left on the front wheel. Less tread remaining on the rear tire, but I don't know if that started with the same depth of tread as the other 2 tires.

Then checked the tires that I took off last year (the ones that came on the Bandito when I bought it 10k miles earlier), same wear pattern - more wear on the sidecar than the front wheel, less tread remaining on the rear. In fact, the tires that I took off measure just about the same tread on all 3 tires as what's on the bike now.
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