Tire Models And sizes.

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Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:36 pm

When i bought my bike a couple years ago i replaced the Tires for the exact size and Style they were before.
Front: Battlax BT014F 120/70Z R17M/C
Rear: Battlax BT45R 140/70-18

I am now in need of new tires but as a full time college student and living on my own money is not as accesible a i would like. since my beautiful XJ600 is my means of transportation and noticing the thread is all but gone i need to get new tires like NOW.

I have been looking online and see a few different types that fit sizes but the front and rear styles dont match (same company different model) could this pose a problem or as long as they are the same size it should be fine?
also can anyone reccomend a place to get the cheapest good quality tire.

Sorry to be asking alot but can anyone point me in the direction of the tools i may need to change the tires myself instead of spending 150 just on installation.

I have worked on cars almost my whole life but messing with my bikes scares me a little bit but i feel with the support of this community i could do it.

Thanks again sorry it was so long.
Lex.
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Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:45 pm

Here's a pretty good thread on DIY Tire Changes: viewtopic.php?f=10&t=71

I've mounted three sets of tires on the XJ and it's not particularly difficult. My local gear shop started advertising tire changes for $20 a wheel if the wheel is off the bike. For $40, it's not worth the anguish and potential rim scratches that come with me doing the tires myself (especially on tubed tires like my BMW uses).

You might try looking in the stock tire size; I think there are a few more options available (and despite the popularity of installing wider tires, the bike does handle amazingly well on the stock sizes ;) ):
  • Front: 110/80 R17
    Rear: 130/70 R18
I like Kenda Cruisers. You can usually find them for under $140 for the pair and they wear well.

Using BikeBandit for reference, it looks like there are several sets available in stock sizes, where you can match front and rear (sorted, price, low to high):
  • * Kenda Cruiser (K671)
    * Michelin Pilot Activ
    * Bridgestone Battlax BT45
    * Avon AM26 Roadrider
    * Dunlop GT501
    * Metzeler Lasertec
    * Conti Go!
I've mismatched tire manufacturers and as long as the sizes are right, the bike usually feels fine. I don't necessarily recommend mismatching as a matched set likely works better (as it's designed to work together) and maintains the bikes value
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Fri Jan 20, 2012 2:23 pm

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Fri Jan 20, 2012 2:56 pm

I have a rear for sale if you're interested. Here's the info. http://xjrider.com/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=471
And I'm just up in Orlando myself so getting it to ya shouldn't be too difficult if you like.
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Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:02 pm

i appreciate the offer draco but i just think going thinner on the rear tire than stock isnt how i want to go.
you should try and post it on ebay it looks like it is in good condition.
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Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:05 pm

Icarus wrote:i appreciate the offer draco but i just think going thinner on the rear tire than stock isnt how i want to go.
you should try and post it on ebay it looks like it is in good condition.
Hey, no prob! :)
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Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:39 pm

Thanks for all the help guys,
I bought a set of Kenda K671 front and rear, when they get here putting those bad boys on and getting back to work on some of the more important tasks.
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Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:15 pm

where you end up buying from?
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Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:10 am

Bikebandit. I did a quote with dairyland insurance to get an extra 10% off too.
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