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Old 29th October 2010
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Ok did the 110 MM Metzler on a 19 incher deal and I have to say that I LOVE IT!
not only does the front end look much more beefy but it rides so much better now. I like having mo rubber under the front forks, YES! Did several sweepers, on ramps, off ramps, some with rain groves and it felt like I was not pushing hard enough, amazing. I did have to install the front fender AFTER I put the wheel/tire combo on and I stretched the fender mount flanges apart too to try to get better than 1/16th inch clearance. wow tight, but this gap will wear open soon. Photos attached, the old 21 incher looks like a bicycle tire/wheel now in comparison. Thanks to the Forum I now have decent rubber on the front end and better handling too. Sweeeet.
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Ok did the 110 MM Metzler on a 19 incher deal and I have to say that I LOVE IT!
not only does the front end look much more beefy but it rides so much better now. I like having mo rubber under the front forks, YES! Did several sweepers, on ramps, off ramps, some with rain groves and it felt like I was not pushing hard enough, amazing. I did have to install the front fender AFTER I put the wheel/tire combo on and I stretched the fender mount flanges apart too to try to get better than 1/16th inch clearance. wow tight, but this gap will wear open soon. Photos attached, the old 21 incher looks like a bicycle tire/wheel now in comparison. Thanks to the Forum I now have decent rubber on the front end and better handling too. Sweeeet.
DAMN IT! I was trying to avoid this over the weekend! I just received my 19" wheel last night...debating on the 110 no mo'....where di you get the rubbah?
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That looks great!!

Im doing this as well. I picked up a good deal on a 130 AVON on a 3.4 x 18" wheel at a recent swap meet. Im having to add the sportster hub and relace it with Buchannans spokes but I wont be in it too much dough. I did sand off the fender mounts and shave down the outter most lip of the tire with a planer to get a couple more MMs of clearnace. Ill post pics as soon as the wheel gets back from powder coating.

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Interesting, Metzeler's website no longer recommends the 110 for the front (on my '06 R anyway). I went with the 100 when I put on tires on in August. Also love the 880s and improved ride/handling.
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Thanks guys, Hi BurpleHugger. I got the rubber from Motorcycle Superstore, about 139.00 with shipping, got it all, Tire, Wheel Spoke inner skin, inner tube for 139.00 includes shipping two days. There's only about 1/16 inch clearance between the Fender brackets and the sidewalls. No contact on the sidewalls or tread edge though from my 60 mile test drive, some hard cornering and sometimes up to 90+ MPH. All feels very stable now, this also adds to a recent E Type HD fork oil and Progressive f/springs install.

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In real numbers how much wider is it than the original? It looks great. By the way, how much clearance do yo have between fork legs? I was wondering if it is the same as on my '09 Nightster? The stock tire is about 4 inches sidewall to sidewall with 5+ inches between the fork legs and 5/16" clearance from each sidewall to the fender struts.
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Each to his own. I like the narrow front tire.
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I'm not sure how wide the Nightster tire is Mine was a Dunlop 90mm, I went with the 110mm Metz and I have approx 1/16 inch clearance between the fender brackets and the edge of the tread. Had to mount the fender after putting on the new tire wheel combo and stretch the fender brackets apart some. But It works out very nicely, rides real nice too. The overall height diff, ground to axle is about 1/2 inch higher. So I basically maintained my rake & trail numbers.
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