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post #1 of 21 Old 02-03-2009, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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17" Wheels

As anyone installed 17" wheels and tires? If so what wheels did you use?

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post #2 of 21 Old 02-04-2009, 03:01 AM
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Good question Iv seen a Pic of one on here... "RAT" some thing not sure ... Looked cool... Like to know how it would handle..
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post #3 of 21 Old 02-04-2009, 10:47 AM
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Call me a dumb a__ but why would ya do that? I'm serious, if there would be an advantage to having 17" wheels front and rear please expand on the benefits.

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post #4 of 21 Old 02-04-2009, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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Call me a dumb a__ but why would ya do that? I'm serious, if there would be an advantage to having 17" wheels front and rear please expand on the benefits.

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Get that SuperMotard look like the KLX250SF, street sportbike radial tires. I use my KLR on the street for commuting. Have never had it off road and have no real plans to do so.

Not sure what will need to set the handling. Probably need to lower the rear end to match the smaller front wheel.

A friend did this to his DR400 and it looks GREAT! I saw one (KLR) at Deal Gap in 2005.

Looking to see if a set of wheels from a 250\500 NINJA may fit.

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Call me a dumb a__ but why would ya do that? I'm serious, if there would be an advantage to having 17" wheels front and rear please expand on the benefits.

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Here's the reason I laced up a 17" front wheel. If/when I take an extended trip on my KLR, instead of carrying two different sized spare tires, I could carry one spare tire (4.50"x17") and use it for either the front or rear.

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I like the looks of that Tom...Very nice ride.

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post #7 of 21 Old 02-04-2009, 07:21 PM
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I like the looks of that Tom...Very nice ride.
Thanks. My next project. KLX650R forks with KLX650C triple trees:

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post #8 of 21 Old 02-04-2009, 07:59 PM
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Yeah Tom that does look good what did you notice different in the handling ?
Do you mostly ride pavement? How did you regear the spedo ? The larger front tire is for off road/ rough terrain handling a larger tire will roll over a bump easier than a small tire right ?. I'll bet the front braking improved huh. nice bike BTW.
Sorry for so many question's I like it I am curious haha. thank's
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Yeah Tom that does look good what did you notice different in the handling ?
Do you mostly ride pavement? How did you regear the spedo ? The larger front tire is for off road/ rough terrain handling a larger tire will roll over a bump easier than a small tire right ?. I'll bet the front braking improved huh. nice bike BTW.
Sorry for so many question's I like it I am curious haha. thank's
1...I ride 99.9% pavement. I'm to old to fall down and break bones
2...On both my bikes I rely on a GPS to keep me legal.
3...This has been hashed over to death on "other" forums.
4...Stock brakes up front either way. Never noticed a difference.

Corner "turn-in" is much quicker....AKA....twisties are "funner"

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post #10 of 21 Old 02-04-2009, 08:33 PM
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1...I ride 99.9% pavement. I'm to old to fall down and break bones
2...On both my bikes I rely on a GPS to keep me legal.
3...This has been hashed over to death on "other" forums.
4...Stock brakes up front either way. Never noticed a difference.

Corner "turn-in" is much quicker....AKA....twisties are "funner"
HAHA Gotchya Thank's Tom I like the look, nice ride.
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