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post #1 of 21 Old 07-28-2015, 07:15 AM Thread Starter
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Time for new shoes on the 08. Checked the tire sizes to make sure and on the back wheel it has a 130/90-17 on it, whereas the book calls for a 130/80-17. Any advantage or disadvantage to either one? I weigh 250# if that makes any difference. Also where do y'all get your rear tube? I can't seem to find one specific for that size.
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post #2 of 21 Old 07-29-2015, 07:25 PM
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It's just a little taller. Just watch out for the taller knobbies.

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The 130 is the width in millimeters which converts to 5.10 inches. I use a 4.50-17 tube in mine.
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130 = mm in width
80 = 80% of tire width is the sidewall height

so 130mm wide or 5.11"
80% of 130 is 104mm tall or 4.09"

130/90 is 117mm tall or 4.60"

130/80 tire spins 31 more times per mile than the 130/90 meaning it can wear out slightly faster since it turns more revolutions.

The 130/90 will also add a little more cushion to the ride over rough terrain as well.

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I've been running a 130/90 Shinko 705 on mine since I bought it. I wanted a taller tire.

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post #6 of 21 Old 07-30-2015, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Maybe that helped make them last so long. I bought the bike used with these Shinko 705's on it with 3,700 miles on it, the odometer today says 13,950. Not bad for a cheaper tire. I might just stick with that taller size. Thank you
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Maybe that helped make them last so long. I bought the bike used with these Shinko 705's on it with 3,700 miles on it, the odometer today says 13,950. Not bad for a cheaper tire. I might just stick with that taller size. Thank you
I've got a set of 705's ready to go on my '09. I'd love to get that kind of mileage out of a set of tires.
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post #8 of 21 Old 08-05-2015, 11:50 PM
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Any photos to vissualy compare the 130/80 to the 130/90 ? I join the taller tire club. I would prefer a taller tire. Since this is an off road bike, more rubber between me and terrain is better. Also a taller tire adds to height and clerance from ground. Just would like a visual. I think I am going 90 next time.
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post #9 of 21 Old 08-30-2015, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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Difference between the 80 and a 90
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post #10 of 21 Old 08-30-2015, 01:22 PM
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Great. That extra diametre is extra protection fir the wheel, gives clerance to engine block and adds to confort upon ridding on rough terrain. I am all for it
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