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post #1 of 13 Old 04-02-2011, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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Wink Put my new Heidenau K60's on today....

It was a toss up between the Mefo's and the Heidenau's. I went with the K60's front and back. Only got a short ride afterwards but they seem to be much more predictable than the Dunlop 750's that came off. Then again, that may not be saying much!

I'll have to play around with the pressures to where they need to be. Got 'em from Black Dog.

I'll post the tread wear from time to time. Here's hoping for the Holy Grail of great performance and decent treadwear....
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post #2 of 13 Old 04-03-2011, 12:16 AM
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I'll be watching this thread closely, I really like the looks of those tires! They are a little on the pricey side though aren't they?

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post #3 of 13 Old 04-03-2011, 12:28 AM
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Buddy got a set of Heidenau's and was completely disappointed with the wear. They almost 'came out of the box' squared off and didn't get any better.
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Tire wear and cost

I did lots of research on these and the Mefo's. First and foremost - take internet research with a grain of salt! I don't believe everything I see on the net. That being said, many have posted that they have gotten exceptional mileage from both the Heidenau's and Mefo's. Several have said they've gotten 8K miles or more. I guess I'll find out the hard way. Where I live, anything offroad is super-soft sugar sand (2 miles from the Gulf coast). I have a hard time in it but it is very easy on tires. (My kid leaves me behind with his XR80.....)

As for the price, yes, they are more than many but not near as expensive as the Mefos, Metzlers or Continentals I was considering. I had them at my door for around $220 including shipping. If I get over 8K miles out of them, I'll consider them a good deal.

I balanced them and during a short ride afterwards I noted that there was no shake or vibration on the street. They were a little noisy, but not too bad. I don't mind a little noise because I know it is unavoidable with an agressive dirt tire.
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post #5 of 13 Old 04-27-2011, 02:31 PM
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I have a MEFO 99 Explorer on the front and am running about 50/50 pavement and gravel. I have 7000 kms on it to date and some swear it is new (still have the nubs on it). It looks like it will go 16,000 kms (10,000 miles)for sure so I guess the price is worth it.

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I have a MEFO 99 Explorer on the front and am running about 50/50 pavement and gravel. I have 7000 kms on it to date and some swear it is new (still have the nubs on it). It looks like it will go 16,000 kms (10,000 miles)for sure so I guess the price is worth it.
I'm getting ready to put Explorers on mine. Hope they last awhile! The gravel around here is murder on my rear tire. Curious to see how the Heidenau's do. Keep us posted!




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post #7 of 13 Old 08-05-2011, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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Well, my front tire is toast.....

due to hitting something and cutting through both nylon belts and into the tube. It is a cut under one of the tread blocks about 1" long outside showing about 3/4" inch inside. This after 1200 miles....

I guess I'll be shopping for another tire. It will be a 4 ply tire to be sure! I wasn't impressed with these tires in the soft sugar sand in the Texas coastal area where I live. Thinking a more agressive tread might be in order. Maybe bigger too.
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post #8 of 13 Old 05-21-2012, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
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Now the rear is toast....

After only 4600 miles! The rear wore flat down the middle and squared off the knobs. The final blow was the way 2 thorns punched through and perfed the tube. I had problems with thorns in the front tire too. Maybe more belts would help, I don't know. I just installed a Shinko E700 TrailMaster on the rear. I've had the same model on the front for several months now and it seems to be doing OK.
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nice to read a tested update

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nice to read a tested update
Indeed. I appreciate your effort to get back and let us know what happened with those tires.



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