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post #1 of 11 Old 05-19-2013, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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Different tires front & rear?

Anybody have thoughts about using different tires between the front and rear?

At 4200 miles I replaced both stock tires with Shiko 700 series. Then, last fall, when I put the bike away for the winter, I knew the rear Shinko was about worn out (another 4700 on the clock). The front still had less than 50% wear. So, over the winter I purchased a replacement rear tire (another Shinko 700).

I removed the rear tire yesterday. What a PITA! These Shiko 700s are tubeless. Not a problem going on (still using the tubes). But try to get them off! It took me about an hour and a half just to break the bead! I finally got it with a board, two C-clamps, a wedge and a mallet. The whole time Iím wondering how I would ever do this out on the road/trail.
Because I already had the new tire, I reluctantly mounted the new Shinko 700 on the rear.

Now I look at the front tire: plenty of tread but the sidewalls are starting to split. I gotta replace it. Because of the problem breaking the bead on the rear Shinko 700, I want to stay away from the tubeless on the front (no more Shinko 700s). That means a different type tire.

Can I mix different tires? I would still want a 60/40 (road/dirt).
If so, any recommendations on what I can use on the front that would be compatible with the rear Shiko 700?
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-19-2013, 09:09 AM
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Any of the semi knobies would work such as the 244 or Kenda 270's No harm in mixing tires if they work for you.

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A C clamp works well to break a stubborn bead. Instead of putting it on from the rubber side, put it on from the rim side. This way it reaches over the rim onto the bead. Tighten it till the bead breaks on one side then turn it over and do the other side. This is the easiest way to break a stubborn bead I have found. I carry a 4" C clamp in my tire repair kit.
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A C clamp works well to break a stubborn bead. Instead of putting it on from the rubber side, put it on from the rim side. This way it reaches over the rim onto the bead. Tighten it till the bead breaks on one side then turn it over and do the other side. This is the easiest way to break a stubborn bead I have found. I carry a 4" C clamp in my tire repair kit.
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Hey justjeff. I also use the C-clamp method. Instead of putting it over the tire itself you come in from the rim side? What a great idea! I never thought of that. It makes complete sense. I could reduce the size of my C-clamp since I've been carrying one big enough to fit over the tire: 6" clamp I think.



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Yup! Shorter distance on the rim side. I am going to look for an aluminum C clamp when I get time.
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A C clamp works well to break a stubborn bead. Instead of putting it on from the rubber side, put it on from the rim side. This way it reaches over the rim onto the bead. Tighten it till the bead breaks on one side then turn it over and do the other side. This is the easiest way to break a stubborn bead I have found. I carry a 4" C clamp in my tire repair kit.
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Yeah, I finally figured it out and placed the C-clamps from the inside. Even then, on the second side I used 2 large C-clamps about 3 inches apart and tightened them up. Then I had to stick the butt end of a short 1X2 in between the clamps and beat the crap out of it with the mallet.

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Any of the semi knobies would work such as the 244 or Kenda 270's No harm in mixing tires if they work for you.
Thanks for the tip, willys. I'll take a look at those. Anybody else recommend any other tires to mix?
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I've seen people mix all sorts of tires.

Avon Gripster / Shinko 705. I've seen both combos with these two.

Ive also seen guy s running a knobby with a DS tire in both combos.

On my knobbies I run a Michelin T63 rear and a Pirelli MT21 front.

I would think that whatever combo you end up running will be fine . You might just have to get used to different handling characteristics.

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Anybody use a Duro tire on their KLR?
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The PO had a Kenda 761 rear and an Avon Gripster on the front when I bought mine. Worked fine.
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