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post #1 of 47 Old 02-21-2016, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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Directional Tire Tread?

Specifically three front tires.
Dunlop D606 Front tire.
Mefo Explorer MFE99 Front tire.
Kenda Big Block K784F tire.

How many of you are riding on either of these?

Do they feel secure/planted at 60+ mph on gravel roads?
Or are they 'squirrely' above XX mph?

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post #2 of 47 Old 02-21-2016, 06:09 PM
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I had Mefo explorers on the front and rear of my '11. The front was fine on gravel but sucked on deep sand or any mud. The rear I liked untill it cracked badly around the lugs. The warrantee replacement did the same so that was the end of them for me. I have to have 100% confidence in the casing of a tire before I start considering the grip or longevity.
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What tire pressures did you run F / R, JJ?

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Front 35, rear 40 psi on pavement.The website recommended that high of pressure for the rear of a KLR specifically. It was a bit of a red flag to me.
I would drop pressure to 20f and as low as 15r on sand or mud.
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Were they squirrely going Off the end of pavement and on to loose gravel at highway speed, with highway air pressures?

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No not excessively paul. They were just more stable and less choppy with the lower pressure on gravel. At high pressure the front tended to follow car tire tracks in loose gravel. It was like it didn't want to climb out of the track even if it was only an inch deep.
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Why are you asking about those three particular tires pd?
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I run the d606 tires all the time. On gravel, I run the front and rear at 18 psi. The sidewalls on the dunlops are stiff, so the 18 psi is ok. On the highway, I run 28 front to help reduce cupping. 26 rear. Or, I'm usually lazy and run the 18 on the hwy too. No problems with it on the last 6 sets of them doing any of this.


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I run the d606 tires all the time. On gravel, I run the front and rear at 18 psi. The sidewalls on the dunlops are stiff, so the 18 psi is ok. On the highway, I run 28 front to help reduce cupping. 26 rear. Or, I'm usually lazy and run the 18 on the hwy too. No problems with it on the last 6 sets of them doing any of this.


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Are you comfortable enough with them to ride 60, 70, 80 or even 90 mph on some of your gravel roads.

justjeff, I hope to answer that question soon, just not quite yet.

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JasonK94Z,
Are you comfortable enough with them to ride 60, 70, 80 or even 90 mph on some of your gravel roads.

justjeff, I hope to answer that question soon, just not quite yet.
60, no problem. 70, 80, or 90? Sorry, I don't travel that fast on gravel.
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