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post #1 of 41 Old 02-19-2009, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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How much air are you running in your Gripsters

I know!! I know!! I COULD look this up!! But then I would have no one to chat with!! So what are ya running front and back?? What do you weigh and what load do u carry. How long did the tires last? Just want some data to compair. Breck

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Loved the rear gripster, didn't really care for the front. Ran 35 PSI in the rear and got about 7,000 miles before it got a flat center and become slippery on wet roads. I ran roughly 30 psi in the front. Even new the front always felt slippery in corners, I never got a feeling of comfort with it. No I am not saying they are bad tires, I just didn't ever get comfortable with the front. The rear stuck like glue to everything. Weight wise, I be @ 350 ( a wee lad), and carried a good selection of tools and other assorted goodies all the time.

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Only had the rear gripster, good road tire horrible offroad.
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Agree with Buildit though I normally ran 36-40 depending on load. I recently started running the Distanzia and it is a great road tire. I run teh same air pressures as the Gripster though get about the same road mileage.
I would love to find a rear tire that gets 8,000 miles before replacement. I recently heard of a Distanzia that had good tread left after 15,000 miles. It could be true and I could be good looking and wealthy but we know that is not true.
For off-road I am going to the newish Michelin T63 which I have heard good things about. I have heard better but would like 6,000 out of the rear tire. i am going to test a pair in CA before taking them to D2D for a 10,000 mile trip followed by a week in Southern Oregon.

End result I run 32-36 front and 36-40 rear.

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I'm on my second Gripster in the rear. Have been running 35. I'm trying a lower pressure now to see if I can avoid the aforementioned center wear. I think it's about 32.

I weigh 210ish given the day and carry 50 (?) extra pounds with trunk, tools, farkles, etc.




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I'm on my second Gripster in the rear. Have been running 35. I'm trying a lower pressure now to see if I can avoid the aforementioned center wear. I think it's about 32.

I weigh 210ish given the day and carry 50 (?) extra pounds with trunk, tools, farkles, etc.
Lowering the air pressure will increase contact patch and create a wider flat spot.

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Lowering the air pressure will increase contact patch and create a wider flat spot.
Right. I want it to wear more evenly and I want the contact patch to be bigger. I just got rid of a gripster that looked almost new except for a one inch stripe down the center. (and I only dropped it 3 psi)

And I'd rather wear it a little more evenly than have to make a quick stop in the rain if the center of the tire is shot.




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Right. I want it to wear more evenly and I want the contact patch to be bigger. I just got rid of a gripster that looked almost new except for a one inch stripe down the center. (and I only dropped it 3 psi)

And I'd rather wear it a little more evenly than have to make a quick stop in the rain if the center of the tire is shot.
Ah...well...3 psi...10%...Ah...go ahead

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Gotta go with the Mater on this one, Dan.. The lower pressure will also increase your tire temp which will wear it out faster.. I run 35f-38r unless I'm off roading in slippery conditions. Then I take both down to 20 and refil at the first gas station after I'm done playing.

Wanna keep the center from wearing?? Don't ride straight roads..
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Wanna keep the center from wearing?? Don't ride straight roads..
That's very true. I need a curvier commute. Allright, I'll air up it up. Geez.




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