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Hi all. I just got a set of Dunlop D606 dirt tires for my KLR. The back tire which is currently on my bike is a 130/80 - 17, but the new dirt tire is a 130/90 - 17, which I think is a little taller? Could someone please verify that the new one will fit my 2009 with no clearance issues? Thanks very much in advance.

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Hi all. I just got a set of Dunlop D606 dirt tires for my KLR. The back tire which is currently on my bike is a 130/80 - 17, but the new dirt tire is a 130/90 - 17, which I think is a little taller? Could someone please verify that the new one will fit my 2009 with no clearance issues? Thanks very much in advance.

JT
I've used a D606 for about six months now, and by coincidence, I spooned a new one on today! I have a 2009, and it fits fine with a 15t front sprocket. It is a bit taller than stock, so it's a hair closer to the swing arm. I don't know if you'd run into trouble with a 16 or 17t, but it fits fine with the 15t. Oh, and ps, I love the tire. Traction up the ying yang. :)
 

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It'll fit.

I stuff 140's in there. (140/80-17 Shinko 705)

That's just me. 3.25" front (100/100-21). I like a slightly larger contact patch.
That also spreads out the weight which helps on roads n' soft stuff.
Hardpack benefits from a narrower tire "biting in" to the surface to
hold a decent line. Narrower is also good in the rain to cut through
the water to prevent or minimize hydroplaning, as compared to trying
to ride up on the water similar to speeding up in the sand to get on top.
That's where the wider tire is happiest. Always a compromise. I think the larger
tire out front helps to recal the speedo down to more correct readings, too.

More info than you asked for but hey, that's coffee in action. In fact it's having
an effect on my bladder too.

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Thanks. Yes, I think I'll be ok on the width. I was mostly concerned about the extra height. My bike only has 8K, and the chain has not been stretched out much. The existing tire seems to be fairly close to the swingarm in the front, so I'm hoping the big knobs don't hit there.

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Happy to report that the slightly larger tire fit into the space with no issues. It is about 1/2" closer to the swingarm in front, but no problems there, and no problems being too close to the exhaust or chain guard.

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Happy to report that the slightly larger tire fit into the space with no issues. It is about 1/2" closer to the swingarm in front, but no problems there, and no problems being too close to the exhaust or chain guard.

JT
Glad it worked out - my prediction is you'll love the tire on dirt - the first time I used it I was smiling the whole time.
 

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Here are the new Dunlops. Hoping for some good weather to try them out soon.

Got a new Bailey's windscreen that I'm hoping to get installed this weekend.
JT

 

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The Dunlop 606 front is available in 90/90-21 which is stock KLR size.
 

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F.B.

My Kenda 270 is 100/100 (3.25 in) X 21.
I got it cuz it's tall (and width is barely wider than stock)
and was under 50 bucks at Bikebandit.com .
Good knarly knobbies too.
 

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So, What was the final tire size for the front? It looks bigger than OEM. I'd like a "Thicker" tire on my KLR's I think.
The Dunlops on my bike in the photo are 90/90 - 21" on the front, and 130/90 - 17" on the back.

They fit very well, and perform very well, both on and off the road.

JT
 
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