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I just got the Grape Ape from someone else. I notice the the front tire will need to be replaced ASAP. My questions is it has flat spots on it. Has anyone ever experienced this and if so what was the cause. It is a Metzeler ME880 factory size

Replacing with 160/60VR18 running in reverse. Cheapest price so far is $164
 

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flat spots are usually a combination of improper tire inflation and having it sit in the same place for a long period of time. since you mention that you got it from someone else, there is no real way to know how they stored and if it sat for a long time.

either way, it is an easy fix. check out jake wilson for some great tire prices and then call DLP to price match. :bigthumbsup:
 

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Yes cupping is from to low or to high.

If its low you will get a bounce in the tire. No dyno beads or weights will cure it.
 

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Replacing with 160/60VR18 running in reverse.
I just put mine on last week. 1st tank of gas the steering felt "heavy", but after the second tank I am already used to it and love it. No more feeling of "falling into the turn", just predictable leaning and turning. I guess that's what the other folks mean by "more neutral steering."
 

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Replacing with 160/60VR18 running in reverse. Cheapest price so far is $164 ?????????? Where did you find this price for the 160 front? ???
 

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I just got the Grape Ape from someone else. I notice the the front tire will need to be replaced ASAP. My questions is it has flat spots on it. Has anyone ever experienced this and if so what was the cause. It is a Metzeler ME880 factory size

Replacing with 160/60VR18 running in reverse. Cheapest price so far is $164
Since we can't see what your tire looks like, we're all assuming your front tire has "cupping". Cupping is...

NORMAL!

It means that whomever was riding your beast before you got it, rode it like it was meant to be ridden. :evil: If you want to get more miles out of a front tire before it starts cupping, don't brake hard and don't corner hard. Of course, that's kind of boring on a 109. :-\

Read this:
http://www.dscoduc.com/2009/06/are-your-tires-cupped/
http://www.brighthub.com/diy/automotive/articles/72444.aspx
http://www.rattlebars.com/valkfaq/tirewear/
http://w6rec.com/duane/bmw/cupping/index.htm

Post some photos of your tire if you think you have something other than normal wear bro. :bigthumbsup:
 

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Since we can't see what your tire looks like, we're all assuming your front tire has "cupping". Cupping is...

NORMAL!

It means that whomever was riding your beast before you got it, rode it like it was meant to be ridden. :evil: If you want to get more miles out of a front tire before it starts cupping, don't brake hard and don't corner hard. Of course, that's kind of boring on a 109. :-\

Read this:
http://www.dscoduc.com/2009/06/are-your-tires-cupped/
http://www.brighthub.com/diy/automotive/articles/72444.aspx
http://www.rattlebars.com/valkfaq/tirewear/
http://w6rec.com/duane/bmw/cupping/index.htm

Post some photos of your tire if you think you have something other than normal wear bro. :bigthumbsup:
Cupping is correct Thanks for the info
 
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