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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-14-2016, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
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Wider Tire Up Front?

I'm starting to look into replacing the front tire again and kind of want to go a little wider. Not a full blown steam roller look, just something to fill out the fender a bit more. So far a 150/70-18 or 160/60-18 are what I'm leaning toward. The 150 would fill it out some in height and width. The 160 is closer to the height of a stock 130 but obviously fatter than the 150. I'm aware the tire should be mounted in the opposite direction of travel.
For those that have gone this route and logged some miles, would you do it again? Also are there any disadvantages to going wider. Is there a bigger chance of hydroplaning? any harm in mixing brands from front to rear? I'm running an American Elite II on the rear, but they don't offer these sizes.
If anyone has pictures they could post of a 150 or 160 up front it would be very helpful and much appreciated.

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I plan on using a 160/60/18 for my next front tire also. I like the fatter look but can't afford the Native customs 180 set up, but will eventually go that route when the funds are available.


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Hi, in my opinion is the best look for the Road Glide. I went on my 2015 Fltrx with 180/55/18 front and not having any issues, even after more that 2000 miles on heavy rain on country road/highway. Bike is heavy enough, but do not push it in heavy water to go sliding.. I have both front and rear changed to Avon radial, front mounted reverse way and inner balanced, handling perfect in any speed/driving conditions. Radial tires are a bit rounded vs byas tires, but you should check this option for your desired 150/160 route. Gl&hf
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The wider front tires look great on HD. Always though the silly 21 inch bicycle tires look sad on HD.


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The wider front tires look great on HD. Always though the silly 21 inch bicycle tires look sad on HD.
I agree. 19 is pushing it on them. There's no doubt the fat Tire will ride better.
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Why do you put the tire on backwards? May be a stupid question but I've never heard of it.
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Why do you put the tire on backwards? May be a stupid question but I've never heard of it.
No stupid questions on this forum. Generally when this wide of a tire goes on the front it is a tire built for the rear. From what I understand it has to do with a rear tire being built for torque under acceleration and the front built to withstand braking torque. If you take a look at the tires on your bike, you will see that the tread runs in the opposite direction. This is what is achieved when mounting a rear tire backwards up front. Hope that made sense.

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What size rim do you need up front to run a 180/55/18 a rear rim? Can you use a stock rear rim?


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The wider front tires look great on HD. Always though the silly 21 inch bicycle tires look sad on HD.
To each their own. Not my speed any more but can still appreciate anyone personalizing their bike it what ever way they want.

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Hi, in my opinion is the best look for the Road Glide. I went on my 2015 Fltrx with 180/55/18 front and not having any issues, even after more that 2000 miles on heavy rain on country road/highway. Bike is heavy enough, but do not push it in heavy water to go sliding.. I have both front and rear changed to Avon radial, front mounted reverse way and inner balanced, handling perfect in any speed/driving conditions. Radial tires are a bit rounded vs byas tires, but you should check this option for your desired 150/160 route. Gl&hf
Thank you for responding. Although not interested in going to a 180 tire, it's helpful to know that hydroplaning is not a problem for you. My rear tire has a lot of life left in it so just the front for now. Probably not good to mix radial and bias, but what about mixing brands?

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