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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-24-2000, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone, I'm new to the forum, but not to sportbikes, i currrently own a '95 ZX6E3 and have a question for you Zedheads. Would a 170/60ZR17 tire fit on the stock rim and
between the stock swingarm? If so any problems, abnormal tire wear, modifications safety concerns, handling pros/cons...etc. Also, would a 199? ZX-9R swingarm and rim/tire fit this bike? I'm looking for a wider tire for cosmetic and stability reasons. If anyone has any insight or opinions on this it would be much appreciated. Thanx

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-25-2000, 11:55 AM
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I would stick with the stock 160 on the rear. Larger tires on smaller diamater (sp) rims change the handeling of the bike a lot. I have a 5 1/2 inch rim on my 98ZX9R and I tried a 190 size tire and it sucked. When you put a larger tire on a smaller rim you loose a lot in your "contact patch".

P.S. A 98ZX9R (99 is the same) Swing-arm and rim will not fit your bike without extensive mods, and I doubt if the 2000 will either.


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Thanx, it was just an idea cuz My fathers RF900 has a larger rear tire and it seems a lot more stable, harder to corner, but more stable on the straights, now that i think of it I might not want it to be slower in the corners!

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-30-2000, 08:17 PM
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If you have a 5.0 rear rim then a 170 will easily and safely fit your bike. I originally had a 160, changed to 170, I even measured tread width, and the 170 was 1/4 inch wider. Basically it is hard to even tell you have a wider tire unless you get out the tape measurer. FYI a 180 will fit safely on a 5.0 rim, even though it is not recomended, because the tire bows somewhat from being on a narrow rim.

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Just stick with the stock tires size!
Upgrade the tire not the size.

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