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also... Ninja wheels fit (rotors may differ) I have 2 sets of wheels, one rigged with TKCs

if I'm answering your question I assume the basic points have been addressed, such as: did you do a compression test? is it still on fire?
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Not familiar with a 15/70 rear tire, but did you mean 150/70? Has anyone ever tried trials tires?
OOPS! Yes, I have now corrected the original post to read "150/70".

I HAVE run "full-knobbies", and got pretty good mileage from them running 36psiF and 42psiR.




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I HAVE run "full-knobbies", and got pretty good mileage from them running 36psiF and 42psiR.
we want numbers!!! LOL

That's surprising, because my latest 6 knobbies had max pressure 35 psi. Well, I have only seen k60, k43 (both bad as it gets), tkc80 front only, anakee wild, shinko 805 (both very good).

I'm glad I lowered it from my regular 39 psi rear: letting the sides take a bit of the weight helped the center last longer. I now run 35psiR anakee wild/34psiF tkc80. I've done 10000 km and I estimate rear will be done at 11000km.
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we want numbers!!! LOL

That's surprising, because my latest 6 knobbies had max pressure 35 psi. Well, I have only seen k60, k43 (both bad as it gets), tkc80 front only, anakee wild, shinko 805 (both very good).

I'm glad I lowered it from my regular 39 psi rear: letting the sides take a bit of the weight helped the center last longer. I now run 35psiR anakee wild/34psiF tkc80. I've done 10000 km and I estimate rear will be done at 11000km.
To reiterate - I always run 36F, 42R, NEVER "air-down", and here are the NUMBERS for BIG RED in AZ:
TKC80 120/70......................8,467 MILES: and
Kenda BIG BLOCK 150/70......9,750 MILES.

I also ran a TKC80 150/70 rear (front was a Shinko E705) on the GREEN HORNET TOO, from Anchorage, AK. The "numbers" for that are in BC, but I seem to remember they were consistent w/ the AZ ones.
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I have "aired down" a few times on greasy roads and the difference is noticeable, but you have to go down far enough. Dempster, Dalton, Taylor... all those can get a slurry of chloride and in heavy rain that crap is like riding on grease. much easier to ride dropped to 18-20 psi and slowed down. no faster than about 25-30 mph on roads I have done 70 on when dry. the other choice is sit until it drys some

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Is that a fabricated front fender heightening bracket or is someone selling them?

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MY concern w/ "airing-down" is that you are then more likely to 'bend' a rim when you hit rocks.

"jdrocks" runs the same pressures as I do, and he TOO does NOT air-down.

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airing down has it's place. like I said in post 25, it makes a big difference... like staying on the road or not, that kind of difference. somewhere I have pictures to prove it. the times I've done it on my Versys (and GSs), roads were extremely slippery, and speed was reduce to 20-25 mph and even that being sketchey (this is a road I can do 70-75 on when dry and not think twice). not likely to bend a rim under those circumstances. you may never need to do it, but don't be afraid of it either. obviously, use common sense as well. I used to do it a lot on my KLRs, they simply work better off road with lower pressures

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