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Old 08-17-2007, 11:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 4.50X17 Wheel - 180 tire?

I've heard mixed responses on this issue.

I have a 2001 M750 Metallic with a 4.50X17 stock wheel. I have a Michelin Power Pilot 180. Has anyone does this? will it work?

Any advice would be great!

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Old 08-17-2007, 02:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It will work, but it's not designed to. The 180's are stock on 5.5" rims. It will pinch the tire and give it a taller profile...
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Old 08-17-2007, 03:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i wouldn't put anything bigger than a 170 on a 4.5

Of course, I won't put anything bigger than a 170 on my 5.5.
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Old 08-17-2007, 04:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: 4.50X17 Wheel - 180 tire?

put a 160 on
better handling, lighter and more than enough for the power of a 750

I once put a 170 on a 750ss with the same wheel, and the handling sucked!!!
it looked all wrong too with near vertical tyre edge and all...
just don't do it
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Old 08-17-2007, 05:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I put a the same tire on mine but needed a 5.5 wheel. It squeezes the tire on 4.5 you'll risk it folding in a turn. find a used 5.5 on here cheap.

but yes do it as a cosmetic mod, not proformace. It looks sick but will roll slower into turns. (less flick) it does make the bike real stable.
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Old 08-18-2007, 09:50 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: 4.50X17 Wheel - 180 tire?

It'll work, but I've never heard of a performance gain. I assume that you want a wider look & by squeezing it onto the 4.5" rim, it's not going to look very wide either.
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Default Re: 4.50X17 Wheel - 180 tire?

Thank you for all the advice everyone! I decided to buy a 5.5 when I find one cheap. I can't help it. My friend Billy let me ride his m900 the other day with the 180 and I loved it.
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Old 08-23-2007, 07:26 PM   #8 (permalink)
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oh i forgot to mention the power pilots are a little wide so the chain will rub on the lip of the tire for a hundred miles or so. it wont be a problem. i just lubbed the chain a little more frequently. Its fine now.

i think i have a pic.....yup here ya go

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Old 08-24-2007, 12:17 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Default Re: 4.50X17 Wheel - 180 tire?

If you want the wide look, try a 160 Dunlop Sportmax Qualifier. It's the widest profile of any tire I've seen and I love the performance. IMO great tires (but I've always liked Dunlops). It looks like a 170 and works without any problems on the 4.5 rim.
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