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    Tire Inflation........

    As there's been some new posts about tire choices recently,I'm going to try a Kenda 760(presently,my front tire is a Shinko). I've not read any comments about what tire pressures are being used........Presently,
    I'm using 3.5 psi for the rear,5 psi for the front;taking advantage of the firm side-walls to conform to the surfaces (mud,grass,stones,sandy creek beds,etc.). I like the low pressures,they have significantly improved the traction on both ends. Has anyone else found that the low pressure works well for their riding situation?
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    Going that low, I would be afraid of bending the rim's or unbeading the tires in the rocks. I haven't heard of anyone going that low on a regular basis.

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    I normally run 8-10 in the back and 12-15 in the front. Stock rear and 5.10 Golden Boy on the front. That's my "weekend" tire pressure. Weekday is 20 rear and front. Definitely helps airing down for off road. Running pressures as low as you are, I'd be worried about denting a rim or pinching a tube on a rock.
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    The only time I ran ~4psi in the stock rear tire was extricate myself from a snowy canyon I had no business dropping into. While the stock pressured tire spun and spun once I dumped most of the air out I could get enough traction and flotation to escape the snow. However the rear was extremely squirrely and I limited my speed to under 10 mph to avoid the potential tube and rim damage so well identified by others above. The sensation at 4psi was not much different in my opinion from having a totally flat tire.
    Now with an ATV tire I feel comfortable with ultra-low pressures since the stiff tire carcass protects the rim and removes concerns about tube pinching. I doubt the tire would spin on the rim even in a vacuum
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    Kenda 270 5:10 up front at 12psi, stock Bridgestone rear tire at 14psi has been working very well for me. Your running that low? Man, I wouldn't. Even though, yes, Kenda has a very firm sidewall. Your running the risk of loosing your seated bead, poor wear, and bending the rim on a good hit on hard terrain, pot hole, rock, exposed tree root, etc. I just wouldn't chance it that low. No way. On the rear, you could spin the tire on the rim, pulling and ripping the valve stem from tube causing a flat. You could do the same up front under heavy braking.

    My next front tire is going to be a Kenda 760. Much better for the soft sand I ride in. Though, in sand, it doesn't really make any difference.
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    My Shinko all around sweet spot is 16 front 18 rear. After 1000 miles break-in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopPredator View Post
    My Shinko all around sweet spot is 16 front 18 rear. After 1000 miles break-in.
    After break in, did you go with synthetic air or stay with the dino air?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scotti158 View Post
    After break in, did you go with synthetic air or stay with the dino air?
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    Quote Originally Posted by scotti158 View Post
    After break in, did you go with synthetic air or stay with the dino air?
    The tire bead should be sufficiently seated so synthetic would work. It should be noted though that 'Ride On' does not recommend synthetic air because it is very slippery and may slip past the seal created during a flat.



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