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    Mounting a rear MC tire on the front of TW

    I know TW folk do this "all" the time ,but, why do some tire manufacturer's frown on mounting a rear tire on the front of a bike......such as our TW's ?. I e-mailed MEFO tire and the response was something like this : " We strongly advise not to mount a rear tire on the front of a motorcycle......blah ,blah ,blah.......due to the difference in the internal belt "wrap" / direction ".....something to this effect ?.

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    When I took my Shinko Golden Boy in to Cycle Gear to have them mount it on my front wheel they refused to do it even though the tread pattern is symmetrical and there is no directional arrow on the sidewall. When I asked why, they said it was company policy so I asked to speak with a manager but they said there wasn't one on duty. I then took it to an independent shop and they mounted it without issue.

    I remember someone on here said that if you mount a directional rear tire on the front, then you should reverse the rotation of it. Something about the different forces that the front and rear tires see, i.e., driving forces vs braking forces. That all that I can offer to this topic.

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    Thanks for the reply Brian .This is where "I just don't get-it " ; the tire's rotate the same direction , brake in the same direction ,but I can see where there could be a difference in force applied , But I'd think a bigger tire (rear tire up front ) would be better at dealing with these forces , heat etc......follow me on this ?. Thanks again.

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    i think tony has his fancy, german 20,000 mile tire reverse direction.
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    Perhap's Tony will chime in here soon ?.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frog13 View Post
    but, why do some tire manufacturer's frown on mounting a rear tire on the front of a bike......
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    The biggest reason some tires are labeled front only or rear directional only is because of the cord and internal structure of the tire. Directional front tires are cord fitted for torque in the braking and side wall stability only. Rear tires are structured for torque to resist the acceleration stress of the sidewall, but must also resist the braking action in the opposite direction. That said, rear tires can be mounted on the front with the consequence of a ridged side wall, but a front tire should not be mounted on the rear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel View Post
    The biggest reason some tires are labeled front only or rear directional only is because of the cord and internal structure of the tire. Directional front tires are cord fitted for torque in the braking and side wall stability only. Rear tires are structured for torque to resist the acceleration stress of the sidewall, but must also resist the braking action in the opposite direction. That said, rear tires can be mounted on the front with the consequence of a ridged side wall, but a front tire should not be mounted on the rear.
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    Those of you that have a rear tire on the front, do you notice the stiffer ride because of the stiffer sidewall?
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    No. I love my big fat knobby on the front. Talk about traction, forget about it. Go for it.


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