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Hello all I need your thoughts, I went to the dark side and put a Taxi Tire on my GL 1500 I love the tire but the only problem I have is now when the better half is on with me the extra weight with her on rubs the tire. I have to run about 62 lbs of air in the OEM shock to keep it from rubbing. If I put on a set of Progressive 416 shocks will this be better then having to run that much air in the one shock. I need your thoughts I don't know what to do. Thanks MCFF
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Hello all I need your thoughts, I went to the dark side and put a Taxi Tire on my GL 1500 I love the tire but the only problem I have is now when the better half is on with me the extra weight with her on rubs the tire. I have to run about 62 lbs of air in the OEM shock to keep it from rubbing. If I put on a set of Progressive 416 shocks will this be better then having to run that much air in the one shock. I need your thoughts I don't know what to do. Thanks MCFF
It sounds like you are paying/giving up a lot for the tire. Too much air to stop the rubbing might make the bike ride really bad. The money you spend on the shocks will eat up quite a bit of the money you save on tires. Were it me I would try a smaller tire or go back to the motorcycle tire.

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What is it rubbing on? There is a flap on the front part of the inner fender that the Austone tire rubs on if is not tied up better to get it out of the way of the taller tire. It could be that just getting it out of the way better would make it clear the tire. If it is rubbing on something other than that.... well... you will just have to see if it is possible to make it clear.
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If I put on a set of Progressive 416 shocks will this be better then having to run that much air in the one shock.
My experience … YES


The 416s have stiffer coil springs so less psi carries as much weight as well.
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I agree with Bellboy40. It is probably actually rubbing on that inner rubber flap at the front where the inner fender meets the frame. I had that hot rubber smell after I mounted my Austone Taxi tire on my 95se. I ended up removing the flap and problem solved. Having said that, i did switch to the Progressive 416's for a much-improved ride whether solo or 2 up. The 416's are worth the price regardless of the rear tire you have.
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I always run 91psi on my 416's, regardless of riding solo or with passenger... The bike just handles so much better that way; anything below 80psi results in the bike wandering


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