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post #11 of 43 (permalink) Old 02-03-2019, 03:26 PM Thread Starter
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i have no preference just looking for a long millage tire with low wear rate , it seems this bt45 get hi mileage from the posts i read i know everyone has the preference i read where members get 15-20k on dunlop 3/4 bull I've ran dunlops max is 8k front maybe 9k rear i keep the pressures at recommended setting i ride 2 up all the time and tow a trailer 50% of the time I've ran other tires that members say they get high miles bull, maybe you can if your going 50 and by yourself and on pure asphalt, i live where 80% of the roads are oil and stone like chip seal , like sandpaper i now run a Yokohama envigor rf on the rear 15k and i change it and i have been using a exendra max on the front 10k its the newer one just the max i have used the bt45 once going out west had almost 10k but started to chop had lots of tread left just hate choppy tires so the brand of the tire is a brand i am just looking for a high milage tire that will last for the FRONT

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I will usually get 32-35K miles out of my 'rear tire' up front. But I do raise the tire pressure by 2-4% which helps curb cupping.

Arrow direction does not matter since the rear tire is designed for acceleration and braking.

I always use tire balance beads.

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I like the BT45, however it is absolutely the HARDEST TIRE to mount on my front rim that I have ever dealt with. I have the Harbor Freight setup, complete with motorcycle adapter, as well as all kinds of levers and spoons, and tire lube. I get the bottom on OK, and the top lip about 3/4, and that's all she wrote! My next step is to try a heat gun!

Not trying to steal the topic, just asking, any suggestions?

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I thought it was easy to mount, I just dropped it off at the tire store

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leave it in the sun, use a large c clamp and sqeeze the opposite side of where it's stopping so both beads will drop into the deep part of the wheel
it should pull right over the rest of the way. I found it a bit of a pain to get the bead to center itself, had to go way over the amount of air I wanted to
LOTS of LUBE when airing it up is important

I personally won't by another one for that reason and it cupped real bad and started splitting in the sipes at about 8 to 10K miles
I know I have side forces to deal with but the Pilot activ doesn't do that and it is a hair wider for better handling to boot

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I like the BT45, however it is absolutely the HARDEST TIRE to mount on my front rim that I have ever dealt with. I have the Harbor Freight setup, complete with motorcycle adapter, as well as all kinds of levers and spoons, and tire lube. I get the bottom on OK, and the top lip about 3/4, and that's all she wrote! My next step is to try a heat gun!

Not trying to steal the topic, just asking, any suggestions?
never really had a hard time with the bt45 going on the front a little stiffer but nothing like the rear c/t run flat with the 1" side walls well seems like 1' them tires are a bit** to install takes a good hr this year im letting it sit in the sun for a half day then soap it up and try that

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leave it in the sun, use a large c clamp and sqeeze the opposite side of where it's stopping so both beads will drop into the deep part of the wheel
it should pull right over the rest of the way. I found it a bit of a pain to get the bead to center itself, had to go way over the amount of air I wanted to
LOTS of LUBE when airing it up is important

I personally won't by another one for that reason and it cupped real bad and started splitting in the sipes at about 8 to 10K miles
I know I have side forces to deal with but the Pilot activ doesn't do that and it is a hair wider for better handling to boot

just my 2 cents
do you run that with the arrow going in the right direction or is it the opposite? i might try this tire this year and decide which one i will use to alaska next year for the front

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I installed the "rear tire" on front, with the arrow in the reverse direction.
did so at the advise of others who say that is better because the only stress the sidewalls will get, is when you hammer down on the brakes, and don't want it to come unglued...

I actually wanted to mount it in the proper direction, simply because the Rain Sipes are then running correctly with the tread.

with it backwards, the sipes are pulling water into the center of the tire/tyre and worries me.

I guess if it never rains on me, it won't matter, will it?
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I like the BT45, however it is absolutely the HARDEST TIRE to mount on my front rim that I have ever dealt with. I have the Harbor Freight setup, complete with motorcycle adapter, as well as all kinds of levers and spoons, and tire lube. I get the bottom on OK, and the top lip about 3/4, and that's all she wrote! My next step is to try a heat gun!

Not trying to steal the topic, just asking, any suggestions?

One thing that gets overlooked a lot is making sure the tire bead is pushed down to the drop center. The drop center is pretty much center way between the bead rims. You will notice that it is the smallest diameter of the wheel. If you kneel on the tire so that the bead is in the drop center, you should be able to work your way up each side with the tire spoons. Regardless of the direction you choose to mount your tire, it is suggested that you line the triangle on the sidewall with the valve. They say it helps with the balance.
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