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Ok, so I got my tires today, I'm in the assembly stage, it's late, I'm tired, I'd like to get to this wrapped up. I know I'm still new to bikes, and this is probably a stupid question that ya'll are gonna chuckle at, but humor me...

I got the front wheel on and the front end back together, then went to move to the back. When I put the front on I noticed the "direction" of the tread was different from it normally is on every other tire I've ever seen. Ok, different tire, could just be the way it is, the direction arrow is correct so I'll go with it. But then I go to put on the back and the tread pattern on that one is the oposite direction... WFT???

Both direction arrows are right, but the tread goes in oposite directions. Is the just the way the E3's are or is something amiss?

When I took these pics, I positioned the back tire as though it were taken from the same angle as the front...



 

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Bike...and Dennis wrote:
Dyslexic engineers. :?

Dunlop & Metzler both do that.

Is the cap on the end of the fork showing a gap?
Yeah, the cap has a gap :cheesygrin:... I haven't torqued it down yet... I just barley droped the jack down, didn't want to torque the caps up in the air. I don't know if that's right or not, but it's how I've alwaysdone it on cars.

Ken, I just went out andthrew a caliper on'em for ya... now keep in mind this may not be original, but I read 10mm on both.

Thanks btw... I was close to a heart attack for a minute there... not that it matters, because it's right, butwhy the he!!do all the harley dunlops (the 404's and the like) and the smaller dunlops like on the shadows have the tread going the same direction on both? Like I said, doesn't really matter, just a curiosity now.
Thank you all :bow::bow::bow::bow::bow::bow:
 

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roscoepc wrote:
2things..... One, make sure to loosen the fork brace bolts before tightening the axle caps Thentighten both front cap bolts, then the rear bolts, and then retighten the brace bolts. This will realign the front forks for you and is called out in the shop manual I believe!!


The second thing is when you first take her out I distinctly remember feellingthe rear end kinda wanting to "wash out" a bit to the right when I was turning left out of my driveway for my initial ride after installation. A bit "greasy" feelling maybe until after about 1/4 mile and scuffing the tires and bit and getting some heat in them...



After that though we're talking Super Glue!!!:cool::coollep::coollep:
Ok, the fork brace thing would have been good to know BEFORE I had it all back together :yelling::ROFL::ROFL:, just messin' with ya, but it is good to know for next time.

On the "greasy" feeling... yeah, you could say that :D, actually lasted about 40 miles, and even at 60 now if I push it it's a still a bit slippery, but it's getting sticky-er by the mile!

I tell ya, this is all so wierd, it's like I actually have control of my bike now :shock:
 
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