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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-16-2019, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Smaller than labeled tires

My XP 1000 Touring only "works" with the factory PXT tires because they are 2 inches smaller in diameter than they are labeled. (24 inch vs 26 as marked)

Does anyone know of another vendor/model that runs small as well?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-16-2019, 11:59 AM
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Not necessarily, but if you take different names of tires from the same manufacturer all in the same size and set them side by side you will see they all vary in width and height. Part of the reason is the size refers to the size of the carcass before the tread in put on Example; take 2 Dunlop 130/90-16 motorcycle tires - a D404 and a D402 - one is a little wider and one is a little taller - one might have a little deeper tread, but they are the same size. It's just one of the things you have to consider when buying tires.

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I'm not sure what you mean by it only "works" with small tires??
My 1000 xp "works" just fine with 27.5 Pitbulls on it that actually measure around 28 mounted.
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Yep, a regular XP will work fine.

I had pitbulls on my XP850 with no clearance issues...I just hated the extra weight that took away the "light sporty" fee of the unit and the bad ride on asphalt.

The touring versions however, have less than 3 inches between the stock wheels and the feet rests inside the fender...so if you take away 1 inch you have taken away over 1/3 of the travel...so you are constantly bottoming out.

I tried running OG BH which are a true 26 inch don't like the rubbing over the smallest bump when I ride solo....to say nothing of the rubbing when I have a passenger.

Not interested in cranking up the springs or the compression to make the rear end rigid (I have elka stage 3s on it) I am at the age where I want a soft plush ride and the PXTs + Elka deliver that...just would like a tire with a little thicker side wall.

I seem to recall terathons used to run small...but can't seem to confirm that now.
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Ah Ha! I overlooked the "Touring" part of your post. I too was getting a little rubbing at full compression and was reluctant to turn up the preload. Cranked it up just a couple notches to minimize the rub and didn't really sacrificing the plushness noticeably.
I think some of the touring guys mod the footwells a little for clearance.
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