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Old 04-28-2005, 06:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Biggest Rear tire for F3 & will F4i rear rim work?

I'm going to need to replace the rear tire on my '96 F3. What's the largest I can step up to? Also, saw an F4i rim & tire on eBay for a nice price, would that fit the F3?
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Keep the rim you have and do not go bigger then a 170 rear. There actually is no need to go any bigger. One reason is anything larger then a 170 is dangerous. Even replacing your current (60/160) with a 170 may cause some stability issues. Unless you know you can handle your bike turning in quicker, then I recommend that you stick with a 60/160. I still have a 60/160 on my F3 and it works just fine. Riding it to the walls is just as easy... Believe me
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Works for me! 160 it is!
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What tires are you planning to get and what do you have on the bike right now? I went from the stock dunlop 160s to pirelli diablo 160s. Becuase of the shape of the diablos (triangular), my rear tire looks smaller. Also I am able to turn in a lot quicker which is kinda wierd, but good if it was a track bike. also, becuase of the shape, at lower speeds it is harder to keep the bike up straight. I kinda wish I would have went with the 170s, but it is "recommended" to stick with the 160s. If you do go to the 170s, you won't notice a change in suspension.
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I put a Battlax 180 on the back of mine and I love it. My bike feels more stable to me and I have way more confidence in my turns. But that's just my opinion and I'm sure I haven't ridden quite as much as JapBike so take experience into consideration when you make your selection.

On a side note. I like the F4I rim better than the F3. Anyone know if it will fit and what you have to do to make it fit?
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So your saying that you put a 180 on the back of your F3?! How in the hell?! I know you can do it, but damn man! An F3 shouldn't take anything larger then a 170... With a 180, your just looking to get hurt.

As for the F4i rim, sure you can put in on an F3, but why would you want to?
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Believe it or not, I've seen a 190 on the back of an F2. It look ridiculous and the chain was about this far from the tire |~| .
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might of been, but you know damn well he had to of had a different swing arm... no way in hell can a 190 fit on a standard F3
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Jb, you again? You love disagreeing with me, don't you?
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Jb, you again? You love disagreeing with me, don't you?
yup! but you know deep down, you love it! and love me! hahahah!
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So your saying that you put a 180 on the back of your F3?! How in the hell?! I know you can do it, but damn man! An F3 shouldn't take anything larger then a 170... With a 180, your just looking to get hurt.

As for the F4i rim, sure you can put in on an F3, but why would you want to?
I just like the F4I rim better. But I still don't understand something.....why is a wider tire looking for trouble?? My bike feels 100 times more stable with this tire on it. And I think it looks better than the 160 that it came with.
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I have a dc 180 on my f3 which I only run at the track. I have about 1/4 of fresh rubber on the edges after first track weekend. Had the bike way over and rubbed the rivets on the can and noticed no problems.
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I just like the F4I rim better. But I still don't understand something.....why is a wider tire looking for trouble?? My bike feels 100 times more stable with this tire on it. And I think it looks better than the 160 that it came with.
I don't think it is more trouble. I think she is saying that the bike came with a 160 for a reason, the suspension and the swingarm and everything else was engineered to have a 160. A larger tire will mess with your suspension and make your bike feel heavy through the turns, making it harder to turn. Will you notice this? probably not. trouble? not for the streets
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HHmm, now the 'ole gears are turning. I need to replace the rear tire & although I'm sure the 160 is fine, I just love how my roomies 180 looks on his F4i. But it looks like a REAL tight fit w/ the F3 swing arm. What to do, what to do, what to do.....
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This is my setup.
180 rear on a F3 wheel.

No pinching and looks and feels GOOD...

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