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Old 12-31-2012, 12:09 AM   #50851
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...I'd like to see a short write up of the install if you get the chance ...

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I installed my Tusk Grip Heater Kit using the following wiring diagram, Mike.



After my PWM device arrives, I will remove the resistor, and substitute the PWM device in its place. I will initially set the PWM device to half power. However, I can adjust the power knob later to fine tune the heat ouput obtained at the "low" setting.

The current resistor doesn't allow for fine tuning the desired heat output at the "low" setting. Even worse, the resistor draws full power at the "low" setting, but reduces the heat output at the grips by wasting 7.2 watts of heat radiating from the resistor. In contrast, the PWM device will waste less than 1/2 watt at the 50 percent power setting.



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Old 12-31-2012, 12:36 AM   #50852
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Never experienced the CST, but you can add the Scorpion Pro to the list of good front tires.
+1 on the Scopion Pro front tire...I am now about to try the CST on Spuds recommendation!



I have 2800mi on the Scorpion Pro at the moment.

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Old 12-31-2012, 12:41 AM   #50853
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[QUOTE=Spud Rider;20360866

This rear tire works very well for me, but I don't ride in sand.

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Where I live, I don't have a choice weather I want to ride in the sand or not
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:01 AM   #50854
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+1 on the Scopion Pro front tire...I am now about to try the CST on Spuds recommendation!

You're going to like the CST, Surge I, front tire, Kyo. I keep my front tire inflated at 26 psi, and I rotate the front tire every 2,000 miles when I change the motor oil. Using this system, I have avoided "cupping" of the tire tread, and I have ridden over 8,000 miles on my current front tire, which is still in good condition.



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Old 12-31-2012, 05:21 AM   #50855
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Happy New Years Eve!!!!!

I hope everyone has a very prosperous and ride filled 2013!!!!

Quick input on tires from my experience....
Longest Lasting rear is the Mefo Super Explorer. It has fantastic onroad manners and is OK off road. Not well suited for deep sand or mud, just a decent performer. Aired way down it does great in rocks and dirt. Definitely more street or dirt road oriented and I expect a solid 8,000-10,000 miles out of it.

My new favorite rear for off road is the MotoZ. WOW what a kickass tire! Plus it's DOT! I have an Enduro Rear in the largest size and it really shines on road, off road, everywhere. It's 100% natural rubber, mounts easy as can be and I am way impressed.
My go to's before were the Pirelli MT-21(great long lasting tire with ok offroad manners and great street prowess) or Michelin S-12 for sand and dirt. I have used a bunch of the Teraflexs as well, and for trench digging and deep sand, they cannot be beat. DOT legal as well, but not a good street tire in the least... VERY heavy as well. Still a must have in DEEP sand!

Front tires: The Pirelli MT-21 lasts a long time, but it has large flat knobs that push out from under me in the dirt more than any offroad tire I've had. Great on the street and desert, but add slow, wet forest work and they are not for me.

Scorpion: Great tire, decent wear, but I had one "roll the knobs" on the street one time, wadded up the bike, broke my leg and tore up my hand. Probably my fault, but I was not riding any harder than normal and the tire just washed. I still like them ok, but am overly cautious now with them... I don't like riding that way!

MT-44, that was a great tire, but it's long gone....

Now I LOVE the MotoZ. Great on road, great off road and appears to have a very long life:http://www.brapoffroad.com/motoz/tra...or-enduro-i/t/

I'd like to try one of the CSTs for a comparison, as the life Spud is getting is awesome!!!

For me now, it's MotoZ on my dirt wheels front and rear and a MotoZ onthe front and Mefo Super Explorer on the rear.

I love hearing tire reports... It's amazing the different opinions of the same tires. Very interesting!
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:30 AM   #50856
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You all go back talkin bout tires 'n such.
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:47 AM   #50857
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That's cool; wish I could afford that luxury. I ride the roads to the trails, so I have to use the same pressure for both.

And since I can't afford broken rims, no more low pressure trail rides.
I have to ride sometimes 60 to 100 miles to get to the off road spots. I am finding out tire life on the road is much better if high air pressures are used. I carry a bike pump. It has a built in gage. Let some air out when you get to the trails and pump em up when back on the road. The pump and patch kit is standard eqmt. and I carry them whever my travels take me. This pump will make 20 PSI in a 21" front in 40 or so cycles. Go to any bike shop and sometimes WalMart has em.

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Old 12-31-2012, 07:01 AM   #50858
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I have to ride sometimes 60 to 100 miles to get to the off road spots. I am finding out tire life on the road is much better if high air pressures are used. I carry a bike pump. It has a built in gage. Let some air out when you get to the trails and pump em up when back on the road. The pump and patch kit is standard eqmt. and I carry them whever my travels take me. This pump will make 20 PSI in a 21" front in 40 or so cycles. Go to any bike shop and sometimes WalMart has em.
+1

i carry a mini electric pump. plugs into my cig lighter, next to my key in the 2nd pic. it's lightweight and fits in my backpack. 22-25 psi on roads, 14-16 on trails, back up to 22-25 for the way home.



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Old 12-31-2012, 07:21 AM   #50859
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Cool. One of my projects, when I finish some projects, is to mount an air pump in the bike somewhere with just enough hose to reach the tires.

On air pressure, I'm thinking you need 25 or 27 on the road. I'm testing that now. Anybody allready crossed this bridge?

I aired the Dunlop 908's on my Husky up to 27 psi last night to run a package up to the post office.The street handling improvement over 22/23 was huge. I'm thinking that the higher pressure will cause the tires to run cooler and take advantage of the tread pattern of the 908. The stiffer tire as a result of higher pressure should not allow the knobs to squirm around as much.

The Metzler Unicross I have all but used up on my XRL at 4200 miles has a wierd wear pattern. The center row of knobs is of course worn but the next rows outboard of center are about gone. About twice the wear at these rows. It appears this is a dual compound tire with harder rubber in the center row of knobs. I think that if i had run higher air pressure I would have kept some of the wear off the second rows of knobs.

Also, the last friggen place to check out anything like this is the owners manual and the Husky manual recomends 26 PSI for street.

More to follow.

I mailed this off last night to get rebuilt. It's the rear drive outa my Guzzi Sport:

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Old 12-31-2012, 07:31 AM   #50860
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Get a tire pump. A mountain bike pump will do the job. I think the Mountain Morph by Topeak is best. Or get one of the Small 12 volt tire pumps. Much easier. If you worry about the 12 volt pump or your battery failing, (I don't) then get one of each. Walter
Thank you Walter, for the detailed suggestion. It's a good idea to have a pump along, with spare tubes, changing irons, etc. But I ride so close to home, and dragging extra stuff along is such a hassle when trying to ride the piss out of the bike. I need to put a toolkit/survival-kit together, though, especially for longer rides.
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:33 AM   #50861
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:50 AM   #50862
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I installed my Tusk Grip Heater Kit using the following wiring diagram, Mike.



After my PWM device arrives, I will remove the resistor, and substitute the PWM device in its place.....
I'm sure you've considered this already, Sir Spud, but does the control go from 0 to 100 percent power? If so, you can replace BOTH the resistor AND the SWITCH with the new control.
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:01 AM   #50863
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If you don't need DOT approval, do yourself a favor, and mount a Dunlop, D952 rear tire. If you ever encounter mud with the Shinko 244, you will be very sorry you bought it. I have a Shinko 244, rear tire I removed with a lot of tread left on it; if you were nearby, I would gladly give it to you. You don't want to wrestle "piggy" in muddy conditions with the Shinko 244. The rear tire will spin, and be virtually useless. The front tire will load up with mud, and dump you instantly; you will never have a chance to recover.

I got over 6,000 miles of wear from each of my last two, Dunlop, D952 rear tires. Besides a judicious application of the throttle, I was diligent to keep both tires inflated to 26 psi.


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The only complaint I have with the D952's is they howl like a banshee at about 45mph I have no idea how many miles mine have on them as they were on the bike when I bought it. But they have held up well and I like performance both on and off road.
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:07 AM   #50864
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Does anybody rotate their tires? Reverse rotation? I notice the knobs always wear at an angle to the rotation direction. If you reverse the rotation you would run on the high side to the knob.
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:33 AM   #50865
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