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    Default 240 tire 16 or 18 inch rim ?

    when doing a 240 kit on a 1800-C is there any reason to move up to a 18 inch rim or is it Ok to stay with the 16 inch. The apperance of the two tires should be same; height & width when mounted. I am thinking the main diff. would be unable to move up to a 250 or 260 tire. am I missing anything else ?

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    Have you calculated your frame ground clearance with the 16" rim? Would that be a concern?
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    would that be a problem since bike has a 16 inch from factory ?

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    A 240/16 will not look like a 240/18 I believe the side wall of the 240/16 is not a low profile although I am not sure I have never seen one!
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    I put a 16" 240 tire on my bike, I think it gives a more dragster look.....and like Ron said in a previous post...."why put something on your bike that anyone else has" .......18" 240's are everywhere
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    In answer to your original question, no there is no real reason to have to move up to a 18" wheel when you go to a 240.

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    I'm pretty sure it's just a matter of preference. I know when I get mine it will certainly be a 16". Too much wheel is just gaudy, like those ridiculous Honda Civics with the giant wide wheels. I like the way rubber looks from the back and the side. Looks great Night Train.
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    Default 16 versus 18

    Ok, 16th tire looks good from side as well, but what about wheel diameter? Should be smaller - and result: clearance and speed if you do not modify transmission.

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    The outside diameter of the tire is the same as using an 18" rim, the 240/16 has a bigger side wall.
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    Default Re: 240 tire 16 or 18 inch rim ?

    Quote Originally Posted by mca1989
    when doing a 240 kit on a 1800-C is there any reason to move up to a 18 inch rim or is it Ok to stay with the 16 inch. The apperance of the two tires should be same; height & width when mounted. I am thinking the main diff. would be unable to move up to a 250 or 260 tire. am I missing anything else ?

    thanks
    mike
    I do the 16" 240 set ups for guys all the time. I prefer it persosally to the 18" 240 for a number of reasons.
    The overall diameter of the 16" vs the 18' is slighlty smaller thus putting you a bit closer to the ground in the back end. That is a plus for the 16".
    The 16" 240 tire is only made by Metzler, you will find that there is a signifciant difference in the contruction of the tire in a 16 vs 18". The 18" is a flimsy tire by comparision. The 16" has more sidewall and tread belts than its 18" counterpart.
    The 16" tire offers a better ride that a 18" tire all things being equal.
    You will find that a bike with a rigid frame or a very stiff rear will benefit from the extra sidewall of a 16" tire.
    Also, the 16" is unequalled in looks. I too want to see the tire. When you look at a 240 x 16 from the side, it is obvious you ar running a fat tire.
    On an 18" set up, you really have to walk around the back of the bike to be sure of what the bike is running.
    I just did a 240 set up with a 9.5" wide wheel and it's smoken hot.
    Typically, the 240 x 16" would be mounted on a traditional 8.5" wide wheel.
    I am finding that when mounted to a slighlty wider wheel such as a 9", the tire looks just awsome and looks more like a 250/260.
    Much of this is personal preference. Some like to see wheel and some like to see tire. The benefit of the 18" is that everyone in the world makes a 8.5" x 18" wheel. In the case of the 16" wheel, I dont know anyone who makes a 16" x 8.5" in a cast wheel.
    That is why we go the custom built wheel route.
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