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A riding buddy suggested that I try to find a car wheel/rim that would fit my 2009 400 so that any attempts to put a car tire on it would go much smoother in the future. Is this possible and if so , where could I obtain one?
 

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You will have some engineering to do to enable the drive to be transmitted. Not impossible though.
 

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You will not find a car wheel/rim to fit your scooter.
There have been a few riders that have been able
to force a car tire on the stock rim with
much difficulty.
 

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I tried but could never get it to seat with 120 psi. Left it sitting out on the south side of my metal shop in the desert 110+ temperature. :shock:
 

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You would need some serious skills to get a wheel mounted and true, to the scooter that is not stock. It took me about 1 hour to dismount the tire and mount and balance my new Michelin 2CT tire last week, using tire irons and a 2x4 bead breaker, I did not leave a scratch on the wheel either. Easiest tire change I have ever done, I can't believe I was worried about it. Tire seated nicely at 36 PSI, backed it back down to 32 PSI.

My stock hoop went 8500 miles and was just at the wear indicators. Of course your mileage may vary as they say, and the cost may be a little higher going with a true MC tire, but I know that is what it was engineered to use.

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Duster said:
You will not find a car wheel/rim to fit your scooter.
There have been a few riders that have been able
to force a car tire on the stock rim with
much difficulty.
You make it sound so difficult to mount a car tire on a bike wheel. It isn't difficult at all if you have the right stuff on hand.

I've done it - have you?
 

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knucklehead said:
Duster said:
You will not find a car wheel/rim to fit your scooter.
There have been a few riders that have been able
to force a car tire on the stock rim with
much difficulty.
You make it sound so difficult to mount a car tire on a bike wheel. It isn't difficult at all if you have the right stuff on hand.

I've done it - have you?
[Edit by moderator to remove the personal attack.] The OP wants to use an automotive wheel ON THE SCOOTER so that when he or she mounts a car tire, the bead will seat!
 

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In all fairness, it seems the 400 guys have had much more trouble seating car tires than we 650 guys.

With a car tire on a 400, my biggest concern would be dry rot like my caravan's tires.
 

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With a car tire on a 400, my biggest concern would be dry rot like my caravan's tires.
Why would that be. Are you assuming folks don't put many miles on the 400. If so that is an invalid assumption as their are some folks that put just as many miles on their 400 as others put on their 650.
 

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I was wondering the same thing....................
 

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The 400 goes twice as long on a rear tire, on a car tire it could be 30.000 miles
That varies with riders. Some get more mileage on the 400 rear tire but many do not. I get about the same mileage from my 400 rear tire that I get from my 650, 6,500 to 7,500 miles. When Robin had her 08 400 her experience was the same, she replaced the rear tire on it at about the same mileage that she had to replace the rear tire on her 650. Tire mileage varies with riders just like it does with the 650. There are 650 riders on here that claim to get 12,000 to 15,000 from a rear tire and others that say they only get 3,000 to 4,000. It depends on many things like riding style, road conditions, weather conditions, etc.

For reference see this recent thread where post 07 400 riders talk about the rear tire mileage they are getting. viewtopic.php?f=47&t=61425&p=567673&hilit=rear+tire#p567673
 

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If you want to car-tire your 400 then trike it.
 

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I have the Danson trike kit. Original rear tire lasted about 4,500 miles. Car tire then lasted about 8,000 miles. Next attempt to mount another car tire failed by Leola Trikes in Leola Pa. so they just put on another Hoop. I told them to put on one of those Michelin power sport tires instead but the morons didn't. ( they claimed they ordered it but they were sent wrong size. What they should have done is just waited for the right size but since they already had the 400 for nearly 2 weeks, they ASSUMED that I didn't want to wait anymore instead of calling me and asking me if I did. I would have said yes - I'd wait)
 
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