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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-09-2017, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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Tire gauge and pressure

I'm not sure if there was post previously about this, but what's the most commonly used tire pressure gauge here? And what's the ideal pressure to keep the tires at?


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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 04-09-2017, 12:25 PM
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Some random digital pressure gauge I got from Walmart back in 2012 or something.

I just run 36psi on both per the manual. Track settings is a whole nother monster, some recommendations in the manual.



From Manual -
Street:
Front - 36 psi
Rear - 36 psi

Track:
Front - 33 psi
Rear - 30 psi
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I think I ran 26 rear and 28 front when I was at Chuckwalla Raceway - 34 on the street for both

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Get a quality gauge, the cheap ones aren't accurate. Motion pro is popular but I use a Longacre racing gauge.

Tire pressures depend on what tires you have and your riding style.
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I agree, get a high quality tire gauge, the piece of mind is well worth the investment. I've been using the Intercomp Racing brand for quite a few years now and I love it. I prefer analog over the digital. They are available in different sizes and pressure ranges, so be sure you get the 0 - 60psi version. I forget off hand the street pressures I'm running on the 959, but it's whatever is written on the frame tag. I'm guessing somewhere between 36-38 psi.

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/icp-360060/overview/
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Bought a $20(ish?) digital gauge from local car parts shop. Good features, assuming it's accurate, and is about the size of a stopwatch.

https://www.amazon.com/Slime-20202-D...tal+tire+gauge

I keep my front tire at 2.5 bar/36psi, and the rear at 2.5 or 2.4 if I'm gonna go play in the twisties.
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I have Dunlop Q3 tires and run with a 30F/28R tire pressure.
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I ran my tires at 33/33.5 F/R for the first 2500 miles and just went to factory 36/36 for a run on my usual loop yesterday.

For me the the lower tire pressure felt better, the higher pressure added an "edge" to the road feeling that made everything feel sharper. That may suit some people, but for me I like a softer/compliant setup rather than laser sharp focus.

My tires lasted for @2,500 miles at the 33/33.5 with two track days in there.
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I ran my tires at 33/33.5 F/R for the first 2500 miles and just went to factory 36/36 for a run on my usual loop yesterday.

For me the the lower tire pressure felt better, the higher pressure added an "edge" to the road feeling that made everything feel sharper. That may suit some people, but for me I like a softer/compliant setup rather than laser sharp focus.

My tires lasted for @2,500 miles at the 33/33.5 with two track days in there.
The lower pressure will provide a larger contact patch for sure, however it also makes your wheels more susceptible to damage on the road. You can get away with lower track pressures since the risk of a pothole or large debris is far less. However, if you ever decide to upgrade the wheels and shell out $2500 - $4000 for a set, you may want to rethink the lower pressure strategy on the street.

My dealer recommended closer to 40 psi here in Dallas because of the poor conditions in many areas.

Even if you have wheel protection, the coverage will not replace the wheel if it is slightly bent, but can still hold air in the tire. They will typically only pay out if it can no longer retain air.

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Thanks for the info Sinjin, lucky to have pristine country roads on my usual route, most of it is a smidge less smooth than some tracks I have been on. I will make extra sure to avoid any serious imperfections.
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