V-ROD tire width, can you put a 280 on stock wheel?

If you're active on social media, you've probably seen this question thousands of times: "Can I install a 280 on my original rim? or "What's the widest tire I can put on the original rear wheel?" The goal, I guess, is to have the widest possible tire at the lowest price. (Knowing a complete kit of wide tires can cost between $4,000 and $6,000.)

Keep in mind, further you deviate from stock the more you're contorting the tire to fit on a rim that is too narrow for what it was designed to be put on. You don't end up with a wider tire, you end up with a taller one with a pinched crown because the sides had to be pushed in to make it fit.

So, what's the best move? Here are some measures to help you make the right choice.
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Oem V-Rod muscle wheel with 260mm tire: (9.85")
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Oem V-Rod NRS wheel with 280mm tire: (9.93")
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Aftermarket wheel 18 x 10" with 280mm tire: (11")
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The width of the tire may vary slightly from manufacturer to manufacturer. In conclusion, you can mount a 280 mm tire on an original wheel but for price and safety, this is not the best deal. The 280 mm (on original wheel) will only give about 1/16" wider than a 260 mm. You can also compare a "real 280mm wheel" vs the 280mm on oem wheel: the difference is more than 1".

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1 comment

  • Very nice review. That answers a lot of questions. Zeel 280 kit is one of the best investment you can make on your v-rod.

    Phil

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