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post #1 of 13 Old 10-11-2018, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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So I put new tires on my 18 kodiak. Some 26/12/11 artracx radials all the way around. I have noticed I get a slight wobble now in the handlebars when I am driving on hard surfaces over 25 to 30mph. Have any of you with bigger tires experienced this? Should I have gone with a slimmer tire up front? Does it need to be balanced?
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post #2 of 13 Old 10-11-2018, 10:22 PM
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Get them balanced and you should be good to go.

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So I put new tires on my 18 kodiak. Some 26/12/11 artracx radials all the way around. I have noticed I get a slight wobble now in the handlebars when I am driving on hard surfaces over 25 to 30mph. Have any of you with bigger tires experienced this? Should I have gone with a slimmer tire up front? Does it need to be balanced?
exactly what i'm going through ..... left dealer, drove to tire shop, had my new 26x9&11-12 installed. go home, out for first drive, 52kph it starts to shake, by 70kph, gotta let off, barely hold onto bars.

of course in my excitement to go on that first drive ..... i forgot to drop air pressure down to 5ish lbs....so my first 4km was on tires with 20+ psi. lol

hopefully some counteract balance beads will help.
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From what I understand, this is a common thing with the Chinese knock off tires.
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From what I understand, this is a common thing with the Chinese knock off tires.
That can certainly be the case as well.

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Noticed the same around 60/70 kph and over on my newer Maxxis Big Horn originals. Thinking about getting them re-balanced as I dont think I noticed this last fall when they were new?

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It really depend if they are just out of balance OR out of round. I’ve had good luck using Airsoft BB’s in Swamper truck tires and I plan on putting 2oz in each tire when I mount up my new Reptile Radials this week. With airsoftBB’s/balance beads you will still get a bit of shake until you hit 25-30mph then they settle in and smooth out. If the tire is out of round you will pretty much be SOL unless you can get swapped under warranty.

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makes me want to stick with the stock size tire, I love moving quickly and would hate to pay a few hundred dollars just to get the wobbles haha

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makes me want to stick with the stock size tire, I love moving quickly and would hate to pay a few hundred dollars just to get the wobbles haha
I have 26” Maxxis BigHorn 2.0. I usually keep them aired at 8lbs and I haven’t had this issue at any speed or on any surface.

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No wobbling on my $300 set of Tusk tires. They are wearing out fast though.

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