Author Topic: The Mitas E-07 tire thread merge-fest  (Read 45259 times)

Offline Boondocker

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Re: The Mitas E-07 tire thread merge-fest
« Reply #315 on: July 09, 2018, 04:12:44 pm »
I just remounted a set of E07 Dakars that I took off last year for some PR4s. The Mitas have 6,000 miles on them, about half done based on my last set. Anyway, try as I might, I managed to put the front tire on backwards (rotational direction). Had this been a new tire without cupped tread from braking, I would have remounted it. I've reversed the front tires on my lighter weight dual sport bikes (running DOT knobbies) when they were in the same state and never noticed a difference in handling. The wear pattern just smoothed out by the time they were done. Rode to work today and didn't think twice about the handling, though I haven't practiced any hard braking maneuvers with the tire in this orientation. I'm sure the tire manufacturer would disclaim my faux pas, but has anyone here done the same (mistake) and lived to tell the tale? I'm inclined to try it for a while to see if becomes ill-handling. If it doesn't feel right, I'll remount it (50/50 odds of getting that right). If I really can't tell a difference, maybe I'll just ride it out. I'm holding out for a set of E07+ Dakars anyway.
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Re: The Mitas E-07 tire thread merge-fest
« Reply #316 on: July 09, 2018, 08:29:25 pm »
Direction is for-rain dispersal so it not?
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Re: The Mitas E-07 tire thread merge-fest
« Reply #317 on: July 09, 2018, 10:26:41 pm »
Direction is for-rain dispersal so it not?


Close. The tread pattern is largely to prevent hydro-planing (losing traction) when there is water on the road. When off-road, mud acts similar.


Boondocker - If you are not running at gross weights and prolonged high speeds, you'll probably get away with it till the tire is ready to be replaced. HOWEVER -
(1) Be really careful in the rain and
(2) frequently look close for bubbles in the sidewall.


The belts of the front tire are laid to go into compression (iirc) on braking and you are going to be putting those seams into tension. Further, rubber heats in use and over time will seat on the steel bead wires, which you are now going to be pulling in new directions.


At the first sign of anything at all unusual, the tire ought to be scrapped. 
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Re: The Mitas E-07 tire thread merge-fest
« Reply #318 on: July 09, 2018, 10:42:50 pm »
In the end, I'd spend less time fixing it than worrying about it, so I'll be a good lad and turn it right way around. Thanks for keeping me straight.
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Re: The Mitas E-07 tire thread merge-fest
« Reply #319 on: July 10, 2018, 12:42:55 am »
Fixed it. Quickest tire change I ever did. Suppose recent practice helped. A piece of tape on the wheel and a piece of tape on the tire helped me to keep it straight this time.
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Re: The Mitas E-07 tire thread merge-fest
« Reply #320 on: July 10, 2018, 01:58:00 am »
Yes I also accidentally mounted front tire backwards and didn’t  even notice it for a couple thousand miles, so I went through the trouble to remount it correctly, I couldn’t notice any difference in handling at all.
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Re: The Mitas E-07 tire thread merge-fest
« Reply #321 on: July 10, 2018, 07:40:10 am »
I have new front and rear, when I saw the front I thought the shop mounted it backwards.......took a bit to figure it out.  The goofy arrow is to foreign for me......but both front and rear arrows are pointing forward.


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