which tire to buy


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  • crush6742

Posted September 13, 2010 - 04:49 PM

#1

I need to replace the rear tire on an '08 yz450f. It came with the Dunlop D756 which looks like its replacemt is now the MX51. I ride in Middle tennesse and there is a lot of rock in the soil, and the tire seemed to wear very quickly. Should I replace it with the MX71, which is for hard terrain? or should I keep using the MX51?

  • mikedabike

Posted September 13, 2010 - 05:20 PM

#2

I need to replace the rear tire on an '08 yz450f. It came with the Dunlop D756 which looks like its replacemt is now the MX51. I ride in Middle tennesse and there is a lot of rock in the soil, and the tire seemed to wear very quickly. Should I replace it with the MX71, which is for hard terrain? or should I keep using the MX51?


MX51, I have not used the 71 but have seen it. It definitely looks like a tire for super hard packed blue groove tracks. 450's eat tires get use to it. I also use Maxxis desert IT out here and it seem to handle the rocks in the desert a bit better than the MX51 but other than that I prefer the dunlop.

  • X2strokesmokeX

Posted September 13, 2010 - 05:21 PM

#3

Personally man i would go for the Michellin Starcross series, their great tires and dont chunk hardly at all, their a little more pricey but well worth it

  • theduck007

Posted September 13, 2010 - 05:41 PM

#4

i just bought a starcross mh3 and love it. have like 4 good rides on it and the edge is barely gone. i ride some soft stuff but it gets hard quick and the tired hooks up good. i've also heard they're a tough tire. just my thoughts. o ya i ride a 07' yz450

  • YamaLink

Posted September 13, 2010 - 06:14 PM

#5

The 51 is popular in my area but the spendier Starcross is a great tire for those conditions. So is the Bstone 404.

  • Family Man

Posted September 13, 2010 - 08:33 PM

#6

The michelin m12 xc is hands down the longest lasting tire Ive tried. Even on the 450, on gravel, what ever it doesnt matter, it lasts great. The pirelli Extra is a good compromise of wear vs performance but it doesnt last as long a michelin m12 xc. The trick to the m12 xc is 8psi any more and you will be loose on hard pack.

  • dvn

Posted September 14, 2010 - 03:06 AM

#7

I'm very happy with the MX51's in similar conditions here.:ride:

  • tech24

Posted September 14, 2010 - 05:34 AM

#8

+1 on starcross MH3! Very duarable

  • twomancrew

Posted September 14, 2010 - 07:03 AM

#9

Which lasts longer?
Which rides better w/ moderate wear when wet?

  • idahoexcr500

Posted September 14, 2010 - 08:39 AM

#10

I have been very happy with the MX51, wears great and works well in a variety of conditions. Wears much better than 756.

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  • grayracer513

Posted September 14, 2010 - 09:22 AM

#11

Wears much better than 756.

What doesn't?

Wear really is one of the most endearing features of the MX51, along with versatility. I ride SoCal high/low deserts and it takes 6 months or more to do to an MX51 what I used to do to a 756 in a month. And it works better under those conditions, to boot.

  • crush6742

Posted September 14, 2010 - 09:53 AM

#12

That's good to know about the 756 vs. the mx51. I'll go with the mx51. As long as it wears better than the 756 I'll be happy. I wanted to make sure the mx51 wasn't the same tire with a different name.

  • tech24

Posted September 14, 2010 - 10:43 AM

#13

its defenently different everyone I know gives it praise, cheap too! I'll probably try one when the MH3 wears out. I also have a set of 952s I haven't tried yet.

  • cowboyona426

Posted September 14, 2010 - 11:43 AM

#14

its defenently different everyone I know gives it praise, cheap too! I'll probably try one when the MH3 wears out. I also have a set of 952s I haven't tried yet.

I'm running a 952 rear right now and I'm not super thrilled with the wear.

  • grayracer513

Posted September 14, 2010 - 12:11 PM

#15

952's work pretty well. They're like a lower cost alternative to the MX series. Better wear than the 756 by far, though not like the MX51, pretty versatile, and a good desert tire all around. My son prefers them. Here's one at work:

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  • jayh300

Posted September 14, 2010 - 01:19 PM

#16

952's work pretty well. They're like a lower cost alternative to the MX series. Better wear than the 756 by far, though not like the MX51, pretty versatile, and a good desert tire all around. My son prefers them. Here's one at work:

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nice roost.....

  • Wiz636

Posted September 14, 2010 - 02:47 PM

#17

Here's another vote for the MX51 rear. Work good pretty much everywhere and wears very well.

  • Polar_Bus

Posted September 15, 2010 - 08:28 AM

#18

Maxxis Desert IT. The poor man's D756. Awesome wear, no chunked knobs, and fairly cheap.

  • grayracer513

Posted September 15, 2010 - 09:17 AM

#19

I ran Maxxis IT's before the 952 came out. Never ran the Desert IT because they're just way too heavy. I found the 952 to actually wear better, work better in sand, and corner much better than the Max for about the same money.

  • KJ790

Posted September 15, 2010 - 09:24 AM

#20

If you have the money, MH3 hands down. The Maxxis IT holds up well, and works pretty good on hard pack, but if you get into anything remotely soft it sucks pretty bad. If you go the Maxxis route, I much prefer the SI. It holds up like the IT, but seems to hook up better in most conditions. The MX51 seems to be an alright tire for a Dunlop, but I have never been blown away by a dunlop in any department, performance, longevity, or price.





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