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I have a 2016 Chieftain and think my next set of tires will be whitewalls. What are the best brands that would fit my bike?
 

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Well, it depends on what kind of riding that you do. Some tires are better for the highway, some are better for twisty roads. Harder compound and a flatter profile will last the longest and work great on the highway and a softer compound and rounder profile will stop better and stick to the road better leaned over but won't last as long.
And cheap tires suck imho.Stick with a good brand.
 

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I thought Dunlop didn’t make whitewalls?
I have them on my bike & they work good enough. I've been getting about 16k miles out of the rear tire and about 24k out of the front.
I've tried Metzeler ME 880 / 888 Marathon, on my H-D and they worked well but wore out faster.
I've heard that these work well also: Avon AV72 Cobra Wide White Wall Rear Tire.

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Metzeler ME 888 WWW were so bad on my 'lightweight' Chief DH, that I changed the front wheel bearings due the vibrations.
Could not believe that this new Metzelers are so bad.

Changed then to Avon Cobra WWW, front is like reborn.
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The rear Metzeler still makes some noise and rumble, but is listed on my shedule.
 

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Metzeler ME 888 WWW were so bad on my 'lightweight' Chief DH, that I changed the front wheel bearings due the vibrations.
Could not believe that this new Metzelers are so bad.

Changed then to Avon Cobra WWW, front is like reborn.
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The rear Metzeler still makes some noise and rumble, but is listed on my shedule.
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I absolutely LOVE your powder coated engine! Can you tell me who did the work and approximately how much it costs? Thanks!!!
 

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I've been using the Dunlop American Elites. They come stick with the white walls on the Vintage; I've had no issues with them, so I keep using them. I'm on the second front tire and third rear at 28k.
 

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Just paint???

Have you had any issues with heat yet???
Matte black, NOT special oven colour which needs unreachable 250°Celsius for finish.

And the aluminium paint for metal protection is like a bit structured.
One of the painted heads of the rear cover bolts turned into brown due the heat, that's it.
The Covers are not going to heat up like the cylinders do.
 

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Thanks everyone for the feedback. I've been away for awhile. And no problem with the highjacking! LOL. I saw someone mentioned Dunlop Elites. I'm having a problem finding a rear whitewall that fits my bike. There seems to be plenty of front tire options.
 

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I am in no way recommending this. Just sort of FYI. But some antique auto owners have claimed to use exterior oil based primers (like zinser/bullseye or Kilz) to paint their own whitewalls on hard to find sizes. They claim excellent results.
 

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I’ve heard of people painting on whitewalls. I don’t think I want them that bad. But I see bikes on this forum and other images with whitewalls and wondering why I can’t find the same ones. Does the Chief have a different size than chieftain?
 

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I have Dunlop WWs on my old 2001 Drifter. They do all right. Have a buddy that runs the cheap Shinkos on his Gilroy. Says they work better than any other brand he's ever had on.
 

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Thanks everyone. I will let you know once I've change them. Just think whitewalls bring a different look to the Indians.
 
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