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I own a 1991 gsf400 bandit..I have to replace the stock tires with new ones and have a very good deal on the Michelin Power ct2's..the stock tire size is front-110/70/17...and rear-150/70/17....can i install a 120/60/17 on front and a 160/60/17 on rear on the original rims...or will they be slightly too wide for the rim therefore cause the sidewalls to bulge???...I dont think they are too wide (only 10mm difference) but I cant find anywhere what the actual rim size is other than a 17" to determine if the stock rim will be compatible with a slightly wider tire with slightly lower profile...(I cannot access the actual bike right now to see if it is stamped on the rim itself..) If someone can assist that would be excellent...Thanks Sho

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I suggest you stick with the stock tire size. If you don't, the speedometer will not read correctly. With a smaller tire if the speedo says 65 you will really be doing 55 or so. The actual mileage driven will be off as well. The lower profile tires also do not cushion the rim as well. The spokes are more likely to get out of whack. It is also harder on the brakes since the brake disk is spinning faster to go the same distance as a stock tire would be turning.

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I know its been 6 years but trombones is wrong. I run the same 120 and 160 set on my gsx750f. Same wheels. I also own a twin disk import gsf400. So I knows! The diameter of the tyres is negligible. Bigger tyre and smaller sidewall. Much more edge grip and quicker turn in. I was running off the edge of the tyre on the Slug (black 98 gsx750f) when running standard 150. 160 allows big lean and sparks! My speedo was about 1.5 mph different. Please feel free to disagree with me but in the last 13 years I have owned 15 bikes and 0 cars while covering over quarter of a million miles. I hope I have helped someone and remember the most important bit - ENJOY YOUR RIDING!!! Phil - N Yorks, UK.

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