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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-02-2003, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
 
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Rotating Tires

Ok, so its time for me to rotate my tires. (This may sound stupid, but oh well.) Ive been told of several different methods for rotating your tires, and some of those came with reasons to NOT do it any other way. Which ended up leaving me back where i started: Deciding how im gonna rotate my tires!
So, basically, im wondering which method you guys use, and why:
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"D" [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
I'm sure you've noticed, but the fronts and rears wear differently.
The fronts wear more under braking and the rears under acceleration.
Run your hand across the top of a tire from front to back.
You'll see the front tire treads are sharp on the forward side,
and the rear tires are sharp on the rearward side of lugs.
By rotating front to rear, rear to front, this minimizes the chances of cupping.
(Symptom of the treads always wearing the same direction)

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Ok, thats kinda what i thought....i didnt think you could change the direction a tire was rotating unless you re-seated it on the rim.
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Re: Rotating Tires

what, no rotating your fullsize spare in rotation too? get a lil more life outta the tires, or is there a good reason not to?
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Re: Rotating Tires

if you have directional tires then d is the way to do it otherwise the tire patterns will face away from each other as for the spare i leave mine on the carrier cuz i want to run down the 4 so i can get my 36's [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]and cant till i use these up then all i need to do is get 3 more and slap them on the f-150 [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Rotating Tires

I actually use c to rotate the tires onto the other side of the vehicle, as well as front to back (and occasionally get the spare in as well). My right front just plain wears a little funny and faster than the rest, so I don't want just that side tires always seeing that action.
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Re: Rotating Tires

OK this goes against all conventional wisdom... but I've rotated many sets of tires all different kinds of ways and have gotten the best milage (88,000 with rotation including spare) out of rotating style 'A'.

I know that most people will say that radials shouldn't be rotated thataway cuz of belt separations.. [img]images/graemlins/bs.gif[/img]

You mean to tell me that the tire knows wheather you're going to mount it with the white letters out or not??? Ridiculous... besides if the tire is gonna separate it's a poorly constructed tire anyhoo.

just my $.02
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Re: Rotating Tires

RE: A, B, or C.
Separation is really not a problem anymore, so that throws that reason out.
The reason why I suggested D, and nothing else, is this.

Note the wear patterns of the lugs.
Go run your hand across the top of the tires, and you'll see what I mean.
One edge of the lugs will be "sharp" and the other "dull".
That's because the front tires wear under braking, and the rears will wear under acceleration.
If you rotate across corners, front to rear, you continually wear the tread in the same direction.
You could, especially with an open diff in the rear, rotate the rears side to side on occasion,
to help with the right side tire wear, since it will do most of the work.

Hope this helps, been wanting to put a pic up of how the tread wears differently on front and rear tires. [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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Re: Rotating Tires

I have to agree with Doug, as im definitely experiencing this. Of course, im sure having the detroit isnt helping the rear tires any either.
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Re: Rotating Tires

i have the same prob with tread wear on the front just not the back. i am about to rotate the 35s here in a week.
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