Way Outta Control
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: The Palouse
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I'm wondering just what rotation will gain you?
The tread's already hard, so you might as well wear it out on the street. Then you can save you pennies. But that brings up the question about rotation. It's important to rotate summer/winter tires as the tread formulation is different. You can use winter tires in the summer. But because the tread's formulated to stay soft in cold weather the tread will almost turn to goo in hot weather. If you leave the tire on during the spring/summer/early fall, then you'll wear it out in less than 5,000 miles. The converse is true with summer tires.
The tire manufactures came out with best all-around solution, the all-season tread. It stays pliable in the winter and summer so you get durable wear.
The more the tire's exposed to the atmosphere/UV light, etc., the more it will degrade.
So, if you remove the off-road tire after you're off-road season ends and store them properly you may delay the decaying of the tread... but not by a whole lot.
The only thing (IMHO... and I know squat about tires) you gain is saving tread for the next off-road season.