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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-25-2001, 09:15 PM
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Radial tire question

My dad brought something to my attention. He told me that radial tires can't be run in different directios, meaning you can't put the tires from the right side of the vehical on the left side. Has anyone else heard this? Your info is as always appreciated...


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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-25-2001, 09:29 PM
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Re: Radial tire question

I believe it's true due to most radial tires being directional in the way that the tread is designed to spin. It should be fine if you take the tires off of the rims and change the direction on them.

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Re: Radial tire question

While this was true 30 years ago, it isn't today. Today's tires can be run on opposite sides during a rotation without any problems.

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 03-25-2001, 09:33 PM
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The problem used to be that the radial belts would slightly shift or mold themselves in the direction of running, then switching sides would stress the belts in the other direction, causing belt failure, but like JEEPN said, MOST modern radials don't have that problem.

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post #5 of (permalink) Old 03-25-2001, 10:09 PM
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Dang now I have to go rotate the tires on my other 2 vehicles...thanks guys :B

post #6 of (permalink) Old 03-26-2001, 06:18 AM
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yeah just look on the sidewall if in doubt. my goodyears on Z28 have directional arrows on them and the word "rotation". i still rotate all my radials front to rear like the "old school".

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Re: Radial tire question

I ruined a set of yokahamas on my wifes car. I rotated them and changed sides. Broke the belts in all four of them. they were non directional tires too. I don't switch sides anymore.

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post #8 of (permalink) Old 03-26-2001, 03:04 PM
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The "rotation" arrows are there because they indicate the direction the tread pattern affords the best traction. You have uni-directional tread that will fail to provide optimum traction in hard- or rainy-driving conditions.


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