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Old March 6th, 2006, 06:38 AM
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Do you folks rotate your tires? I think its getting time but have heard lots of different takes on it. I searched and didnt really find anything. do you just do front to back or what?
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Old March 6th, 2006, 08:06 AM
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Mine rotate every time I drive








Yeah I rotate them, not often enough but I do.
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Old March 6th, 2006, 08:27 AM
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My tire guy said to rotate mine every 5k and balance them every 10k since they are large. He said they will last longer
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Old March 6th, 2006, 08:32 AM
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You can also do a 5 tire rotation if your spare is the same size.
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Old March 6th, 2006, 09:31 AM
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I seem to recall it saying not to rotate the tires in the manual but would have to double check that. I rotated them back when I had the Disco and felt like crap driving afterwards and I remember seeing that in a manual somewhere.
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Old March 6th, 2006, 03:59 PM
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Old March 6th, 2006, 05:41 PM
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You can also do a 5 tire rotation if your spare is the same size.
That's what I do. Yeah, I'll have to buy 5 again when it comes time. This way though they're all about the same wear so if I need to use the spare it's not significantly larger than the rest.
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Old March 6th, 2006, 05:45 PM
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do you just put the fronts to the back or cross them over? FR->LR etc. etc
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This is an interesting topic -- rotating tires on an all wheel drive vehicle.

Traditionally people rotate tires in an effort to even the wear between the front and rear tires thus extending tire life. Drive tires tend to get more wear than the non-drive tires. This is especially true with front wheel drive cars where the steering can add some additional wear.

As we know, an all wheel drive vehicle sends power to all wheels (technically the fastest moving wheel) so the question ends up being whether the steering and engine weight in front cause any significant tire wear. To answer that question, you'd want to find someone who has not rotated their tires and see if the fronts are significantly lower than the rears.
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Old March 6th, 2006, 06:46 PM
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Any vehicle I have ever owned, the fronts always wear faster, unless you smoke the rears regularly.

I used to have trouble keeping rear tires on a '69 Z 28 that I had. 2.02 heads, Muncie Rock crusher 4 speed, headers, positrack rear end, M series tires..........you get the picture.
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I agree with Randy. The fronts do half the driving, 70% of the braking and all of the steering. When I worked at the dealer we always rotated the tires at the factory service intervals. I personally like a 5 tire rotation so I don't end up with an unmatched spare and I like to balance at least the front tires during a rotation.
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Old March 6th, 2006, 08:36 PM
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Braking and steering lend a certain amount of weight to the tire rotation idea, Robert. It'd be interesting to see some empirical evidence showing how much effect these really have on tire wear.

Speaking of rotation, is anyone using a 6 tire rotation? It would cost a little more but your tire pairs would wear more evenly. Spare set to the front, fronts to the rear and the rears become the spare set. Or vice versa.
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I do a 6 tire rotation on my Disco, fronts to back to off. 33% more tire life for the set for the price of 1 more tire.
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Braking and steering lend a certain amount of weight to the tire rotation idea, Robert. It'd be interesting to see some empirical evidence showing how much effect these really have on tire wear.

Speaking of rotation, is anyone using a 6 tire rotation? It would cost a little more but your tire pairs would wear more evenly. Spare set to the front, fronts to the rear and the rears become the spare set. Or vice versa.


Empirical evidence? Buy a set of tires, don't rotate them, see which ones wear out the fastest. It's not theory, the fronts will wear out first. No matter if it's 4 WD or anything else. Unless you smoke the rears in a rear wheel drive vehicle.
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