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subzali 10-01-2005 08:15 PM

Speaking of my thread in the wanted section
 
:)

What do you guys and gals think about 4 tire vs. 5 tire rotations? Which do you guys do? We're assuming you have 4 tires plus the spare, cause I know somebody will make some sort of wise crack :D Cheers everybody

nakman 10-01-2005 09:37 PM

Alright I'll go. I rotate 5-

- spare goes to the LF, LF goes to LR, LR goes to RF, RF goes to RR, and RR goes to spare -

I do it every oil change, 2x per year (~3500 miles). I think it's important with an AWD vehicle that all tires be as close to the same OD as possible. That, and I wanted to stretch the total mileage of my set of tires, so every 6 months one of them gets to take a break and ride in back.

Equal size less of an issue with you disengable front axle folk, but IMO there's no excuse for not having a good spare, especially on a car that you take places where you can't just call AAA.

And one last benefit: when you rotate 5 you're guaranteed that your spare actually fits your vehicle. Who's ever been with somone who gets a flat then realizes their spare doesn't fit? :eek:

60wag 10-02-2005 07:24 AM

My spare is a tire left over from the last set of four. Its worn out and is mounted on a narrow OE rim. The only time the spare will be used is if I have a flat. Thay leaves me with a set of 4 to rotate. When the fronts start to look like the outer corners are wearing too much, they go in back.

Rzeppa 10-02-2005 06:05 PM

I have done 5 tyre rotation for the last couple decades, works extremely well. Rotate every other oil change = every 5k miles. Identical rims, identical tyres, they all last longer and whatever you put on to fix a flat is exactly the same as what you took off. One time I blew up a sidewall and rim on Hackett Rock, I bought 2 new rims and tyres for the rear so that my lockright would be even. Since then, I've been doing a 4 tyre rotation on the remaining 3 older ones, the new ones are now approximately even amonst all 6 tyres.

Rotation schedule is: Spare to left front, left front to right front, right front to left rear, left rear to right rear, right rear to spare.

Given that, I have an "extra" 31x10.5 BFG M/T mounted on a 6 on 5.5 white steel spoker you might be interested in Bob. Approximately .25" (current) out of .65" (new) tread remaining. Trade for a case of Shiner?

Uncle Ben 10-02-2005 07:59 PM

I rotate every oil change as well. I decided to only do a 4 tire rotation on this set of tires. Fronts go straight back rears cross over to opposite side front. I get them balanced at the same time. Have 10k on the TREXUS M/T's now...they are wearing pretty good for being so aggresive a tread, I'm very surprized! :)

subzali 10-02-2005 08:05 PM

I guess I'll put in input from my buddie's experience. He does a five tire rotation. But instead of just scheduling them, he measures the tread depth on all tires and moves the spare to the one with the shortest tread depth. Thought it was interesting. So I'm taking it that there's not problems with swapping the rotation direction of the tire? A long time ago, when I was really young (just young now :p ) I heard that tires can blow up if swapped from side to side too often.

Uncle Ben 10-02-2005 08:43 PM

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Originally Posted by subzali
I guess I'll put in input from my buddie's experience. He does a five tire rotation. But instead of just scheduling them, he measures the tread depth on all tires and moves the spare to the one with the shortest tread depth. Thought it was interesting. So I'm taking it that there's not problems with swapping the rotation direction of the tire? A long time ago, when I was really young (just young now :p ) I heard that tires can blow up if swapped from side to side too often.


The early radials did have some belt shifting problems. Haven't heard of a modern radial having belt shifting problems in quite some time.

leiniesred 10-03-2005 02:58 PM

fronts to back at oil changes
 
I only change oil at 5,000 mile intervals. I have directional tread so fronts to back, back to front at that time. 2 floor jacks and I don't go under the car.


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