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Tire rotation after flipping white lettering in

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by Enigmaaron, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. Mar 30, 2011 at 6:53 AM
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    I have a slightly different tire rotation question for you guys. I recently switched from the stock alloys to some black wheels and consequently had the tires flipped around so the white lettering is on the inside now. I think a rotation is definitely in order at this point (and it's close enough to when they should be rotated anyway). The question is which way?

    I'm leaning toward criss cross since that will result in the tire rolling in the same direction as it was previously. Essentially the end result is a front to back rotation like the manual states but the tires are on opposite sides since they were flipped around.

    Or do I just do front to back like the manual states regardless?

    I think in writing this out I've convinced myself criss cross is the way to go but what do you guys think?
     
  2. Mar 30, 2011 at 6:57 AM
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  3. Mar 30, 2011 at 7:01 AM
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    I think you missed the point of the question. The tires have been turned around in place therefor standard rotation patterns do not apply.
     
  4. Mar 30, 2011 at 7:19 AM
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    maybe but you made it sound all crazy in your first post or maybe its just too early for me but do yourself the chalk test make sure everything is good and run them for a while and if you feel the need to rotate them then do what Lrgrnr said.

    if you still so concerned about them just toss the fronts on the back via standard rotation procedures and call it good.
     
  5. Mar 30, 2011 at 7:21 AM
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    you also might have missed the point of a tire rotation in the first place as well, you rotate them cause your front tires get uneven wear from the left and right turning and you prolong the life by tossing the rears up front. just remounting your tires black out wont make much of a difference in the wear in that perspective cause your fronts are still in front.. assuming that they put your tires on the same corners they came off of
     
  6. Mar 30, 2011 at 7:22 AM
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    Probably a little crazy, I have a habit of way over thinking things. I'm not really that concerned about it, just wondering what you guys think.
     
  7. Mar 30, 2011 at 7:23 AM
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    if it gives you peace of mind i would go ahead with the rotation and just keep an eye on the wear patterns and you will be good to go
     
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    I think you're overcomplicating this. If they're directional tires, they should have put them on the other side of the truck when they put the white letters in meaning your tire rotation pattern wouldn't change... Just rotate them front to back, the side of the tire that the white lettering is on does not affect tire rotation if they were mounted correctly to begin with.
     
  9. Mar 30, 2011 at 7:51 AM
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    Nah, they aren't directional. I had heard that it's a good idea to keep tires rolling in the same direction through their lifetime regardless and that's why the manual says to rotate front to back. :notsure: That's really the basis of my question.

    Anyway I guess fundamentally the question is just the same old concept of whether to rotate front back or criss cross.
     
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    lol its cool what tires are you running anyways?
     
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    For me....I rotate the tires front to back - and back to front and always on the same side, every 5K miles.

    This method (for me) is far easier & faster and won't matter what type of tires you're running.
     
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    I just rotate them front to back on the same side. No issues and usually get nice, even wear for the life of the tires.
     
  13. Mar 30, 2011 at 8:03 AM
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    They are 265/75r16 Firestone Destination AT's. Good tires for my mostly onroad driving. I miss the Cooper Discoverer STT's I had on there before. Looked sick and I could drive through just about anything, but they started getting too noisy for my liking.
     
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    i had those when i bought my truck they were alright, you should definitely look into some new tires and make your truck look beefier with a more aggressive tire and not worry about the rotation :D
     
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    Haha, that's what I did with the Cooper's and they didn't last long. Unfortunately these tires are only a little over a year old with plenty of tread left. I've thought of trying to sell them though so I can get Duratracs or something.
     
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    i have BFG ATs and i like them alot more aggressive than the firestones and quiet and generally good performance but im thinking about selling them cause i really really really wanna get me some red letter general grabbers
     
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    I always keep the tire rotation direction the same.

    This is 'old school' thinking that originates from early radial tire design. When radial tires first came out there were problems of tread separation when the rolling direction was changed (i.e. cross rotations). I have read and heard that this is less of an issue nowadays with current tire designs.

    When I asked about it at Discount Tire recently, they indicated they still recommend keeping the rolling direction of the tire the same throughout its lifetime.
     
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    Ah, that makes sense. Thanks for the info.
     
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    I rotate mine 1st front to back, 2nd cross cross, 3rd front to back, 4th cross cross and so on. I rotate my customers front to rear unless they tell me different.
     
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