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Tires backward?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by EEtaco, May 19, 2009.

  1. May 19, 2009 at 11:37 AM
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    EEtaco

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    I took my '09 for it's first oil change yesterday and opted out on rotating my tires since they're holding up just fine. However, when I got home and took a look over everything I noticed that the stock dunlop's are mounted in the opposite direction on the drivers side. :confused: I just noticed this after 4500 miles and it came from the dealer like this. I plan on going back to the dealer tomorrow to get them remounted and I guess I'll rotate them since they'll be taking the wheels off anyways.

    Anyone else ever run in to this before?
     
  2. May 19, 2009 at 11:40 AM
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    wbhvacer

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    I dont understand what you are saying, are the letters backwards or do they all read from left to rt ?
     
  3. May 19, 2009 at 11:41 AM
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    wat?
    the dunflops are not a directional tire as far as i know.
     
  4. May 19, 2009 at 11:45 AM
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    I was confused at first, but the tread on the drivers side is in the opposite direction compared to the passenger side. There's also an arrow on the tires (indicating direction I guess); on the outside of the drivers tire the arrow points backwards and on the inside (under the truck) the arrow points the correct way. I'll try to take some pics of it.
     
  5. May 19, 2009 at 11:50 AM
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    wat?
    are these the 245/75/16 or 265/65/17 dunlops?
     
  6. May 19, 2009 at 11:52 AM
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    mws4ua

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    Yeah... pics are needed.

    I didn't think that the stock tires were directional tires anyway.

    Picture, in your mind, taking a tire off the driver's side of your truck, then mounting it on the passenger side. Assuming you keep the same side facing out (white letters vs. black) it's going to be mounted "opposite" of the driver's side. As long as the tire isn't a directional tire, everything is fine.

    On a side note, NEVER rotate directional tires side to side. Only front to back. You'll be fine driving on dry pavement, but when it rains you could be in for some trouble. A directional tire facing the wrong way will trap water rather than move it out from under the tire. Very dangerous.
     
  7. May 19, 2009 at 12:12 PM
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    Here are some pics.
    The first is a side view of the rear driver-side tire. Following that is a top view of the tread. Arrows indicate direction of wheel rotation when the truck goes forward.

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    Last two are of the rear passenger tire.
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  8. May 19, 2009 at 12:14 PM
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    wat?
    those tires are not directional....forget the arrow and look at the tread patterns....exactly the same. directional tires will have a pattern that will conflict with driving them backwards.
     
  9. May 19, 2009 at 12:22 PM
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    Yeah... your tires are fine. The 'arrow' is just the Dunlop logo. Ignore it.
     
  10. May 19, 2009 at 12:22 PM
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    Haha, that little arrow you see is the Dunlap emblem and is no way associated with the tire directionality.
     
  11. May 19, 2009 at 12:27 PM
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    emblem? god I feel like an idiot.
     
  12. May 19, 2009 at 12:35 PM
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    I'm actually surprised that Krazie didn't post in this thread advising to take all of the tires off, then drive to the dealership on the rims to get a whole new set. (You know... b/c if you drive too much on the original tires you won't be able to return them.)
     
  14. May 19, 2009 at 12:46 PM
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  15. May 19, 2009 at 12:53 PM
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    haha, I don't think I'm that bad. At least I like to think I'm not. :eek:
     
  16. May 19, 2009 at 12:59 PM
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    Would this thread go into the "fail" thread?:D



    No worries, I've seen worse things....but this IS pretty funny.:rofl:
     
  17. May 19, 2009 at 1:32 PM
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    Humorous;but I always do the front to back rotation & never the x.
     
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    Don't feel bad!! Atleast you're observant....
    Being observant only fuels curiosity which fuels the learning process!

    Some people drive around with their tires just about riding on the rims and wonder why they're getting bad gas mileage.
     
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