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Using the Spare Tire in the Rotation?

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by CaRefugee, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. Apr 27, 2010 at 8:38 AM
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    CaRefugee

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    I have a 2006 Tacoma DC that is getting a Toytec ULK, Moto Metal 955's, and 285/70-17 Duratrac's this weekend. I'm thinking about buying an extra 955 wheel and tire and rotating the spare in each time I do a rotation. Anyone weigh in on this idea?
     
  2. Apr 27, 2010 at 8:39 AM
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    your reasoning as to why??
     
  3. Apr 27, 2010 at 8:40 AM
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    Don't waste the money. Unless you want to look good when you get a flat.
     
  4. Apr 27, 2010 at 8:48 AM
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    My reasoning was to have a spare that matches the height of the other tires and to get more mileage out of the set of tires.
     
  5. Apr 27, 2010 at 8:49 AM
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    not worth it.
     
  6. Apr 27, 2010 at 8:50 AM
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    so what do you recommend when he gets a flat? call AAA?
     
  7. Apr 27, 2010 at 8:52 AM
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    ride around on the dookie ofc.
     
  8. Apr 27, 2010 at 8:53 AM
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    but it's a good 3-5% shorter than the 285s, i can't imagine that will do your drivetrain any favors.

    Personally I bought a properly sized spare tire.
     
  9. Apr 27, 2010 at 8:55 AM
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    nothing wrong with buying 1 extra tire. but No need to buy the wheel.
     
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    agreed.
     
  11. Apr 27, 2010 at 8:59 AM
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    Unless, you want to try to get 50k miles from your 40k mile rated tires?
     
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    a rotation these days is usually front to rear, rear to front.. no side to side crap, so really would a spare put into the rotation on ONE side be worth it to buy the extra 955?
     
  13. Apr 27, 2010 at 9:01 AM
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    Good point!
     
  14. Apr 27, 2010 at 9:01 AM
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    I don't think one tire would add 10k miles lol. But what do I know?
     
  15. Apr 27, 2010 at 9:02 AM
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    Im going to get a used tire from discount when I get my 265/75's They should be pretty cheap, plus I can sell my never used spare.
     
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    yep, in the old days you could do a 5 tire rotate. Not with today's steel belts, you don't.
     
  17. Apr 27, 2010 at 9:05 AM
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    And I don't know that you would get an extra 10k either. It certainly wouldn't be worth it for any less. If anyone has any experience doing this, maybe they can give us an idea of how much additional mileage you could expect?
     
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    I would. Especially if you plan on buying a diffrent style of tire in the future.
     
  19. Apr 27, 2010 at 9:24 AM
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    Huh:confused:


    To the OP question, if you have 50,000 mile rated tires then you can expect and additional 15,000 miles, stretching your total tire replacement to 65,000 miles. So, just do the math for how much you're paying for the tires/wheel and see it that's worth it.

    For mine:

    ~$1,000 for 4/tires rated at 50,000 = 12,500 miles per tire
    ~$1,250 for 5/tires rated at 65,000 = 13,000 miles per tire

    So, according to my setup, it's just about equal, won't save any more though I'm not spending any extra, except figuring for cost of tires going up by the replacement time.
     
  20. Apr 27, 2010 at 9:37 AM
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    Check your owner's manual, it explains a 4 as well as 5 tire rotation in there :thumbsup:
     
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