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post #1 of 5 Old 10-19-2011, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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new tires? Where to put (2) new tires, front or rear?

not sure if this is where I should be posting this, but it seems like a good place for it. I have an '01 wrangler, and I kind of messed up. When I bought my lift kit, I bought four new tires, plus a full size spare. The part where I've messed up is that I've never rotated my tires. I know, that's my bad. Well, now the front two tires are pretty worn, and should be replaced soon. Do you think I should move the rear tires forward, and put the new ones on the rear? or buy one new tire, and put that one and my full size spare in the rear, and then move those forward, and keep one of the worn tires for a spare?
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-20-2011, 06:23 AM
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I'm guessing you are happy with the type of tire you have now and will be buying the same tire again. You don't say how much wear you have on the rear tires.

I would most likely buy three new tires, this plus the unused spare gives you a full set of new tires. Keep the best "old" tire for the spare.

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post #3 of 5 Old 10-20-2011, 01:07 PM
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Whatever you do from now on make sure you do a five-wheel rotation. This way your spare will never be the odd tire out.

Use the Rearward Cross method.

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When I wore out the front tires on my XJ, I bought two new ones, moved the rears to the front and put the new ones in the back. After this, start rotating better.

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post #5 of 5 Old 10-21-2011, 12:53 PM
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If you are only swapping two tires, put the ones with more tread on the back. Reason why is because if it is slick, it is easier to control if the front end starts to slide before the back.
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