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post #1 of 21 Old 07-16-2007, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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running directional tires backwards ??

I've heard if you have directional tires and run them backwards you get alot more traction. I would like to try this but I don't really want to load up the floor jack and rotate my tires at the beginning of the trail. My question is ....is it ok to drive with my tires backwards on the pavment. Does anyone run there tires like this all the time. I would think the tires would wear funny and would cause vibes.


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post #2 of 21 Old 07-16-2007, 10:33 PM
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No idea... However I figure they would design the tire tread in a way so that it would have the most traction rotating in the proper direction (forward)? You could test it out and let us know. Just watch the tread wear. You won't experience tire failure or anything if that's what you're worried about.
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post #3 of 21 Old 07-16-2007, 10:34 PM
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I don't know off hand, but it sure would suck if you had to back up and had no traction.


I know when I was running parrelli tires on my Blazer, they were direction tires.. and the dumbarse tire shop put them on backwards and I was sliding all over cause it messed with my traction.. SPECIALLY when it rained.

Not sure if you are going to get alot of posts on this question... companies make directional tires for one reason.. to get better tracktion in one direction.. lol

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post #4 of 21 Old 07-16-2007, 10:38 PM
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yea they always say its a "good idea" or something like that on extreme 4x4. but who knows for sure. its seams like a good idea for the trail, but not so much for pavment

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post #5 of 21 Old 07-16-2007, 11:13 PM
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I run my boggers backwards every other rotation, but just to get even wear out of them. Normal rotation is rears strait forward and fronts X to the rear (rear wheel drive) but with my boggers I just run them all forwards and then run them all backwards. True looks goofy but they do wear a lot better this way.

As for the highway, reverse they are LOUDER if thats even possable (boggers...) decrease highway cruseing power/mpg and they dont clean as good in the mud but thats because they were designed to be run forwards.

A lot of people will run the rears faceing forwards and the fronts backwards so they have equal traction in reverse.

They also wont clear water out of the tread as well because the lugs will be forcing the water twords the center of the tire rather than out....

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post #6 of 21 Old 07-16-2007, 11:33 PM
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Running backwards

The whole reason for running them backwards from what I have read is you run your Fronts backward and rears in the tires normal direction. this gives you traction if you have to reverse. other then that I am not sure.
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the direction of the tread affect braking too. on my R/C car i reversed the tires and got awsome traction forward...couldn't stop though. That little ba$tard sure could pop a wheely though.

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As far as I know, directional tires only work well in the direction they were designed for. When you run them backwards, they pack mud INTO the tread instead of clearing. One time that I got stuck bad, a guy with tractor tires pulled me out. He said he had to pull me out with his rear towpoint because if he tried in reverse using the front then he would have no traction.

I have also heard the theory that directional tires are designed so that you have more traction in reverse so you can back out of a stuck situation. My personal experiences show this not to be true.
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As far as I know, directional tires only work well in the direction they were designed for. When you run them backwards, they pack mud INTO the tread instead of clearing. One time that I got stuck bad, a guy with tractor tires pulled me out. He said he had to pull me out with his rear towpoint because if he tried in reverse using the front then he would have no traction.

I have also heard the theory that directional tires are designed so that you have more traction in reverse so you can back out of a stuck situation. My personal experiences show this not to be true.
...the farmers i know prefer to pull things out in reverse...keeps the tractor from flipping

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Probably make gas mileage worse
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post #11 of 21 Old 07-17-2007, 06:41 AM
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WHOA!!!!!!!

You could run them backwards OFF road becuase you don't reach highspeeds... HOWEVER you don't want them backwards if you drive this Jeep on the street!

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I run them backwards on my rig!

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...the farmers i know prefer to pull things out in reverse...keeps the tractor from flipping
That's called tractor tipping.


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...the farmers i know prefer to pull things out in reverse...keeps the tractor from flipping

My baja claws like being reversed in the mud.
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Ive had it help only while running in the sand dunes.
It would try to pack the sand under the tire and not sink in so far.
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