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Unread 08-27-2013, 06:04 PM   #16
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I don't, because I don't carry a spare.

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Unread 08-27-2013, 06:10 PM   #17
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I was always under the impression that fronts wore quicker than rears ?

This is what I have always based this belief on. Pulled this off the 'net', so if must be true, right !!

"The engine, the heaviest single thing in a car, is usually at the front, so the front tires tend to carry more weight. The front tires also take care of all the steering duties. Plus, when you apply the brakes, the weight of the car shifts forward. Think about how often you brake while cornering, and you'll begin to understand why front tires almost always wear out faster than rear tires."
Nope, it all depends on your use.

My use is 2 wheel drive (rear axle) 90% of the time when I'm on the trail:

So, would that not mean more rear tire wear on my Jeep?

Two wheel drive until it gets difficult, then 4 wheel drive. The lockers come somewhere in between...
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Unread 08-27-2013, 06:13 PM   #18
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I don't, because I don't carry a spare.
Swamps don't need spares?...
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Unread 08-27-2013, 06:13 PM   #19
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The gravel roads here murder my tire life so I dont rotate it in. When the current 4 are worn down and replaced I put the current spare into the new 4 tire group and put a new tire as the spare. Repeat a few years later.

Saves me from price shock, 4 tires are cheaper than 5... even though im doing it more often than if I did a 5 tire roatation. But the bill is $360 cheaper so I feel better about it.
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Unread 08-27-2013, 06:19 PM   #20
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on any vehicle I have with a full size spare, I rotate it in.
I find that tires go out of production quicker and quicker these days
and that leaves you with a mismatched spare tire.

also I don't trust a tire more than about 5 years old.
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Unread 08-27-2013, 06:19 PM   #21
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I rotate all five! Hate to let that spare go to waste.
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Unread 08-27-2013, 06:24 PM   #22
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Nope! Just snorkels & lockers! LOL!!!

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Unread 08-27-2013, 06:37 PM   #23
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Nope! Just snorkels & lockers! LOL!!!
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Unread 08-27-2013, 06:40 PM   #24
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I do. Got around 80,000 on MTR's will probably replace them soonish. Far from bald but not as off road worthy as new. Still plenty of tread for street. Spare is as worn as the others. Only way to go if you have a full size. 1/5 less wear. Get a year or more on your tires.
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Unread 08-27-2013, 07:21 PM   #25
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on any vehicle I have with a full size spare, I rotate it in.
I find that tires go out of production quicker and quicker these days
and that leaves you with a mismatched spare tire.

also I don't trust a tire more than about 5 years old.
I wish I would have thought of this when I went to my current tire size. I bought the old style MTRs from Tire Rack and they had to get the last tire they had in my size from their warehouse back east. I knew they had been discontinued, but never rotated the spare in. Soon I think I might have the last unused old style MTR around. Kind of sad.
I've always had a nice thick tire cover over it, so not much UV exposure, just wonder how long it will be reliable.
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I used to rotate in my spare, until one front tire got the weird wear pattern where every third tread is higher. Once this starts, it just keeps getting worse. That tire is now my spare, and I just keep rotating around the four that are still round.
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Unread 08-27-2013, 08:08 PM   #27
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I do because I might not buy the same size or brand tire next time

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Unread 08-27-2013, 08:14 PM   #28
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I do every other oil change (6,000 miles) Spare to RF; RF to LR; LR to LF; LF to RR; RR to Spare
Wear the inboard/outboard treads evenly, changes the rotation direction, as others said I'll buy matched set of five at replacement because I am not married to any particular brand and I may want to go up/down wider/taller next time; my Club requires same-size spare for trail events.
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Unread 08-27-2013, 09:05 PM   #29
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I used to rotate in my spare, until one front tire got the weird wear pattern where every third tread is higher. Once this starts, it just keeps getting worse. That tire is now my spare, and I just keep rotating around the four that are still round.
I've had this happen on a select few of the OEM rubicon MTRS, it's always 1 in 5 or so.


Does anyone know if flipping the tire on the rim (IE flip the tire from black out to white out or vice versa) will help this problem or is the tire basically destined for a burn out contest?


I prefer the 5 tire rotation if it's optional. If you don't run a spare or never change tire size the 4 tire works just fine.
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Unread 08-28-2013, 08:37 AM   #30
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I've had this happen on a select few of the OEM rubicon MTRS, it's always 1 in 5 or so.

Does anyone know if flipping the tire on the rim (IE flip the tire from black out to white out or vice versa) will help this problem or is the tire basically destined for a burn out contest?

I prefer the 5 tire rotation if it's optional. If you don't run a spare or never change tire size the 4 tire works just fine.
I have had a set of 35" and now my current tires are 37" old style MTRs, both sets did/do this. My solution is to move the tires on my driver side to the passenger side. Effectively doing the same as flipping the tire on the rim. The best defense for this is a better offense. So I try to rotate them around along with my full size spare, even though my spare stays in the garage. I bring it along for trail runs though.
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