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Unread 05-01-2015, 08:12 AM   #1
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problems with 2 new tires?

Well these West Virginia roads claimed another tire. A pot hole got the sidewall on one of my front tires, and Im thinking about only replacing the 2 fronts. I wanted to get some input before I do. Has anyone with the qd2 had any problems with only replacing 2 because of the slight diameter difference between the new tires and the ones I would leave on the rear with half tread. Ive seen issues with this in vehicle with automatic 4x4 causing popping and binding in the t case. I wasnt sure if it would cause premature wear in the clutches or cause the electronics to freak out. Any input here is appreciated.

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Unread 05-01-2015, 08:40 AM   #2
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The rule of thumb on 4x4 or awd vehicles is the tread difference cant be more than 4 32nds in tread depth.
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Unread 05-01-2015, 09:35 AM   #3
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Many on here just don't care if there's a difference, and they haven't had any problems yet, but time will tell. FWIW, Goodyear has a maximum tread difference policy for AWD vehicles, and will not mount a single new tire if it is too far out of match.

When I lost one tire and has less than 15k miles on the rest (and had rotated religiously), I got a replacement from Tire Rack and had them shave the new tire down to match, for $25 extra. Take a tread depth gauge and measure every tire. If you have even tire wear you can tell Tire Rack the depth and they'll know the new tire depth and will reduce it to match.



If you don't have even tread wear, don't even bother.
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Unread 05-01-2015, 01:15 PM   #4
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I appreciate it guys. I never just do 2 but they are in too good of shape to throw em all out
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Unread 05-04-2015, 07:26 PM   #5
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I replace 2 tires about a year and a half ago. Right or wrong I put one new one on the right front and the other new one left rear. Rotate as usual don't notice any ill effect yet.
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Unread 05-04-2015, 08:47 PM   #6
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just keep the same wear on the same axel
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