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Unread 09-15-2008, 08:21 AM   #1
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5-Tire Rotation

I'm up for my second tire rotation. The first rotation I asked the dealer to do a five tire rotation and rotate the spare in and they looked at me like I had five heads. Of course they did it anyway. I figure by the time the tires are warn out I'm going to by 5 new ones, bigger, more aggressive you know the deal. I didn't want to get stuck with a brand new spare different from what I buy. Is anyone else doing this? Are there any reasons it would be bad?

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Unread 09-15-2008, 08:23 AM   #2
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Coming from being a tire tech for a bit a while back, I can tell you that the 5 tire rotation is just fine. You do need to make shure you do it EVERY time you rotate though. Keeps the pattern concistent.
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Unread 09-15-2008, 08:30 AM   #3
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I am not doing it, but I upgraded tires after 3K miles...but there is not a reason that I am aware of to not do it...
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Unread 09-15-2008, 08:59 AM   #4
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I have no plans to replace my stock tires until they're kaput. I'm doing 5-tire rotation, so it should give me any extra year of wear on them. Then I'm going to buy four new tires instead of five and keep one of the worn ones as a spare, saving the cost of a fifth replacement.
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Unread 09-15-2008, 09:43 AM   #5
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I do all 5... Not sure when the time comes if I will go bigger or different tire or just get the same size/tire so figure I might as well rotate all 5 and give my self a little longer life.
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Unread 09-15-2008, 10:33 AM   #6
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I'm doing all 5 as I want to replace with more aggressive tires and have had no problems.
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Unread 09-15-2008, 11:14 AM   #7
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I'm doing all five, for the reasons already mentioned. When they are all worn out, I'm getting 5 of the BFG KM-2 tires. Where's the best deal for them?
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Unread 09-15-2008, 11:35 AM   #8
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www.tirepackage.com was the cheapest I found when I purchased. Wheels, tires, balanced and delivered on time. I have no complaints.
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Unread 09-15-2008, 01:43 PM   #9
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Might as well join the party. I'm doing a 5 tire rotation as well. Every 3000 miles. In Arizona the sun/heat does as much damage as driving on them so I thought I might as well get use out of the spare. As others have stated when the time comes I'll be buying 5 instead of four new ones.
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Unread 09-15-2008, 01:48 PM   #10
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I think it's more important to rotate all 5 tires when you have a really deep tread, like the Wrangler GS-A's, BFG AT's, etc.

When I got my TJ, the stock GS-A's were pretty worn down compared to the spare. The stock tread was so deep compared to more highway type tires, that even worn down that much, they were still fine for driving.

If I had to use the spare, it would be like having a different size tire on the Jeep. I'm not sure how much difference that little bit would make, but I wouldn't want to put it in 4HI with it like that.

Now I have General Grabber AT2's and am planning to rotate all 5.
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Unread 09-16-2008, 09:50 AM   #11
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Ha ha... My dealer sort of looked at me the same way the other day. He indicated something along the lines of "You want to rotate all 5 - That's sort of an odd request?" I guess they don't do many 5 wheel rotations.
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4 only for me. I like the idea of a nice tire on the back instead of a 20,000+ worn out eyesore. If I used a cover, I would do a 5 tire rotation.

Ummmm...Anyone want to buy a Mickey Thompson Baja Claw 35" tire on 16" rim? Has less than 100 mile son it. lol
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Unread 09-16-2008, 03:27 PM   #13
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I've been doing a 5 wheel rotation... I think it's the best bet for all of us having a 5th normal wheel. If you paid for that extra wheel you're lugging around, you might as well use it!!

Be sure to always rotate them the same way...

I use this chart:
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I've been doing a 5 wheel rotation... I think it's the best bet for all of us having a 5th normal wheel. If you paid for that extra wheel you're lugging around, you might as well use it!!

Be sure to always rotate them the same way...

I use this chart:
Yeah, I told the idiots at the tire shop to rotate that way. Then when I was pumping gas later that weekend, I just happened to notice that the spare had gotten move to the left rear, and the left front was move to the spare SO now I have no real knowledge of what actually ended up where But all is not loss, I just know that from here on, I have to rotate the following in order to make sure all tires get equal road time.

Spare to LR
LR to Rf
RF to RR
RR to LF
LF to Spare
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Unread 09-16-2008, 04:55 PM   #15
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I took mine in not long ago for a rotation...when they said it was ready I noticed they hadn't touched the spare and I made them rotate it into the line-up...then, as they were doing that, I noticed that for some reason they hadn't balanced two of the tires (I paid for all of them)...so I stood there and made them run every one of them again in front of me...one of them was pointed out as being wayyy out of balance - they balanced it but said that one was kind of screwed up somehow and they recommended that I leave that one on as my spare from now on... Which is the only reason I guess I wouldn't keep a five tire rotation going. Last 4 sets I have always rotated all 5 and they seem to last a lot longer that way - BFG AT's by the way (over a 17 yr period in two Jeeps).
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