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Unread 06-14-2013, 06:10 AM   #1
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Tire Rotation/JKUR

I'm going to rotate the tires this weekend. My spare has never been used and im wondering if its too late to rotate in. I have 11,3XX miles on my jeep.

Can i insert the spare into the rotation without any issues. I plan in switching to a different tire (duratracs) when i have to get a new set and would like to use the spare.

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Unread 06-14-2013, 06:24 AM   #2
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I think your tires are too far used for you to put one new tire on. Kind like when you have a flat on one and the rest of the tires are at half life, might as well put 4 new corners on instead of just one.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 06:38 AM   #3
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Mileage is one thing tread wear is another. Alrhough the above poster is probably right, measuring the tread is the only way to find out. Measure and report back...
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Unread 06-14-2013, 06:41 AM   #4
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OK will do, thanks for the advise!
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Unread 06-14-2013, 07:27 AM   #5
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I would say as long as you're within 3/32" you'd be fine to recoup your tire mileage. That said, the way the system on the jk is designed as far as ESP and ABS is concerned, it won't notice a difference - the sensitivity is too low.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 08:51 AM   #6
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As long as your tires are not over worn for some reason I probably would throw the spare in and just skip its turn to be the spare in the rotation. By the time you get through all them it will start evening out.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 09:39 AM   #7
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Throw it on and go do some burn outs to even things out.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 10:33 AM   #8
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Throw it on and go do some burn outs to even things out.
This idea i like. Ill check the tread depths vs the unused tire.

Would the front or back be better to put the unused tire on?
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Unread 06-14-2013, 10:52 AM   #9
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I seem to wear the front passenger down fastest, I would try there on mine.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 12:45 PM   #10
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I have always rotated in my spare every 5-7k miles. It has saved me a lot of tread life. I've had 2 jeeps and 2 broncos ( the only vehicles with full size spares) and it is a tread saver. 11k is not too late to start.

The right front wear is due to the fact that we make more left turns and u turns than right turns. That puts stress on the right front tires. I drove patrol cars for 30 years....first tire to wear out.

Australia and GB have the opposite wear.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 01:19 PM   #11
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Where do you think the best location to move it to would be?
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Unread 06-14-2013, 01:57 PM   #12
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Typically you'd do a rearward cross, 5-wheel rotation, 4wd vehicles:

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete....jsp?techid=43

Tire wear is highly dependent on how you drive your vehicle. Long commutes and DD do wear on passenger front. However, heavy foot and rear wheel drive also wear on back tires. Offroad performance throws other factors into the mix. My woman is hard on sidewalls and potholes... lots to consider.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 01:58 PM   #13
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Where do you think the best location to move it to would be?
Front tires wear faster. I go spare to right front, right front to right rear, right rear to left front left front to left rear and left rear to spare. That way the tire that gets the least wear in the last several thousand miles (the spare) gets rotated to the highest wear position.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 02:01 PM   #14
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Regardless of your pattern.... Keep it consistent through the life of each set of tires, so you don't end up with one oddly bald tire and one with great tread....with the other three normal.
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Unread 06-14-2013, 07:58 PM   #15
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You're fine. My buddy rotates every 10k so with that in mind, you're not too far off. I do a 5 tire rotation as well. Good for the wallet, tire longevity, and the environment.
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