Tyre rotation

Old 11-23-2005, 04:17 PM
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What's the general concensus re tyre rotation (rubber on asphalt)

Can you swop any tyre with any other?

Or should you only swop those on the same axle

or only those on the same side?
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Old 11-23-2005, 06:46 PM
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On a full-size 4wd vehicle, tires are swapped in an X. I do this on my XXXS, and it seems to work.
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Old 11-23-2005, 06:52 PM
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Sometimes if you don't rotate the tires, you won't get the full life span out of it. I race on carpet with rubber tires and the are more right turns and it cause the left tires wear out way faster than the right tires.
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it doesnt realy madder if you rotate them they will still wear down
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I found that sometimes the wear in the tires "wears in" to the track.

I found this out a couple weeks ago. Rotated tires before the main, and the car SUCKED. It was dialed in the last heat. Shouldn't have rotated the tires...

But, its OK to do it at the start of your day. Like put them on in a different pattern than last race day. Then by the second or so qualifier, they will have worn in again.
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Originally Posted by TC4_HALO2_Mark
it doesnt realy madder if you rotate them they will still wear down

Wow, really?
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Never rotate before the main it will likely change the car usually not in a good way
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Originally Posted by trf_racer
Sometimes if you don't rotate the tires, you won't get the full life span out of it. I race on carpet with rubber tires and the are more right turns and it cause the left tires wear out way faster than the right tires.

Right; you'll have one or two that wear funny.
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rotate your tires every run in a set pattern (e.g clockwise) and they will all wear evenly
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I have never been happy with rotating rubbers front to rear, everyime i have the car turns into a forklift. I only ever rotate left to right after every run.
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Originally Posted by RKeasler
Never rotate before the main it will likely change the car usually not in a good way
Could'nt have said it better.
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If your track has High Speed and Long sweepers before and after the straight line, rotate left to right vice versa. Better don't rotate forward to rear vice versa, it often change the car's driving characteristic.
Note : if you race on asphalt...
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I never rotate my tires. I mark them up with a sharpie as Front Left, Front Right, Rear Left, Rear Right and only run them on that specific axle.

I did find when switching tires around it does give a different feel especially as they get older. Another trick is to put a dot or small line every time you use them for a run so you can gauge the amount of runs and life of your tires or help with picking your best set for a final etc.
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Originally Posted by Besercoe
I have never been happy with rotating rubbers front to rear, everyime i have the car turns into a forklift. I only ever rotate left to right after every run.
probably explains my driving then
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I think that rotating your tyres is okay as long as you do it right from when they are new. There is no point in rotating them if you've stuck by them on the same section of the car for too long. I try and rotate every run but only left to right, never front to rear!! If I forget to rotate, I think that its better to just leave it at that for the remainder of their life, depending on how many runs they have been on that one axle, otherwise the "break in" period becomes long and you are running on cruddy, ill performing tyres for too long!
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