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Old 06-13-2011, 04:39 PM
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Ok clear something up for me. I know allot of guys label their tires RF, LF RR, LR. are you doing this so that you can rotate them so they wear evenly or so you always put the same tire in the same place? I would assume its better to rotate them so they wear evenly, but I have never labeled my tires before. I just grab a set and bolt them on and when I start to see wear they become practice tires.
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Ok clear something up for me. I know allot of guys label their tires RF, LF RR, LR. are you doing this so that you can rotate them so they wear evenly or so you always put the same tire in the same place? I would assume its better to rotate them so they wear evenly, but I have never labeled my tires before. I just grab a set and bolt them on and when I start to see wear they become practice tires.
Man now I have to rotate the tires, I gotta get a guy for that.

The only tires that I know of that are directional are the proline caliber tread. So there is a tire that belongs on the right side and a tire that belongs on the left side. For practice I do like you and just bolt a set on. For quals or mains if I use a used set then I usually put the better tread up front and let it roll.
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Ok clear something up for me. I know allot of guys label their tires RF, LF RR, LR. are you doing this so that you can rotate them so they wear evenly or so you always put the same tire in the same place? I would assume its better to rotate them so they wear evenly, but I have never labeled my tires before. I just grab a set and bolt them on and when I start to see wear they become practice tires.

I Label my tires like you said RF LF RR LR to see how much wear i get and like you said i like to rotate them to get better wear out of them. I all so date them so i know how old the tires are and if in 6 months to a year i run them only 1 are 2 times i put them up for sale and buy more of the tires i am using a lot more.

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Man now I have to rotate the tires, I gotta get a guy for that.

The only tires that I know of that are directional are the proline caliber tread. So there is a tire that belongs on the right side and a tire that belongs on the left side. For practice I do like you and just bolt a set on. For quals or mains if I use a used set then I usually put the better tread up front and let it roll.
your too funny...I thought you already had a guy for that..I'm not talking about directional tires. I see people with non directional tires labeled and I was wondering if they do it so they can rotate them or so they always put the same tire in the same spot.
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I label em for wear purposes, And to know IF you need that Sharp edge its only a quick swaparoo to achieve that little bit extra for those few minutes at the start of a race.
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Jaz,

I would say the reason for labeling the tires is for both reasons depending on the driver. I will usually rotate for better wear as well, though I have talked to guys that only run the tires in one direction and claim that they get better or more consistant traction/feel. Sounds like a preference thing to me. The date put on the tire is a pretty good idea. Don't do so myself, but I can understand the thought behind it. Have seen people draw a arrow to indicate the direction of rotation instead of going with, LR,RR,LF,RF.

What I will also do it mark the tire compound and insert type on the wheel. I know with the new cool tire bags that come OEM or the Dialed ones people don't have to do that as much, if at all, but I still do it in the event I don't have the bags or correct bags. Again more of a prteference thing to me. What ever you do, just keep labeling the tires the same way and you should be good to go.
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I mark mine. It was explained to me like this. Label them and always put them abck in the same place until they are wore out! The car will always handle the same with that set of tires. IE if a RF is out of balance, but the rest aren't you can/will learn how the car handles each time out, and it won't have a chance to change if you put tires any where.

Also I had rotation explained like this. Yes it will allow tires to last longer, but if the tire has worn enough in one direction when you mount it to the other side it can and will wear faster until it levels off, but until it levels off the handling changes every lap..

So with those 2 pieces of advice I mark tires RF LF RR LR, and never ever put them in any other location then the one they are marked for until they are wore out and then they go to RC Tech forsale thread or trash..
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