swapping tyres front to rear  
swapping tyres front to rear - andy76
I know quite a few people swap the tyres round when the fronts are wearing down compared to the rears.
I am sure though I have read you should have the newer tyres with more tread on the rear (assuming fwd).

Am I right?

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swapping tyres front to rear - AR-CoolC
I had a new tyre over the Christmas breack and specifically asked the question about which should have the most tread, front or rear. The shop manager said that the tyre manufacturers recomendation is to have the most tread on the rear as a front wheel slide is easier to control.

My personal opinion is that it is best to have even wear on all tyres, and try to rotate them, so that all 4 need replacing together.
swapping tyres front to rear - Navara Van man
I rotate my tyres every 2 months on the trooper and replace all four tyres together about every three years or so acording to wear.

Paul
swapping tyres front to rear - David Horn
I've always put the ones with most tread on the front, and moved the old fronts to the back when the backs wear out. Don't drive agressively enough to cause the back to slide out, and if it were to happen due to grease / oil, no amount of tread will solve the problem.
swapping tyres front to rear - Stuartli
I have always been given to understand that the rear wheels should have the tyres with the most thread depth.
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swapping tyres front to rear - David Horn
I was told that since the front wheels do the driving, steering, and most of the braking, they should have the most tread.
swapping tyres front to rear - henry k
I was told that since the front wheels do the driving, steering, and most of the braking, they should have the most tread.

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At least two of the top tyre makers say not.

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swapping tyres front to rear - mfarrow
I think the only way to settle this is to count votes one way or the other :-)

I put the new tyres on the back, then put them on the front when the fronts wear out. That way I'm only paying for two tyres at a time.

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swapping tyres front to rear - Roger Jones
All the authoritative sources I've seen -- tyre manufacturers, Micheldever, and other tyre fitters including Kwik-Fit -- are unequivocal: deepest tread (newest tyres) go on the back.
swapping tyres front to rear - Ruperts Trooper
Front and rear wheel drive cars should have the better tyres on the rear. Tyre manufacturers and safety organisations all endorse this principle.

4-wheel drive cars should have tyres regularly moved between front and rear to maintain even wear and a uniform rolling radius.
swapping tyres front to rear - mjm
Each tyre wears in to the corner of the car it is fitted. The front tyre has to wear into being steered as well as suspension movement. It has always seemed to me to be a detrimental step to swap tyres front to back. They then have to adapt, by wearing relatively quickly, to the new corner they are fitted to. It seems to make more sense to me to leave fully bedded in tyres on the back even though they will have less tread than new fronts.
swapping tyres front to rear - Andrew-T
"I put the new tyres on the back, then put them on the front when the fronts wear out. That way I'm only paying for two tyres at a time"

That seems the best scheme if you are persuaded by the tread-on-the-rear theory. One point to remember if you do a lowish mileage is that tyres should be rotated so none of them gets more than 5 years old. Personally I prefer tread on the front, as I don't drive in a way to risk rear breakaway. A more likely event is aquaplaning on a drenched motorway, with the need for quick braking. What use deep tread on the rear then?
swapping tyres front to rear - spikeyhead {p}
Personally I prefer tread on
the front, as I don't drive in a way to risk
rear breakaway. A more likely event is aquaplaning on a drenched
motorway, with the need for quick braking. What use deep tread
on the rear then?


More tread on the rear will stop the car from wanting to swap ends.

I still prefer to have more tread on the front of a front wheel drive car, but having driven a Caterham 7 for a year or so I'm very used to controlling rear wheel slides. Unless you're very used to driving a tail happy rear wheel drive car, stick teh most tread on the back.
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swapping tyres front to rear - Navara Van man
whilst I try and maintain a balance on the 4x4 I always keep most tread on the front of the mondeo. In reality my tyres always wear on at the front simply due to the fact that I corner at relative speed.

paul
swapping tyres front to rear - Peter D
This old chestnut. Do not rotate tyres, front to rear if you really want to but not sirde to side. Some tyres of course have a rotation requirement and are marked with an arrow, but all tyre develope a feathering pattern in the tread due to the direction of rotation and wear. It is easy to detect just buy rubbing your hand around the tyre, one direction is smoother that the other. If you swop it's rotation is presents a less efficient contact with the road until it has worn off the wear pattern so you eat more tyre for no good reason. Ok sometimes you move from to rear due to a tracking problem you may have now fixed but again not side to side. I know what the tyre people say about best to the rear but I prefer my front wheels to go where I point them. Tread depth verus traction is big subject but between 8 and 2 mils it is very difficult to judge the difference. New tyres are a bit slippery for 100 miles or so and tyres down at 2 mils in the dry are great so how do you balance that. Regards Peter

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