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Old 05-14-2010, 10:31 AM   #1
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Help settle an arguement!

I know its stupid but please help settle this debate.


What wears faster on a Wrangler. The front tires or rear.

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Old 05-14-2010, 10:34 AM   #2
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Depends, Can your Little Jeep do burnouts?

Personally I rotate mine so they all wear out at the same time

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Old 05-14-2010, 10:42 AM   #3
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Well in that case let me rephrase the question....

If you picked up 4 used tires (2 with 85% tread and 2 with 70% tread.) Where would you mount each in hopes to get them to wear even.
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Not that I am an expert on it, but i've recently pick up some used tires and run into the same problem. So I asked around and ended up putting the less thread on the back.
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:48 AM   #5
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My Wrangler wears the front way faster if I don't rotate.. I'd put the better ones on the front for sure.
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depends on your driving, are you more likely to take off fast on a straightaway or on corners?

If your doing more highway/straight forward driving then your rears will wear faster from the torque.

If your doing a lot of fast turning or if your front end allignment is not the best, then your fronts will wear faster.

I would run 'em for 15-20,000 miles then rotate 'em anyways.
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:48 AM   #7
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Ive always been told that worst go in rear.
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Old 05-14-2010, 11:04 AM   #8
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yup in that case put tires w/ more wear in rear...but wait, you just got tires.... Come on man its Friday, I have to screw w/ somebody.

city driving - fronts wear faster on most cars.

However sports cars are different. - so if its a jeep specific question I'd say fronts wear faster.

My Lotus goes through rear 2x as fast as front. but its mid engine rwd racecar.
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Come on man its Friday, I have to screw w/ somebody.

My Lotus goes through rear 2x as fast as front. but its mid engine rwd racecar.
Elise=RACECAR?????
LOL ......while a nice SPORTS car it is not a RACE car at least not in my book
If it can be driven on the street (legally) its a SPORTS car
Track only = RACE car.....
Come on man its Friday, I have to screw w/ somebody.......

Anyway I'm going with put the better 2 on the front........
Yet my jeep will do burnouts on mud terrains.....
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another basic reason I just remembered is this;

What would you rather deal with on the road? a blow out in the front or back? A blow out in the back is much easier to control therefore, put the new ones on the front.

...that is what my Dad always said.
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:10 PM   #11
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Interesting question.

No idea about on-road; I'm thinking going crawling. From the rigs I've seen trying to climb ledges I would say the front burns off faster. Smoking tires and turning back and forth certainly would burn the front more than rear.
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:20 PM   #12
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another basic reason I just remembered is this;

What would you rather deal with on the road? a blow out in the front or back? A blow out in the back is much easier to control therefore, put the new ones on the front.

...that is what my Dad always said.
Agreed...

A blowout on the road (especially at high speeds) can be a disaster in the front, because you lose some/most control. I've had both and I once drove a 98 Cherokee 3+ miles on the interstate to a gas station with a blowout northbound at the I-24/I-75 split in Chattanooga.. At the exact same spot, except heading southbound this time I had a blowout at 1am on Halloween and made it to the Georgia welcome center with a rear blowout 4 years later in my wife's '05 Grand Cherokee..

On the flip side.. I once had a front blowout at low speeds in a Volvo and it was disastrous.. crushed my fender, busted my fender-well.. barely got it stopped. Again.. BAD TIRES IN REAR!!!
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I am guessing the front tires wear faster due turning the jeep????
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:56 PM   #14
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Front will wear faster
but you want the better tires up front for
better handling
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A blowout on the road (especially at high speeds) can be a disaster in the front, because you lose some/most control.
High speeds??? We're talking Jeeps here!

You have to pick where you want better traction.
Traction for acceleration is the rear tires.
Traction for turning & stopping is the front tires.
If you're offroading/climbing, fronts take more abuse pulling the Jeep than the rears do pushing it.

Realistically, the tires you mention have enough tread and are close enough in wear that it probably won't make any difference for street driving.

To answer your question regarding how to even them out; put the ones with more tread in front & the ones with less in the rear (unless you do a lot of burnouts).

And that's abuot it.
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I put brand new 31s on my YJ last summer and rotated them this Jan. I could see significant wear on the fronts, but my rears look new.
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High speeds??? We're talking Jeeps here!

You have to pick where you want better traction.
Traction for acceleration is the rear tires.
Traction for turning & stopping is the front tires.
If you're offroading/climbing, fronts take more abuse pulling the Jeep than the rears do pushing it.

Realistically, the tires you mention have enough tread and are close enough in wear that it probably won't make any difference for street driving.

To answer your question regarding how to even them out; put the ones with more tread in front & the ones with less in the rear (unless you do a lot of burnouts).

And that's abuot it.
My TJ will do 85-90 with ease... that's pretty high speeds.. and in a Wrangler I'd say 75 is high speeds and you have to do that on the interstate not to get run over...

Also, my comment examples that I gave were a 98 Cherokee Sport and a 05 Grand Cherokee with a 5.7 Hemi.. so yeah... we're talking Jeeps here, and the GC will do 120 like a corvette.

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