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Old 01-19-2014, 05:07 PM   #1
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Which 5 tire rotation is better?

I Rotate and balance all 5 of my tires with every oil change at 3,000 miles.
Yes I know, it might be a little over kill, but hey, it's free and seems to be working out great.
I am currently running Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs 31x10.50R15
I've had them 2 1/2 years and haven't even come close to using 50% of the tread.
This first pic is the rotation pattern I have been using, but I'm wondering if I have been doing this wrong? Maybe the second pic is better
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Old 01-19-2014, 05:16 PM   #2
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I too rotate at 3000 miles and have always used the first diagram rotation and see no reason to change. In the grand scheme of things it might not matter as long as they are getting rotated before any strange wear patters start.

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I too rotate at 3000 miles and have always used the first diagram rotation and see no reason to change. In the grand scheme of things it might not matter as long as they are getting rotated before any strange wear patters start.
I'm just curious if there could potentially be any negative affects by switching patterns?
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Those two patterns are effectively the exact same, just one is backwards of the other.

I have used the first pattern since the dawn of time (I'm really old).
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As everyone else has stated, the patterns are relatively similar. What is important is that each tire gets a turn on the front, and a turn on the rear before it is used as a front again.
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:10 PM   #6
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I just go in a circle for a 5 tire. This is the same way discount tire does them too
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I just go in a circle for a 5 tire. This is the same way discount tire does them too
I will use this. Makes since and is a lot easier to keep in order. Thanks NC Bear.
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I use the first pattern ever 4000 miles
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I will use this. Makes since and is a lot easier to keep in order. Thanks NC Bear.
no prob... glad to help.

I go LF to LR, LR to spare, spare to RR, RR to RF, RF to LF. Like I said big circle
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Per Tire Rack

On rear-wheel or four-wheel drive cars with full-size matching spare, rotate the tires in a rearward cross pattern (Figure G)

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no prob... glad to help.

I go LF to LR, LR to spare, spare to RR, RR to RF, RF to LF. Like I said big circle
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