I just received a reply to my email to Goodyear corporate............
"Thank you for contacting our web site and for thinking of Goodyear for your
Tires that are produced with an Asymmetrical tread design are manufactured
specifically to improve handling and reduce noise, The tire can rotate in
either direction but to obtain the benefits of the asymmetrical design the
tire must be mounted with a specific side facing out. The outboard side of
the tire will be stamped "mount this side out".
If an asymmetrical tire is inadvertently mounted with the wrong side facing
out, it will cause no damage to the tire and should simply be remounted
with the proper side out so that all of the benefits of the asymmetrical
tread design will be realized.
All season tires should be rotated in a "modified X" pattern, meaning only
the tires being moved to the drive axle are crossed to the opposite side of
the vehicle. The remaining two tires are moved from the drive axle to the
free rolling axle, remaining on the same side of the vehicle. If you have a
four wheel drive vehicle, we recommend crossing both pairs of tires to
their new axle positions. These methods of rotation help promote a more
even and uniform treadwear pattern for all four tires.
The only exception to this would be the use of "directional" tread design
tires such as our Assurance TripleTred or some of our Eagle line high
performance tires. These tires would remain on the same side of the
vehicle and be rotated straight forward and straight back. If the spare
tire is being rotated in, it should be installed on the passenger side rear
wheel position, with the tire that would have gone to that location
becoming the spare.[THIS IS THE EXACT ROTATION POSTED IN EARLIER 5 TIRE ROTATION DIAGRAM ...post #2]
We recommend tire rotation at least every 6,000 miles. Four wheel drive
vehicles may require rotation even sooner such as every 4,000 miles.
Thank you for the inquiry through our web site.
Jennifer - Consumer Relations"
Subject: Contact Us request from Tires | Goodyear Tires
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MY ORIGINAL EMAIL TO GOODYEAR
"I currently drive a Jeep Wrangler and use a 5 tire(with spare) tire
rotation. I am looking at the 255/75/R17 Wrangler M/T R with Kevlar. Two
questions. What special mounting factors need to be observed for the
asymmetrical tread. For example, does the wide(or small)tread pattern
always go to the inside(or outside)of the rim? Second, are there going to
be issues with this tire in a 5 tire rotation due to any special handling
of the asymmetrical tread? Thanks."