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Old 10-28-2010, 06:54 PM   #1
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Rotate in the Spare???

So I was just "forced" into buying some new Duratracs (wasn't in the budget but anxious to see them on). My question is in past I have rotated the spare in so all 5 tires are used and maintain even tread. Some one said today that was not good. Could some one settle this dispute? Thanks

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Old 10-28-2010, 07:32 PM   #2
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I have rotated in my spare in every vehicle I had that had a full size spare. Never had a problem. Never wasted any time arguing with my dealer, who insisted I shouldn't do that. Couldn't find any valid reason not to rotate all 5.

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Old 10-28-2010, 07:32 PM   #3
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I have 31 dura tracs but kept my 30 that came on the spare since for some reason the dealer put a brand new spare on the back.
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Old 10-28-2010, 07:35 PM   #4
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never heard of rotating in the spare... it makes sense to, but I've never thought of doing it
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Old 10-28-2010, 07:38 PM   #5
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I don't know maybe I'm strange but I always have bought 5 tires and used all 5. I have never had a problem but thought maybe I was just lucky in the past. I even buy the replacement plan on all five
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Old 10-28-2010, 07:45 PM   #6
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Hope my 30 gets me home...
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Old 10-28-2010, 07:49 PM   #7
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I've always believed rotating all 5 stretches out the mileage just a bit further. And, if you have a flat, the spare will be uniform with the others. Put 20K on your tires, then put your spare up against them.
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Hope my 30 gets me home...
Hope your 30 touches the ground.
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Old 11-02-2010, 09:52 AM   #9
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I have 20k on my 33 ProComp Mts now and they are about half tread and didnt rotate my spare in. I regret not rotating it in because now like dusty said if i have to use it its going to be mismatched and also I was considering getting a different brand of tire next time but what to do with my brand new Mt hanging on my back door... sell it for half price even though its brand new? ill pass lol so now im kinda forcing myself to just get four new MTs and rotate spare in and then get five new next time.
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Old 11-02-2010, 09:58 AM   #10
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I've always rotated in the spare, you pay forit--useit, but

I'm old school (trained by Goodyear), I still don't cross rotate radials

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I would rotate it for sure unless your poor like me, I bought 4 tires and a $20 tire cover to hide my old BFG All terrain spare that is slightly different from my Mud terrain KM2s. It'll get me home if I need it though. At least its the same size.
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At first I tried to rotate my spare in, same thinking, keep the wear about the same. I bought it, use it.

Last time though, I didn't rotate it in, I left it brand new. Just got lazy.
so i was left with a brand new tire.

At this point, what is a spare tire for? Well, It's a spare, a temporary backup.

So, the third time, I bought 3 new tires the same as the spare and used the spare as the fourth new one. I simply used one of the used ones as a spare, what I should have done.

It was good because I only had to purchase three instead of four.
It was bad because I was stuck with using that same style of tire...again, which was pretty darn expensive, and now I had a tire made at a different time which could mean different location, different materials, whatever. It was older so it could wear differently or fail prematurely.

The last time, I bought cheaper AT tires and use one of the older mud tires as a spare. It doesn't match, but I no longer care. Keeping it all the same was time and money consuming. I'm now doing it the correct way, I use a worn,cheap tire as my spare and focus on getting the most from the tires I actually use everyday.
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At first I tried to rotate my spare in, same thinking, keep the wear about the same. I bought it, use it.

Last time though, I didn't rotate it in, I left it brand new. Just got lazy.
so i was left with a brand new tire.

At this point, what is a spare tire for? Well, It's a spare, a temporary backup.

So, the third time, I bought 3 new tires the same as the spare and used the spare as the fourth new one. I simply used one of the used ones as a spare, what I should have done.

It was good because I only had to purchase three instead of four.
It was bad because I was stuck with using that same style of tire...again, which was pretty darn expensive, and now I had a tire made at a different time which could mean different location, different materials, whatever. It was older so it could wear differently or fail prematurely.

The last time, I bought cheaper AT tires and use one of the older mud tires as a spare. It doesn't match, but I no longer care. Keeping it all the same was time and money consuming. I'm now doing it the correct way, I use a worn,cheap tire as my spare and focus on getting the most from the tires I actually use everyday.

Well said.
I rarely have a matching spare, and always prefer a same-size spare on a 4x4.
The P.O. of my Jeep kept the original spare on the tailgate when they bought 31x1050's & Ultra rims.
So, I figured, if I needed to buy tires anyway, I might as well throw down the extra $$$ and have all 5 matching wheels and tires, at least for a couple of years, lol!
I'm pretty sure that my next tire purchase will find my "best old tire" moved to the back bumper, matching or not.

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