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Old 11-08-2013, 06:37 AM   #1
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Tire Rotation

I've got Nitto Terra Grapplers on a 2013 2-door JK specifically but would enjoy any advice as someone relatively new to Jeep Wranglers.

My simple question is how often are you rotating your tires?

But, I would imagine there are other variables such as what type of tire, what type of driving you do, etc...

I've got A/T's obviously and most of my driving unfortunately has been on pavement recently.

This would be my first rotation and I plan on rotating the spare through. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-08-2013, 07:44 AM   #2
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Most people with mts go 3k... ats u can probably do 6k... assuming your doing oil change every 3.

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Old 11-08-2013, 09:15 AM   #3
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That's the reason I ask. I'm about at 3K right now so I was thinking it was about time.
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Old 11-08-2013, 09:33 AM   #4
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Stock BFG MTs here. I do a 5 tire rotation every oil change or 6 months, whichever comes first. I only put about 6000 miles a year on my JK so I usually end up doing it more out of "guilt" than necessity.
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Old 11-08-2013, 09:41 AM   #5
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I got in the "habit" of rotating every oil change, when I bought my TJ back in '04... generally got 50K out of a set of tires by doing that. (BFG A/Ts) I have since switched to Duratracs on the TJ, but it is still getting same treatment rotate with tire change.

Actually found a local "tire store" that will "sell" road hazard and balance/ rotation warranty for $15. (per wheel) For the peace of mind it gives me and the ease of getting this done (now my wife can rotate and balance) I have it on all 4 vehicles.

Eventually all my Jeeps will have Duratracs.
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:56 PM   #6
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I got in the "habit" of rotating every oil change, when I bought my TJ back in '04... generally got 50K out of a set of tires by doing that. (BFG A/Ts) I have since switched to Duratracs on the TJ, but it is still getting same treatment rotate with tire change.

Actually found a local "tire store" that will "sell" road hazard and balance/ rotation warranty for $15. (per wheel) For the peace of mind it gives me and the ease of getting this done (now my wife can rotate and balance) I have it on all 4 vehicles.

Eventually all my Jeeps will have Duratracs.
I've got a 05 Rubi with Mud Claws. Rapidly going deaf. Any speed over 45 MPH and I have to put ear plugs in.

How do you like your Duratracs and how is the noise at highway speeds?
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:32 PM   #7
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I've got a 05 Rubi with Mud Claws. Rapidly going deaf. Any speed over 45 MPH and I have to put ear plugs in.

How do you like your Duratracs and how is the noise at highway speeds?
Sorry almost missed this....To properly answer this question I feel it is important to give a little background.

My '04 Tj still had the OEM tires on it when I purchased it, in Nov of '04.
However in my opinion they had never been rotated and showed signs of uneven wear. My solution was to purchase BFG A/Ts as they were considered to be the "best" tires at that time for the money that I could afford. I was very satisfied with the BFGs, so much so that I replaced them twice after about 50K -60K miles of use and 5 tire rotation. I did have one replaced under the road hazard warranty during that time.

In the mean time I had heard so much good about the Duratracs that I tried them when I went to 33's and new wheels at the same time. The difference was HUGE. No more slipping at the lights when it had first started raining, and with the wider tire I also no longer had the jolts at the edge of the pot holes. In the snow they are great however wheel speed is sometimes needed to get them to clean out in heavy mud or snow. The noise is minimal in my opinion, and I do frequently run top down or off. Actually my exhaust and radio are louder than the tires. I do run a flow master exhaust on the TJ.

Unless I run into a "wear issue" or tire life problem, I intend to have Duratracs installed on the JK and JKU when they need tires in the future.

I was replacing tires about every 24-30 months but with more vehicles that no longer happens, but my tire shop knows me by name when I stop in now. I get my moneys worth out of the "free rotation and balancing". I have added the "free rotation and balancing" to all my vehicles tires.
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5 tire rotation, every 3,000 miles. every time i change my oil... i rotate the tires. and i don't do 5k oil changes... some say its overkill - but my tires and engine will thank me years from now.

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Old 11-14-2013, 09:07 PM   #9
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JP2611 - Thanks for that information. I bought my TJ in June - 1st Wrangler after a 1986 Comanche about 18 years ago. Anyhow, going to need some new rubber soon and asking around.

I do most of my driving on pavement, but feel the guilt build until I take it off road. Mustly mud and sand around here, but I'm four hours from Uwharrie and the Washington/Jefferson Nat'l Forrest.

Anyhow, thanks for your input.
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:10 PM   #10
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By the way, I predict deep snow this winter for y'all up there! I'm from about 200 miles north of you.
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:20 AM   #11
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I do 5k mile rotations and always work the spare in the rotation. Extends your tire replacement interval a bit and it's better than letting it dry rot on the back of the jeep IMO!
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I rotate mine every 4000 miles. Also someone asked about duratracs. I just got new 33's and couldn't be happier with them. Living in Colorado they had to perform well in snow on the highways while also being able to take me off road. I can't think of a better all around tire than the duratrac. My personal opinion is that they are actually really quiet on the road too.

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