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Old 06-17-2013, 12:03 PM   #1
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rotate spare?

I've recently caught up financially and was able to buy the spare for my jeep. They are 33" duratracs. The 4 that are on have about 12,000 miles on them. Should I rotate this new things tire in or is 12,000 miles too many to rotate it in with? The tire guy said he wouldn't. I figured I'd ask fellow jeepers. Just a lot of interstate driving mainly. Thanks y'all.

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Old 06-17-2013, 12:12 PM   #3
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Any reason in particular? I know had I had all 5 originally I would have. But most people are telling me not to, but aren't really giving a reason.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:18 PM   #4
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Your tires will all wear unevenly. Even if you had all five originally. If you had six tires/wheels go for it.

If you have LSD its not agood idea. Probably not aproblem with clutch type but vlsd would be ruined from uneven wheels/tires.
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yeah i would... it's going to save your tread life in the long run... a 5-tire rotation is the way to go. it prolongs the life of all your tires... and a tire just sitting on the tailgate isn't doing anyone any favors... especially with the sun just beating on it.

keep in mind - that if you have aggressive tread, it's better to rotate your tires more frequently. that will also help them last a bit longer!

get yourself a decent jack and in an hour, right there in the driveway - you're done...

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i feel like you are always going to have a tire more worn than the other. But better to rotate it then leave it on the back to dry rot.
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i feel like you are always going to have a tire more worn than the other. But better to rotate it then leave it on the back to dry rot.
eventually they'll all wear evenly. might take a rotation or two...
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:51 PM   #8
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I'd also include it in the rotation.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:48 PM   #9
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My tire guy intentionally lined up the the lettering on my spare. At the time, I thought it was very thoughtful and was impressed with his attentiveness.

Now, however, I have to choose between putting my nice upright lettered one into rotation, or let it get all crusty on the carrier.

Darn you tire guy! Your attention to detail is just going to leave me disappointed after you rotate them the first time
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:52 PM   #10
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I have rotated all 5 of mine on my TJ and am on my 4th set of tires.....granted one set is "like new" since I got them in Oct and the set they replaced was only a year old....I usually get about 50K miles out of a set of ATs......I rotate every time oil gets changed.
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Measure the tread thickness on the other 4 and find out how much is gone. If less then a few mm of rubber are missing I'd probably go for it. If it's like 5+ mm, maybe not.

Just my opinion, I have no scientific-ness to base this on.
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Rotate and put your new tire on the right rear, ASAP! That position gets the most wear being the main drive wheel. You could let it ride there a while and just rotate the other 4 but I'd burn some rubber every chance I got until they all have the same tread depth. Then you're good to go with your 5-tire rotation. Easy and fun!
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yeah i would... it's going to save your tread life in the long run... a 5-tire rotation is the way to go. it prolongs the life of all your tires... and a tire just sitting on the tailgate isn't doing anyone any favors... especially with the sun just beating on it.

keep in mind - that if you have aggressive tread, it's better to rotate your tires more frequently. that will also help them last a bit longer!

get yourself a decent jack and in an hour, right there in the driveway - you're done...

^ that is the way to go for sure. I do a five tire rotation about every 10,000 miles to keep 'em wearing evenly. And it gives each tire a chance to run at each position to even out the wear on 'em. Personally, I use a torque wrench to brake the lugs loose on the ground, then put it on jack stands and w/the impact gun we do a 5 tire rotation within about 10 minutes if I have 1 other friend helping. I also clean my brakes and the back/inside of the rims really good while off the Jeep.
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Old 06-18-2013, 01:35 PM   #14
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And the obvious advantage of including the spare in the rotation other than 20% more mileage out of a set of tires is that in the event that you need to use your spare, it will be the same diameter as the others - no disparate axle rotation speeds.
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I rotate all 5 on mine every time I change the oil.

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