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darron 11-29-2012 11:50 AM

Excessive uneven tire wear on stock 2008 & 2012 Rubicon tires
I've had this issue before on my 2008 Wranger, and now again on the 2012. (the 2008 was totalled when an Explorer crashed into me on the highway)

Here's what my front tires look like after a single hunting season. I've got at most 100 miles on dirt roads with lots of rough spots and several rocky sections. I've got just over 20k miles total. I'm -fairly- sure there was no abnormal wear before hunting season started a bit over 2 months ago.

The front tires have this severely uneven wear going on. The rear tires are wearing evenly, and they're not bad at all.

Back with the 2008 model, my favourite mechanic said my shocks were letting the front tires bounce too much. I was skeptical, but the replacement job cost barely over $300 for some adjustable shocks so I let him do it. To my surprise, it worked great and rode a lot better. At least one hunting season after the change left no odd wear on the front tires at all.

I thought the 2012 shocks looked different than the 2008s. I guess not in any way that counts as far as this problem is concerned.

I'm driving pretty rough on these roads... a bit too fast, but I only thought "crap, that was too hard" once or twice. :) Maybe I need to recalibrate my sense of what's good dirt&rock driving. The only problem is I'm too often running late getting to my stand before the sun starts to come up and so I'm pushing it a bit. I'm not sure that's going to change. :)

Any advice? I'm tempted to get the shocks changed out again. Unfortunately, my old mechanic has retired and he's no longer reachable... so I'm going to have to dig to find any trace of what specific shocks we'd picked out on my 2008. Has anyone had this problem and fixed it with better shocks? Which shocks?

darron 11-29-2012 01:07 PM

Oh yeah... I forgot to mention. I rotated at 7k and about 13k. I'm rotating again in about a week.

sslopok 11-29-2012 07:44 PM

That's what happened to my bfg mud terrains. I now run gy duratracs because of the severe chopping.

La Bestia 07-29-2015 05:02 PM

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Wow! When I first saw this picture I thought it was one of my tires!

I had just the same issue. Went off-roading to Stoney lonesome here in Cullman, nothing extremely wild, just a couple "oh shit" moments (one of them involves rear passenger side shock busted :( )

It all started with some noise when getting to 60 MPH and rattling when coming to a film stop. When my mechanic at the dealer and I brainstormed the issue we identified it coming from the wheels. Replaced the most worn tire (front driver side) with the spare and the effect went about 70% away.

My question is what could be the root cause of this issue? Is it my driving habits? My little off road day trip (I have done it about twice in 20k miles)? Mechanical issue (shocks, rotator cuff?).

DWDK 07-29-2015 05:23 PM


Originally Posted by La Bestia (Post 20527777)
My question is what could be the root cause of this issue? Is it my driving habits? My little off road day trip (I have done it about twice in 20k miles)? Mechanical issue (shocks, rotator cuff?).

Mods like a heavier front bumper and winch will def. make the shocks cause your tires to wear like picture on OP.

Def. need shocks and struts that will properly handle the load applied to them other wise you get to mush oscillation.

La Bestia 07-29-2015 10:14 PM

Noup. All stock. I believe the same case as the originator of the thread.

Msims734 08-03-2015 08:53 PM


Lee H 08-03-2015 09:00 PM

Classic sign of to many miles between rotations.

terpsmandan 08-06-2015 05:25 PM

Mine looked the same in the front. Diagonal rotation and they were loud for about a 100 miles til I got them worn down a little. Went 6000 miles. I will be doing that sooner next time. OP. What shocks did you have installed?

CJ7nvrstk 08-08-2015 07:24 AM

Nice old thread.....

Needed to be rotated more frequently.

La Bestia 08-09-2015 08:01 AM

Maybe 7000 between services and yes that distance between rotations makes a lot of sense. Not even sure that we rotated last time. Lesson learned I guess.

Gian_01 08-17-2015 08:56 PM

Hey everyone I don't own a rig yet, but I was a car mechanic for about six years before i became a Millwright and after researching some lift kits I realized I needed some type of caster correction. So that being said when the caster is way out of wack you'll have excessive tire wear. If tire pressure on a daily is low the outside threads wear, if the tire pressure is way to high the middle threads wear and finally if your camber is off your tire will wear on one side or the other. Hoped that helped. I'm driving through PA these weekend looking for my first "CityRigger" wish me luck! cheers

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