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Postby Polar_Light [OP] » Sep 17 2012, 6:03am

hello guys, I just talked to a dealer today, asking him which tires are wearing faster front or rear? He said since I am driving in city only (never 4 by 4), rear tires should wear more.
In fact I can't observe it with my track, actually it seems opposite to me.
Do you have any ideas?
thanks in advance
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Re: about wear

Postby Wayne58 » Sep 17 2012, 6:10am

It seems to me the fronts would wear quicker as it is the Heavy end and is being pushed on corners >>> but your personal driving habits may change this >>> ie: wheel spin and hard accelleration etc.
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Re: about wear

Postby Polar_Light [OP] » Sep 17 2012, 6:16am

thanks, that exactly that i thought also.
I never spin wheels.
BTW, winter is coming would you suggest to keep 2 new tires on front, or better to keep them on rear? Just for safety, any thoughts?
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Re: about wear

Postby 1500VHO » Sep 17 2012, 6:35am

Hi Polar,

I agree with Wayne. The front tires will wear more for a lot of reasons, if the rear tires are not spun excessively. Front tires carry more weight under normal conditions, and alignment plays a big role.

As for the question of tire placement. How worn are the front tires?? 20%, 30%, 50%... On a rear wheel drive vehicle I would place the better tires on the rear for winter conditions. If it were front wheel drive, then on the front. I would want the best traction, and tire tread under "normal" driving conditions. However, you have the advantage of 4 wheel drive, so it might not make a difference depending on how worn the front tires are...

I also throw some sand bags in the rear truck bed for added weight during the winter. I have a two wheel drive and the extra 200-300lbs over the rear axle does help with traction. I also run snow tires on 17 inch rims... My 20 inch tires and chrome rims come off for the winter...

I hope this helped, :D
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Re: about wear

Postby Wayne58 » Sep 17 2012, 6:39am

With a 4x4 the best tires should be on the front to gain whatever advantage there is in allowing the truck to turn and stop better >>> remember the 4x4 does not make ur truck stop better but front grip will help !!!

BTW where are you in the Great White North ??? Truro Nova Scotia here !!
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Re: about wear

Postby rodcheapo » Sep 17 2012, 1:09pm

I've found that mine are wearing quite evenly on all sides. I don't push it in the corners (front wear) or spin the rears. If you are going to move them around for winter, I'd still put the good tread in the back, considering 85% of the time (at least) those are the only driving wheels.
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Re: about wear

Postby ASTE25 » Sep 17 2012, 1:14pm

I think the front tires should wear the most regardless of the kind of driving that is being done. I prefer to have the better tires (more tread depth) on the rear due to the fact the rear is lighter than the front and in my opinion needs more help in the traction department. I keep the tires on my vehicles rotated in pretty even intervals so I have not really noticed any grossly uneven wear patterns.
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Re: about wear

Postby Polar_Light [OP] » Sep 17 2012, 3:09pm

Wayne58 wrote:With a 4x4 the best tires should be on the front to gain whatever advantage there is in allowing the truck to turn and stop better >>> remember the 4x4 does not make ur truck stop better but front grip will help !!!

BTW where are you in the Great White North ??? Truro Nova Scotia here !!


I live in Canada, Calgary. Temperature drops here rapidly, today in the morning we have 5C, so in couple of weeks we might get snow who knows. Front wheels about 50% wear, back wheels are new. Don't have enough cash to change all of them. In addition I am planning to get 20" for next summer. So, I am planning to save some. Just will be deriving more carefully them usual
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Postby Wayne58 » Sep 17 2012, 3:15pm

I thought Calgary had Chanooks blowind warm South Pacific air all winter lol
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Postby Polar_Light [OP] » Sep 17 2012, 3:59pm

Yeah, man it blows from time to time and snow melts rapidly. When it doesn't blow we have -30 here sometimes. :-(
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