Front vs Rear tyre wear

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Re: Front vs Rear tyre wear

Postby akirk » Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:23 pm

sussex2 wrote:The main problem with rear tyres these days is that they die of old age!


akirk wrote:my z3 does about 6-8,000 miles on the rears


not on all cars - perhaps the standard fwd euro boxes...
but I am going through a set of rears roughly each year on the z3
I would love them to die of old age instead :)

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Re: Front vs Rear tyre wear

Postby Jonquirk » Mon Aug 15, 2016 6:27 pm

Given that my car wears its front tyres faster than the rears I move the part worn rear tyres to the front axle and put new tyres on the back when the fronts reach the limit. I only need to buy two tyres at a time but I would struggle to work out what the wear rates are or tyre life is, especially as I am swapping summer and winter tyres on and off as well.

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Re: Front vs Rear tyre wear

Postby Gareth » Mon Aug 15, 2016 7:22 pm

sussex2 wrote:The main problem with rear tyres these days is that they die of old age!

Only if one is foolish enough to never put new tyres on the rear :-) :P
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Re: Front vs Rear tyre wear

Postby Silk » Mon Aug 15, 2016 9:03 pm

Jonquirk wrote:Given that my car wears its front tyres faster than the rears I move the part worn rear tyres to the front axle and put new tyres on the back when the fronts reach the limit. I only need to buy two tyres at a time but I would struggle to work out what the wear rates are or tyre life is, especially as I am swapping summer and winter tyres on and off as well.


Sounds like a lot of faffing about to me.

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Re: Front vs Rear tyre wear

Postby Silk » Mon Aug 15, 2016 9:08 pm

Gareth wrote:
sussex2 wrote:The main problem with rear tyres these days is that they die of old age!

Only if one is foolish enough to never put new tyres on the rear :-) :P


I put new tyres on the rear when the old ones wear out.

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Re: Front vs Rear tyre wear

Postby sussex2 » Tue Aug 16, 2016 11:09 am

Gareth wrote:
sussex2 wrote:The main problem with rear tyres these days is that they die of old age!

Only if one is foolish enough to never put new tyres on the rear :-) :P


I am under the impression that new tyres should be put on the rear; can you explain your train of though a bit please.

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Re: Front vs Rear tyre wear

Postby exportmanuk » Tue Aug 16, 2016 12:14 pm

With a FWD car I would avoid putting very worn front tyres on the the rear lack of tread and lack of weight could make the back very unstable in damp conditions, Maybe if they are 40-50% worn then it would make sense even up the wear and replace the whole set together.
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Re: Front vs Rear tyre wear

Postby Astraist » Tue Aug 16, 2016 12:22 pm

True, but than I wouldn't put worn tyres on any axle. The good tyres belong on all the wheels.

And again, I find that by the time tyres become worn, they are already well past the their prime in terms of braking (and cornering) capability, which is in itself reason enough to replace them well in advance of becoming worn.

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Re: Front vs Rear tyre wear

Postby Gareth » Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:00 pm

sussex2 wrote:
Gareth wrote:
sussex2 wrote:The main problem with rear tyres these days is that they die of old age!

Only if one is foolish enough to never put new tyres on the rear :-) :P

I am under the impression that new tyres should be put on the rear; can you explain your train of though a bit please.

Me too, hence my comment :bash:

I quote advice from tyre companies but follow advice from StressedDave, happily they are the same.
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Re: Front vs Rear tyre wear

Postby akirk » Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:18 pm

it must depend on the car must it not?
the z3 has different tyres front and back - quite different, as do a number of more sporty cars, so that is an obvious exception...
then would it make a difference if the car is FWD / RWD / 4x4 / ???

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