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Default How to Rotate Staggered Directional Tires

Courtesy of Jason@Performance from my350z.com

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There has been some question on how to Rotate tires on a Staggered setup.

Forward:
On a vehicle with Negative Camber the Inside of the tire naturally wears more then the Outside. This technique will prolong the life of your tires.

When to do this?
Once the Inside of your tires being to show Tire Wear. If the Outside of your tires look brand new then do this just before the Inside of the tire reaches the Wear Indicator's. If the vehicle is driven in hard corners or on the track so the Outside shows signs of tire wear the sooner this technique is done, the more even the tire wear will be. Make sure to do this before the Wear Indicators are fully worn or the Tire Cord begins to show.

What will I gain from this?
If this technique is done the Tires will last almost Twice as long! (depending on driving habits of course)


How To:

STEP #1

Dismount Wheels from the Vehicle.

*For Explanation Purposes we have labeled the wheel & tire:

Front Left = #1
Front Right = #2
Rear Left = #3
Rear Right = #4

Image 1A displays the wheels before this technique is performed on the vehicle.

Click the image to open in full size.


STEP #2

Put Wheel #1 on the Tire Mounting Machine. On 95% of wheels the face of the wheel points up (the out side of the wheel will be facing up) ((in cases of Reverse Mount wheels (Racing Hart etc) the wheel will be upside down / outside facing down))

Dismount the Tire from the wheel. Flip the Tire over so the Inside is now on top.

Mount the tire so what was the Inside is now on top and the Outside is now on the bottom.

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Repeat for all wheels.


STEP #3 Time to put the wheels back on the car.

Since we flipped the tires they can not be put on where they were originally. The LEFT FRONT #1 will now have to be mounted on the RIGHT FRONT position. The original RIGHT FRONT #2 will be in the LEFT position.

Click the image to open in full size.

Notice how what was the FRONT LEFT #1 wheel is going the Same Direction only on the FRONT RIGHT Position.

The illustrations display the Number Box on the INSIDE of the tire. The Arrow shows the Direction of the tire.

This technique can not be done with Asymmetrical Tires like the BF Goodrich KD TA.

This technique CAN be done with the OEM Tires to get more life out of them as well as popular tires like, TOYO T1S, POTENZA S0-3, BFG KDW 1 & 2, and other Directional Symmetrical Tire.

Sorry about the chicken scratch images, I do not have photoshop at home at the moment... Click the image to open in full size.

I also forgot to mention that using this technique eliminates the need for a "Camber Kit because I get too much inside tire wear"

As one can imagine it is more cost effective to rotate tires like this and get more out of both sides of the tire then buy a camber kit for clost to $1000 and up. Unless you install that camber kit at set all wheels at 0 camber, inner tire wear is going to occur.

Here are some photos of the tire...

This is a picture of my LEFT FRONT wheel and tire...

The LEFT of the tire (OUTSIDE) looks pretty much new (I havent tracked this set at all)...
The RIGHT of the tire (INSIDE) is nearly bald...

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This image shows the tread depth left on the INSIDE of the tire... (NONE)
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This image shows the tread depth left on the OUTSIDE of the tire... (Almost Full Depth)...
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This method will move the Front Left directional tire to the RIGHT and vice versa, making the full tread depth side now on the inside... So it is like having a brand new tire all over again! Get twice the use out of your tires this way Click the image to open in full size.

It works the same for the rear as well...
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