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Old 05-24-2014, 07:35 AM   #11
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Just had two new tires put on the truck. Costco put them on the rear without so much as a "by your leave."

TireRack agrees.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete....jsp?techid=52
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Old 05-24-2014, 07:55 AM   #12
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A blowout on the front is much harder to control than if it's on the rear, so, regardless of the hydroplaning argument, which IMO is baloney, I'll still put the new ones on the front. Oversteer is much easier to control than understeer on any road condition.
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Old 05-24-2014, 08:04 AM   #13
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The confusion started with the advent of the front wheel drive cars and it has taken a long time for the science to catch up. There is a clear advantage in wet conditions for new tires in the rear.. BUT, not so in snow, where traction of the drive wheels are concerned and both FRD and AWD benefit from the new tread in the front. For towing, the best tires should be in the rear where the most load is.
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Every NASCAR fan knows if you're only taking 2 tires they go on the right side!!
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Old 05-24-2014, 12:27 PM   #15
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Virtually all cars (at least American made) have understeer designed into them because it is deemed safer for the bulk of automobile operators (not drivers). If the rear end lets go, most people would have no clue how to recover the vehicle. The new tires should be on the rear.

I can see where people with front drive cars would disagree. But, I've had my share of front drivers and I'll tell you that when you have less traction at the rear, and it lets go, it goes FAST. And you better be a driver not an operator when that happens.
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Reality is, if your two old tires are in such sad shape that they're going to spin you out if on the incorrect axle, they should have been replaced anyhow.

That's just uncommon sense, if your tires are dangerous then they're dangerous no matter where they are.
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Reality is, if your two old tires are in such sad shape that they're going to spin you out if on the incorrect axle, they should have been replaced anyhow.

That's just uncommon sense, if your tires are dangerous then they're dangerous no matter where they are.
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Let's look at this from a different perspective. If I'm riding my motorcycle, I can handle the rear tire (drive wheel) losing grip. The last thing I want is the front tire to lose grip.
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Gimme new tires on front....
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Virtually all cars (at least American made) have understeer designed into them because it is deemed safer for the bulk of automobile operators (not drivers). If the rear end lets go, most people would have no clue how to recover the vehicle. The new tires should be on the rear.

I can see where people with front drive cars would disagree. But, I've had my share of front drivers and I'll tell you that when you have less traction at the rear, and it lets go, it goes FAST. And you better be a driver not an operator when that happens.
I would say whomever taught those people to drive were seriously negligent in teaching. I was taught how to control the rear end sliding both left and right as part of learning to drive before I was allowed to even think about getting my drivers license.
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I would say whomever taught those people to drive were seriously negligent in teaching. I was taught how to control the rear end sliding both left and right as part of learning to drive before I was allowed to even think about getting my drivers license.
Growing up driving on dirt roads and racing on dirt helps you learn this real quick, huh!!

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