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Whats the best method to rotate tires?

A lot of different people say different things.. what do you guys think is the best method to rotate tires? btw, are our tires directional?

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Not directional and I use the rotation method in the Owners manual.

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I also do it back to front. Non-directional tires can be run in either direction, but once used, it's supposedly better to leave them in that direction. Might be a myth, but rotating them front to back on the same side makes them wear evenly, so no need to change method IMO. Take care.
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I also do it back to front. Non-directional tires can be run in either direction, but once used, it's supposedly better to leave them in that direction. Might be a myth, but rotating them front to back on the same side makes them wear evenly, so no need to change method IMO. Take care.
That's a myth.

If they're directional, keep them on that side as shown here:

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With non-directional tires I have always used the pattern: the front tires on the same side to the back. The back tires to the front and switch sides. Along with maintaining proper tire pressure and rotating regularly, I have always gotten the max life out of the treads, typically more. Even my current OEM Crapelins with 25,000 miles on are about 1/2 worn. I've read that others have replaced them at 20,000 miles. (tho that may have been just because they're so crappy and particularly horrible in the rain . . . which I should do but don't have the cash right now . . different rant )

Rotate at least every 5,000 miles. If you wait longer, the front tires will be significantly more worn than the rear tires. That defeats the purpose of rotating and at the end of their life, you're faced with the decision to purchase two tires or ditch two with some tread on and buy four.

Any one that's running the "staggered" set up cannot rotate if they're using directional tires - much like the S2000 or NSX. Rotating f/b or l/r will either flip the treads or put the larger wheels on the front. Rotation is pretty much a moot point.

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If it's time to rotate, it's probably time to balance. I just take the car to tire store.

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If it's time to rotate, it's probably time to balance. I just take the car to tire store.
Huh? Unless weights have fallen off your wheels should be balanced for virtually the life of the tire unless you damage something, certainly not 5000 miles.

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Huh? Unless weights have fallen off your wheels should be balanced for virtually the life of the tire unless you damage something, certainly not 5000 miles.
The tire wear effects the balancing. It's not just the metal wheel that is balanced...it's the wheel with the tire on it. As the tire wears, the balance is affected. I agree, though, that 5000 miles is too often. I do this between 8 and 10,000.

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