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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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