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Re: I always put the tires w/ most tread up front
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Posted by Snowmobile [Email] (#686) [Profile/Gallery] (more from Snowmobile) on Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:39:21 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: I always put the tires w/ most tread up front, Noel, Wed, 29 Jun 2016 06:50:14
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I think the premise is that oversteer is significantly harder to compensate than understeer, therefore the rear wheel recommendation. In non-track situations, this is really only an issue in the rain or ice/slush/snow. Most people only experience this in emergency situations, so have little opportunity to practice (many panic and hit the brakes - the worst thing to do!).

I've had the front end hydroplane (on a newly bought 9-5 with crummy tires from the PO, most tread on the back). Trivial situation though as you get immediate feedback through the steering column. I think that is the point - that there are many poor/inexperienced drivers on the roads and presenting those with an oversteer condition, especially at high speeds, is dangerous... you and I spend a lot of time driving in winter, so are used to compensating for all kinds of stuff!

otoh, it is a trade off for tire wear, and also evenness of tire wear... and there are safety considerations there also. Especially where the poorly educated drivers are probably also poorly educated about the importance of keeping fresh tires on the car...

Beyond that, putting less good tires on the front of a FWD car will reduce the braking grip in non-hydroplane conditions (better brakes and more mass are up front). These could be serious, like braking for a child that runs out between parked cars in a residential area... you're not going to fishtail at neighbourhood speeds but you still need to stop fast!

And your point about never rotating tires is true also, as if you put 4 new tires on a FWD car, after a couple months, your best tires are generally now on the rear, so a rotation would be putting the better tires in the front...

So I think it comes down to a balance of what is important to the driver...

http://www.souzastireservice.com/tires-101/front-or-rear.aspx


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