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Bob4
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New Jersey
reply to deke40

Re: Best Tires On Back Axle

I don't care what the experts say. In a front wheel drive car, I want the tires with the most tread on the front.


Cho Baka
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said by Bob4:

I don't care what the experts say. In a front wheel drive car, I want the tires with the most tread on the front.

Well, I have had a few FWD cars with new tires (or snow tires) on the front.

Making a left turn with one at moderate speeds saw a reaction similar to trailing throttle oversteer in the snow. Very unpredictable and not at all easy to control. I spun it twice, and went with 4 snows the following winter.

Another sees the rear end very loosey-goosey in the snow. This one is also FWD, but is slightly more controllable in the slip condition.

The basic premise is that a vehicle can transition from having a very predictable nature with 4 equal tires to having very unpredictable handling characteristics with 2 new tires on the front.
Those same people who fought to put the new tires on the front will also happily sue the tire manufacturer and tire shop in the event of an accident.
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Bob4
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So if I have 8/32" on the front and 6/32" on the back, my car turns into a death trap?


Cho Baka
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said by Bob4:

So if I have 8/32" on the front and 6/32" on the back, my car turns into a death trap?

That is a pretty disingenuous reply.

I didn't say that. Not even close.
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Bob4
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said by Cho Baka:

said by Bob4:

So if I have 8/32" on the front and 6/32" on the back, my car turns into a death trap?

That is a pretty disingenuous reply.

I didn't say that. Not even close.

OK, but it's a serious question: At what point does the difference in tread depth become a problem?


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said by Bob4:

OK, but it's a serious question: At what point does the difference in tread depth become a problem?

I personally don't see an issue with the scenario you described. A little common sense is needed.

New tires on the front, and 5 year old tires with 4/32" on the rear, I would be more concerned.
We have arrived at this situation because the lawyers will take advantage of any opportunity to make a buck, and people are always looking for a reason why an accident wasn't their fault.
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BonezX
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said by Bob4:

OK, but it's a serious question: At what point does the difference in tread depth become a problem?

not at all when they are both bald as hell.

basic thing, if the conditions are beyond what the tire can support at the tread level it is at you will have issues, if not, the difference doesn't really matter too much, IE: don't try to out drive the tires.

easiest is just don't drive to the limit of the best tire. if you know the rear ones are bad figure out where their limit is, and drive accordingly.

but try telling your average all season awd SUV driver to drive according to the conditions, you get some amusing replies.

:edit: yea completely forgot the lawyer thing, that's going to be an issue no matter how big/small, front/back the difference is.