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RE: Tire experts needed

If it is OK, should I put the new ones on the front 
>     or the rear?

conventional wisdom (does it apply to a quattro?) has been to install the
better (new) tires in the rear, on the theory that you can't steer that end
if the tires fail.  

Huh? IMFO, conventional wisdom is to put the best tahrs on the front - they do most of the braking and also the steering and with FWD all of the drive force - a *lot* more work to do from the circle-of-traction perspective - the rears are pretty much just along fer the ride. I believe this is even more important with cars that exhibit inherent understeer - like the Qs - and applies only for street operation - track use may have very different suspension/alignment setups and overall objectives.