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spin direction on tires
I am the recent (10 months ago) purchaser of a '90 Quattro Coupe 20V, for
which I recently bought a new set of tires (Viper "Patriot HX" P205/50 R15
M+S). (I was planning to buy Falkens but that tire is only recently
becoming widely distributed in northern Michigan, USA where I was at the
time; no-one had any in stock...oh well) (This spring I will buy some
performance tires but that's other topic en-tire-ly.)
Anyway, these Vipers seem OK, nothing special, but not very sure-footed in
the wet. I looked into this an discovered that the two front tires were
mounted rotating the opposite way than the direction arrow on the tire
specifies! Probably the tread pattern doesn't displace water very
efficiently this way...The place I bought them (Sears -- never again!)
seems prepared to argue that they don't need to be replaced, just swapped
left-for-right and off I go.
I have heard that Radial tires get "used" to rotating a certain direction
and cannot be reversed once they've been "broken in". My tires now have
over 2000 miles on them. It this rumor, truth, or somewhere in between?
Is this (more) true for Quattro vs. conventional rear-wheel (or
front-wheel - ack!) drive?
I guess another way of asking this question is, when you rotate your tires,
should you do it front-to-back only or is side-to-side/round robin rotation
Any comments would be welcome.
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