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Old 12-13-2006, 02:45 PM   #1
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Better tires front or back

I have 4 Winter tires but two seem to better than two others. Do I put the better ones in the front or back?
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Old 12-13-2006, 10:24 PM   #2
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back, you want traction on your drive wheels
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Old 12-14-2006, 03:36 PM   #3
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Old 12-16-2006, 10:04 AM   #5
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Not sure what the last two responses are. The mechanic suggested that better on the front for better steering. I am starting to doubt this guy.........
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Old 12-16-2006, 04:32 PM   #6
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i think you should put the better ones in the front... better handling...
if u put them in the back.... better traction .... but not good handling...
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Old 12-16-2006, 05:08 PM   #7
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With better tires in the front you are able to reduce stopping distance.
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Old 12-16-2006, 05:16 PM   #8
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why not just buy two more good ones and call it good?
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Old 12-16-2006, 05:47 PM   #9
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I'd go with back so i can have better traction in the snow/ice. If you have no traction then you may end up ditch if you can steer or not, not easy to steer on ice.

But then again the mechanic would know better then me
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Old 12-16-2006, 07:07 PM   #10
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I would go with the fronts just because their primary purpose is to steer the car.
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Old 12-16-2006, 07:53 PM   #11
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always put the good tires in the front as your steering is controlled there. furthermore, in event of a blow out or something, your rear will just fishtail with the bad tires. if you have them in the front, you could lose control in event the bad tires blow out.

since it is winter and there is snow etc in your area, you may lose steering in ice or snow with the bad tires up front.

to be safe, you should get all good tires and keep the bad ones for the summer.
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Old 12-16-2006, 11:04 PM   #12
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Put them on the back. This is from personal experience. That back needs to stay planted.
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Old 12-16-2006, 11:39 PM   #13
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Put them on the back. This is from personal experience. That back needs to stay planted.
thats what i'm sayin but i think we're gettin out numbered.
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Old 12-18-2006, 10:30 AM   #14
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Put them on the back... For a RWD car you want them on the back for traction. Putting the more worn tires on the back end will increase the tendency of your car wanting to swap ends when the roads get slippery.

In any event... even if you had a FWD, you'd still want to put them on the back. ALthough for a FWD car the rear wheels are doing different work, but the principle is the same.

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Old 12-18-2006, 10:54 AM   #15
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Thanks everyone great feedback. The tires are only about 10%-15% max in the difference and more of a curiosity than anything else.

But when I think about it, when I was driving (albiet in all seasons) a couple of weeks ago it was the back that was moving around the most and those tires are the same all around.

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