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#698031 - 09/27/05 08:14 PM Re: Do you balance when you rotate your tires?
XS650 Offline



Registered: 12/21/03
Posts: 12385
Loc: Northern CA
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Originally posted by bobo:
There is absolutely no need to balance tires every tire rotation and tire rotation every 3K is overkill and a waste of time. Try rotating your tires at 6K or 7.5K intervals, that is all that is required.


You're on the right track, but tire rotation should be by a percentage of estimated tire life, not fixed miles.

Two of my vehicles wear all 4 tires pretty straight across the tread. Those get rotated at about 1/2 of tire life. One rotation in the life of the tires. Cars with lesser suspensions need it more often, maybe 3 or 4 rotations during the life of the tires.

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#698032 - 09/27/05 08:19 PM Re: Do you balance when you rotate your tires?
slugsgomoo Offline


Registered: 11/14/04
Posts: 138
Loc: Bremerton, WA
For what it's worth, the tires being rotated @ 3k show VERY noticably different wear characteristics. The fronts take a huge amount of abuse, and being very sticky, they wear very, very fast. If i did not rotate every 3k, I have very little doubt that these tires would be corded by 10-12k miles. I'm trying to prolong them out to 15k~ish

quote:
Originally posted by bobo:
There is absolutely no need to balance tires every tire rotation and tire rotation every 3K is overkill and a waste of time. Try rotating your tires at 6K or 7.5K intervals, that is all that is required.

quote:
Originally posted by slugsgomoo:
i'll probably start getting my tires balanced every time i rotate them (every 3k) they are very soft & sticky, and the fronts like to wear a lot faster than the rears (heavy AWD beast)- so a little bit of uneven wear makes them a little but unbalanced. I don't drive the car too often so it's not like i'm doing it all the time.

Plus i buy my tires at discount tire usually, and they do free rotation & balancing for life.


Wait until you have a tire that wears the inside shoulders faster than the rest of the tire (including the fact that the alignment is known to be good). R-compound tires are funny about how they wear, especially when you're beating on them (or do an oops and mini-flatspot). [Wink]

I'm not suggesting that you need a frequent rebalancing of street tires though, that seems silly.

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#698033 - 10/24/05 11:59 AM Re: Do you balance when you rotate your tires?
burntkat Offline


Registered: 10/12/05
Posts: 204
Loc: Charleston, South Carolina
I haven't been to a tire store in years. I mount balance and rotate my tires at home and they're always perfectly balanced.

33X12.50X15 MTs on my jeep- each with 12 ounces of BBs in them. [Wink]

Been doing this for years, even on my passenger cars. As long as my alignment is in spec, I get very good wear out of my tires- usually on the order of 50,000 miles. Something about a tire that constantly balances itself as you're driving...

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#698034 - 11/15/05 11:34 AM Re: Do you balance when you rotate your tires?
Islandvic Offline


Registered: 02/01/05
Posts: 1207
Loc: South Texas
Of all tire sets except for one time, I always buy tires from Discount Tire and Wheel. I buy the Life Time Rotation/Balance and Full Replacement RoadHazzard protection plan.

On each set, I have use the replacement roadhazzard at least once, which pays for its self.

I always balance when I rotate. The roads where I live really suck bad, I mean real bad. A few months ago, there was a national report on roadway quality and my town ranked in the top 5 worst of metro areas with population between 250-500k in the nation (or something horrible like that).

My roads beat down tires here, so I rotate and balance at least 2-3 times a year.

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#1878151 - 05/02/10 09:45 AM Re: Do you balance when you rotate your tires? [Re: burntkat]
ahoier Offline


Registered: 02/03/10
Posts: 1720
Loc: Cocoa, FL
Originally Posted By: burntkat
I haven't been to a tire store in years. I mount balance and rotate my tires at home and they're always perfectly balanced.

33X12.50X15 MTs on my jeep- each with 12 ounces of BBs in them. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="images/icons/wink.gif" />

Been doing this for years, even on my passenger cars. As long as my alignment is in spec, I get very good wear out of my tires- usually on the order of 50,000 miles. Something about a tire that constantly balances itself as you're driving...
Mind explaining this? You put 12 oz. of BBs in your tires, before mounting them yourself?

Now I'm not surprised you mounted them yourself, I've heard of this :) Using some long pole and guiding the bead onto the rim :) But the whole BB thing......

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#1879766 - 05/03/10 07:20 PM Re: Do you balance when you rotate your tires? [Re: ahoier]
onion Offline


Registered: 02/04/07
Posts: 2097
Loc: kansastan
I don't rotate the tires very often- maybe every 10k or so. Or whenever I want to check the brakes or something. I have a bubble balancer, so I generally check and add weights of necessary- but they usually don't require much if any.
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#1879904 - 05/03/10 09:41 PM Re: Do you balance when you rotate your tires? [Re: onion]
TLMjared Offline


Registered: 04/26/09
Posts: 78
Loc: Utah, USA
I rotate and balance my tires every oil change, most people don't think about it but tires can and do slip on the rim, and therefore will not always stay balanced forever.
With tires not getting any cheaper, I want them to last as long as I can, so I do my preventative maintenance of rotations and balance since I'm there and its free :) gotta love warranties
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