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post #1 of 49 Old 10-03-2012, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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Why don't people rotate in their spare tire?

It seems like you would get 1/5 more life, plus if you actually get a flat, the tires would all still be the same size.

Is it for looks?
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They do.

Where are you getting your facts?

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I do.

Spare to the right rear.

Right rear to the right front

Right front to the left rear

Left rear to the left front

Left front back to the spare tire holder.

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I always bring my spare tire into the rotation. I rotate my tires at every oil change.



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I do. When I'm done with this set, I expect to buy the same 37s again..so I'll take my "best" worn 37 and just buy four new ones next time.

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Same here since day one. Wear 'em all, replace 'em all. The old rearward cross. We have changed size every time so it just makes sense for us to not have a useless dry rotted spare hanging off the back.

Funny this same thread has been repeated in one form or another since I started Jeep forums in mid '07. I could tell you every reason the don'ts don't but I'll refrain and let them tell you.

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I would if I could keep the same 5 tires for more then a year. Between going larger and cutting tires I don't seem to have the chance.

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Historically, I haven't. I'm just lazy.

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I do now but when I need tires again I probably wont as long as I stick with a similar size.
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I do as well. Getting ready to do the first rotation on the new 37" MT/R's before my wheeling trip in mid October.

I do it for all the reasons stated above, plus, if I ever get a flat, at least I know that at one point in the not too distant past, my spare was working correctly.

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Historically, I haven't. I'm just lazy.
It actually makes it easier when you rotate with a spare if you are doing it yourself. You only have one corner up on a jack at a time.

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It seems like you would get 1/5 more life, plus if you actually get a flat, the tires would all still be the same size.

Is it for looks?
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...... I could tell you every reason the don'ts don't but I'll refrain and let them tell you.

I actually thought most owners do a five tire rotation. The only excepts are the guys not running a spare and the soccer moms that do not know what a lug nut is.

The 20% more lifespan and the knowledge I will usually go with a different tire and/or size the next time makes sense to me

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It actually makes it easier when you rotate with a spare if you are doing it yourself. You only have one corner up on a jack at a time.
Don't try to confuse Chuck, too much info, too quickly!

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Don't try to confuse Chuck, too much info, too quickly!
Sound logic > me

My logic in the beginning was I knew I'd go through 2 sets of tires before jumping from 35s to 37s. If I kept the spare out of the rotation, I'd only have to buy 3 tires when the time came to get a new set.

So, 8 tires later, I'm at 100K miles and I'm at that point to buy my 3rd set of tires....stay with 35s or jump to 37s? hmmmm....

If I do get 37s, I'll probably start rotating the spare into the mix, because I just don't see myself going bigger than 37s....(famous last words).

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I don't. But that's only because when I bought the Jeep, it already had 18k miles on it and the spare had never touched the ground. Now I've got like 36k on it. I'll be getting new (i.e. bigger) tires before too long and plan on starting a 5 tire rotation.

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I saw an ad in the For Sale section today and it was one too many times I saw "spare never touched the ground". Like that was a good thing. Now you have one odd wheel and tire that you have to deal with if you want to get new ones.

So I thought I'd bring it up to see what people thought, and to let everyone know that it's a good idea to rotate in that spare ;)

I have a brand new old style MTR on the back of my rig, and it makes me think about having to get new tires every time I see it. My current FOUR are getting worn down pretty well. Thanks previous owner!
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I'm lazy, it gets rotated in every so often but that's about it. I'm sure I'll jump up to 37s before my 35s are worn down anyways.
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This picture illustrates why I don't rotate my spare..


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This picture illustrates why I don't rotate my spare..

Bah. Lift with your legs.
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Bah. Lift with your legs.
Sorry, made me think of Family Guy. "Bend with your back, you gotta take your legs completely out of the equation. Then lift with your back and groin in a jerking, twisting motion."
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I used to rotate all 5 till I found one of my rear tires was out of round. When I got it up front I got a wobble between 45 and 55 so I threw that one up on the spare tire bracket and have been doing a 4 tire rotation since. If I get a flat I just have to make sure the spare goes on the back on the Jeep.

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This picture illustrates why I don't rotate my spare..

Damm how you gonna carry a kid, diaper bag, bottle bag, stroller, car seat and wifes purse if you can't even get that what 33" tire off?

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It's sad to see a jeep that has to get help from a Toyota. Lol


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I used to use this for the 37" but I found it easier to to use my feet to lift the tires up. But it can only be a couple of inches off the ground for the ole foot wedge.
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I guess my logic is that if I have a blow out then I buy one new tire, put that one and the unused spare on one end, then place one of the older tires on the spare carrier.

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