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Rotating tires quick question?

My tires are about 3k over due, and I need to rotate them so the wear will be even all around. I searched but couldn't find the answer, do the rear tires need to be re-weighted when you swap them to the front? Also what kind of pattern should i go in, should I swap the fronts with the rears and go in a criss cross pattern once there swapped? or just plan old swap the fronts with the rears and vice versa? Thanks for the help.
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If you're not including the spare in the rotation, and your tires are not directional:

RR to LF, LR to RF, LF to RR, and RF to LR.

Some may have a different idea but this will ensure that each tire spends time on both sides of the truck, as well as front and rear. Also evens up the time spent as a steer tire and drive tire, hopefully resulting in even wear and long life.

As long as they are properly balanced and stay that way, there is no need to redo the balancing when changing the tires position.
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Alright perfect, exactly what I was looking for, thank you.
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where i work we normally rotate front to back. keep the sides where they are. which is fine but what i do and recommend is drop the front tires straight back and cross the ones going to the front. so

RF > RR
LF > LR
RR > LF
LR > RF

just pick some kind of a pattern and stick too it
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ive always moved the rears straight forward and then crossed the fronts
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hmm that seems like a good pattern too.. I think either one will work just fine. Thanks
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As long as they are properly balanced and stay that way, there is no need to redo the balancing when changing the tires position.
you should definitely rebalance them if its been a while. they go out of balance due to tire wear. mine start to lose their balance after a couple thousand miles or so.

another tip. if you can avoid it dont go peeling off or slam on the brakes right after you get them balanced. sometimes when the lube hasnt dried the tire can shift a little bit throwing the balance back off
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Yeah I don't really due either so I think they will be all set. They were weighted and balenced last november when I got the tires and rims mounted up so I'd say its been a while, got them put on the truck at 71k I have almost 77k on it now so.. I'll rotate them myself and get an app to get them balenced again.
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Move the rear wheels straight forward & criss cross the fronts to the rear.
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On a 4x4 arnt you supposed to just switch the back's with the fronts.

DF>DR
PF>PR

Its what I do anyways
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I've read its better to criss cross them for some reason which is what I'm going to do. I don't know if its different for 2wd or 4wd, never heard anything about that...
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ive always moved the rears straight forward and then crossed the fronts
whichever you do just dont cross the fronts AND the backs because the next time you rotate and do the same thing the tires will just end up back where they started. Doing like this by moving rears straight back then crossing the fronts, or vis versa, allows all the tires to be used in every possible configuration. Either way stick to whichever pattern you use.
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its Rears come forward and the fronts cross and go to the back
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On radial tires you have to make sure they spin the same direction as before, otherwise the braids in the tire will start to losin up and seperate. So if you go RR to LF you need to take tires off rim and remount.
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any rotating will work, as long as you do it, you should be fine, you just dont want your fronts bald and your rears looking new lol
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On radial tires you have to make sure they spin the same direction as before, otherwise the braids in the tire will start to losin up and seperate. So if you go RR to LF you need to take tires off rim and remount.
You are wrong. This is just a myth. Do some searches and you'll see. This was only true when radial tires first came out.
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in highschool i worked at discount tire and we always crossed the non drive tires.
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one on the left is what i do..


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^Agreed - Rears to Front (same side), Fronts to Opposite Rear - that's the recommended rotation pattern in my owner's manual, FWIW.
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