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Old 03-12-2009, 03:41 PM   #1
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running a tire in reverse?

long story short.

i leave for myrtle beach tomorrow (2000 miles round trip). my right front rim is bent enough that it doesnt get a perfect bead, and can leak about 6 psi about every 10-14 days, so im worried about it over any big bumps etc.

my summer 17's fit in the trunk floor decently which would mean i had a full size spare, so if i do get a flat on the drivers side i wont have to drive 50 the rest of the way.

how bad/unsafe would it be to run the tire in the opposite direction of the tread if something happened on the other side?

mind you if a rear tire goes down im screwed either way because they are so damn stuck onto the hub all the time.



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I don't think it'd be the end of the world.

You could also just toss the summer wheels on and drive using them...
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how bad/unsafe would it be to run the tire in the opposite direction of the tread if something happened on the other side?
When I got my c900 convertible, they had two of the tires on backwards and the thing shook but not to the point of instability. I drove it from Charlotte to Wilmington, Delaware, that way via D.C. and lived.

I wouldn't recommend it if you can avoid it though.
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Old 03-12-2009, 04:07 PM   #4
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I don't think it'd be the end of the world.

You could also just toss the summer wheels on and drive using them...
yeah why not just drive with your summer wheels/tires on? not like you're going to need your winter setup in myrtle beach.
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...and fwiw I've been on summer rubber for the past week.
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because if the bashed fender winds up eating a tire id rather it be a snow than a summer



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i would think the direction would be more for flow of water, but i'm sure it also has a bit to do with traction and such.
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...and fwiw I've been on summer rubber for the past week.
i've been on summer rubber since i got the gary fishers from palmer, almost a month ago.
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Old 03-12-2009, 06:30 PM   #9
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One of the big car magazines, Car and Driver, I think, ran some directional tires backwards on one of their cars and found that the only difference was in how they did in the rain. They weren't quite as good, but certainly not dangerous.
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It will be completely fine for that short of a distance. It might begin to feather the edges of the tire a little bit. But when you put the tire back on in the summer it will begin to wear normal after a few hundred miles. No worries.
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I think I'd rather run a directional tire backwards than drive on a spare. Right?
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I think I'd rather run a directional tire backwards than drive on a spare. Right?
Second that. space saver spares suck.

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On the few occassions I've been to the track, I observed it to be very common practice for drivers to swap tires left side to right side (and vice versa), or in other words, running the tires 'backwards'. I asked my instructor about it and she said it was no problem in the dry. Wet is not recommended or at least high speed driving in the wet is not recommended. The reason for it at the track is to save tire wear.

I ran mine backwards, in the dry, and had no ill effects at all. No performance difference.
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