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rotating tires

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Confederate9, Jun 1, 2001.

  1. Confederate9

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    hey. i think tomm im gonna rotate my tires
    but have no clue if there is anything i should know.
    do i have to balance them?
    whiich ones should go where?
    im not adding in my spare.

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    Are they radials or bias-ply?

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    says radials on the sidwall

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    I'm pretty sure with a radial you are supposed to keep them on the same side of the truck. So just swap front to back and NOT side to side. You shouldn't need to rebalance the tires...just check them over and make sure none of the weights got knocked off.

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    Take the front and put the in the back(keep on the same side) and then take the backs and put them on the opposite fronts. If you have a spare that you rotate in also, rotate it in to one of the positions.

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    weights?
    what ru talking bout?

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    The little clip-on metal weights that are used to balance your tires. On the lip of the wheel.

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    Ok, first of all if its a part time 4wd truck (NP208 or NP205 or converted NP203) you shoud rotate the tires just like a rear wheel drive car or truck. This means that the drive wheels ( the rear) move straight forward and the fronts criss cross the rear. This is the way my shop was always done it. Now if its a full time 4wd truck (non-converted NP203) then you should criss cross the rears to the front and criss cross the fronts to the rears. We have a charts from tire manufacturers that say to do it this way. Now if you already done it another way its not like your tire is gonna blow up on you. This rotation pattern is followed to minimize the amount of wear in a certain place on one tire or tires.
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