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Old 08-27-2009, 06:32 PM   #1
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Default Question regarding newer tires on rear with less tread on front???

So I have put newer tires on rear as the rears wore out alot...but the car feels a little different as it feels like the rear end has an oversteer feel compared to how I had it....this changed once i put on the new tires on rear...and plus they are different brand/tread to the fronts....any thoughts?


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Old 08-27-2009, 08:05 PM   #2
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Start saving for a new center differential. Tyres should match on all 4 corners.

Check and see if you have zero toe in the rear.
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Old 08-27-2009, 08:54 PM   #3
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Wrong question for AWD car.
If you had FWD or RWD then suggested position is rear (to avoid oversteer) but with AWD you are taxing your center diff (unless circumference difference is within 1/4 of an inch).

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Old 08-28-2009, 09:32 AM   #4
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what you are feeling is the additional tread squirm the new tires have because they have more tread depth. What is the tread depth on the front tires?
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Old 08-28-2009, 09:57 AM   #5
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I would rather quickly save and get the matching front tires. More specifics would also be helpful like what brand/size are on front/back, and like Luke@tirerack said, what's the tread depth of the front's vs. the rear's.

And rotate your tires properly in the future, especially when putting down more power.
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