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Old 11-21-2004, 04:34 PM   #1
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Default Semi noob question, do i have to change all 4 tires at once?

Hey guys sorry if this belongs in the noob section, I did some searching and I wasn't able to come up with much. I was at discount tire co. the other day because my two front tires on my brothers '03 wrx wagon are near the bitter end. The rear tires have a decent amount of tread left. The salesman said that it's necessary for me to replace all four tires at once because of issues that arise with the AWD transmission. So my question is, is this necessary and if so should I sell them the two tires for $50 or post them up here for sale? I apologize if this thread is flame worthy, if so everybody get your flame on.

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Old 11-21-2004, 04:45 PM   #2
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You want the tires around the same diameter - so if the rears are hardly worn, you could probably get away with putting two new tires on the front (of the same type as the rear ones) - ideally, you should periodically rotate your tires so that they wear evenly.

If nothing bad happened when the fronts were worn down to nothing, but the rears still had tread, why would having the situation reversed a little bit be any more of a problem? (i.e., more tread on the front)
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Old 11-22-2004, 05:19 PM   #3
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If nothing bad happened when the fronts were worn down to nothing, but the rears still had tread, why would having the situation reversed a little bit be any more of a problem? (i.e., more tread on the front)
Thats what didn't make sense to me. I think I'm going to replace two and put them in the rear like pronto recomended. Thanks guys for your help

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Old 11-22-2004, 05:30 PM   #4
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DrD's advice about the four tires being the same diameter is correct. The new tires should go onto the rear, though, not the front. Although it might seem counterintutive, the most effective rubber always goes in the rear, regardless of the drive axle configuration of the car.

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