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Old 09-22-2015, 01:36 AM
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Hey hey folks!

I did about 2000 miles in my car while I was progressively doing a bunch of repairs. I waited to get an alignment until I was done, but during that time I had seriously misaligned front wheels. The result was a front left tire with massive amounts of camber wear, and a front right tire that wore much more quickly than the rear. The front right tire is maybe at 50% now, the front left needs to be replaced, and the rears have tons of tread left.

My question - should I just replace the front left, or replace both fronts for balance purposes? If I replace only the front left, should I rotate the right side wheels so that there are more equal amounts of tread (100% FR, 80% FL, 80% RR, 50% RL) or does that matter?

Car is an '02, coil overs, 17 inch wheels, and a mostly stock engine. It's a DD but I do the odd HPDE every now and then. Tires are performance summer (BGF sport comp 2).

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The right thing to do is to replace both. if money is a problem try to find a matching used tire or 2 of a different brand. If you really want to change only one tire i would flip it inside out.
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The other front tire doesn't have any camber wear. Does that make a difference?
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It's important to not throw off the rear axle. The differential wouldn't appreciate it.
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Every time I had tires with different tread depth on them on the car, it would pull to the side and feel terrible.
So yeah, I wouldn't do it.
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DAMN YOU ALL!!

Or rather, thanks for the advice. 2 tires it is.
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balance it out with tire pressures... just run the new one a few psi low.


that works, i swear.
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