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  # 676332 24-Aug-2012 10:54
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This is one of those subjects like religion and politics that you always try to avoid. Everyone has an opinion and everyone is sure their point of view is the right one.

Personally, I subscribe to the "best tyres on the back" school of thought, regardless of whether the car is FWD or RWD. I believe it's more likely that the rear will lose traction in the wet and spin out than the front.

And remember, tread depth only matters in the wet, on dry roads you’d be better off with a slick tyre but you’re not allowed to do that.    Wink

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  # 676339 24-Aug-2012 11:02
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I subscribe to the school of thought that you take it to the tyre professional and let them do their job. If one set of tyres is significantly worse than the other, replace them. Tyres are pretty cheap given how important they are.

 
 
 
 


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  # 676355 24-Aug-2012 11:35
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timmmay: I subscribe to the school of thought that you take it to the tyre professional and let them do their job. If one set of tyres is significantly worse than the other, replace them. Tyres are pretty cheap given how important they are.

Hard to argue with that.

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  # 676356 24-Aug-2012 11:37
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bazzer:
timmmay: I subscribe to the school of thought that you take it to the tyre professional and let them do their job. If one set of tyres is significantly worse than the other, replace them. Tyres are pretty cheap given how important they are.

Hard to argue with that.


Agreed!

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  # 676357 24-Aug-2012 11:37
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bazzer: Hard to argue with that.


Yet someone will, no doubt, because that's what the internet's for - arguing ;)

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  # 676359 24-Aug-2012 11:38
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Well forums are for arguing :)

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  # 676362 24-Aug-2012 11:44
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Problem is most of the staff at tyre shops..choose your shop carefully!

 
 
 
 




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  # 676365 24-Aug-2012 11:49
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TheUngeek: Problem is most of the staff at tyre shops..choose your shop carefully!


Yes, that's why I was seeking recommendations about shops in AKL

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# 676553 24-Aug-2012 19:00
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1. Change before you get your WOF save time.
2. Just change the tyre's that fail save money.
3. There a place in onehunga called superchep tyre.  Pay cash huge discount.

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  # 676573 24-Aug-2012 20:13
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new tyres - always at the back (regardless of RWD/FWD/4WD)

i personally prefer firestone, i have used tyreland in the past when i was in south island

my thinking - i always buy 4 new tyres at once... it is safer and you tend to get better deal by doing that.






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  # 676578 24-Aug-2012 20:18
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The fronts do something like 80% of the braking and all of the steering.

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  # 676596 24-Aug-2012 21:30
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hahahaha here we go again ... the forum has completed a 720 degree run around ...




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  # 676597 24-Aug-2012 21:33
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when the dust has settled and everyone has agreed to disagree (as i've said, every car every road condition and every driver condition makes a completely different combo) ... can i suggest you buy a full time symmetrical 4wd with a trick diff that has vehicle stability control




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  # 676604 24-Aug-2012 21:47
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TheUngeek: The fronts do something like 80% of the braking and all of the steering.


the other dudes are saying that if you put your best tyres here you have a higher limit of aggresiveness in the way you can attack the road - if you did this you have a higher chance of running wide in the corner (understeer) and risk a head on collision when you lose concentration or misjudge the wetness of the road; and with a slight risk of losing the rear end in the most unusual circumstance but if you lose the rear end you're doomed to fate;

but by putting the best tyres in the rear, either
1) they prefer not to attack the road and therefore will have no chance of under nor oversteer
2) they have a powerful rwd with no traction control and are about to do this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0Ve2eNfgPQ (mind you this is a 4wd with perfectly good tyres on all four on dry road)
3) they attack the road but the chance of losing the rear end in the most unusual circumstance is so rare unless you drive like a maniac that there was a low chance of that in the first place
4) they attack the road and their rear tyres save them from harm




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  # 676606 24-Aug-2012 21:59
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this is how easy it is to lose the rear end in a RWD with good tyres on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sq7hLDLgzsQ ... scroll to 30sec, wait for it, crash is at 42 sec, it was a gentle tap on the throttle, and you're gone, tyres ain't saving anyone who can't handle a RWD with traction control off

edit: just please notice how low speed it was, nowhere near 50 kph i'd say




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