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The Tech Republic Grand Tome of Effable Wisdom:Edited

By AnsuGisalas ·
Fit the first: Put the better pair of wheels on the rear axle.
Fit the second: don't settle for hexadecimal : go straight to the Ultimate number system duoquadragesimal:123456789ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZÄËÏÖÜÆ

We're all different (expect that one guy who's not), and we all have valuable perspectives. I thought; we can better all of our lots by exchanging the best (or weirdest, or ...) of what our perspectives have afforded us: Append to here, what you wisheth not be lost to time!

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by CharlieSpencer In reply to The Tech Republic Grand T ...

Why put the better pair of wheels (I assume you mean tires) on the rear axle? Maybe if I had rear wheel drive, but wouldn't it make more sense to say, "Put the better tires on the drive axle"?

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by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Why?

Now you're 'out nit-picking' me, too.

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by AnsuGisalas In reply to Damn.

it pays off to hold back.

It's not like I'd fit a questionable one as the first, right?
Nor as second... for that matter.

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Nope... you're usually going forwards... right?

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Why?

The better set has More Grip(Friction).
If they're in the front, which end will strive to continue the trajectory more, and what will it do to your control?
And if the rear end has more friction?

It's rock solid.

Unless you're doing 185 in reverse (as is statistically the safeste, most likely).

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"which end will strive to continue the trajectory more,"

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Nope... you're usually go ...

The front. That's where the heaviest part (the engine) is located. Even if the gas tank is full (16 gallon tank x 6 pounds per gallon), you're adding less than 150 pounds in rear. Larger tanks in trucks are usually mounted midframe, moving the weight even closer to the front.

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by AnsuGisalas In reply to "which end will strive to ...

The front end will, when you try to brake on a slippery road, brake more effectively (on account of the better set of wheels you put on there)... whereas the rear end will brake less effectively, causing your car to start swerving, then spinning.
Mass distribution doesn't play a big role... remember Galileo?

If you put the better wheels in the back, you'll get an automatic stabilizing effect. Braking will automagically help towards keeping your nose end forwards.

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As I mentioned in the other thread

by JamesRL In reply to Nope

I've experienced this myself, and learned the hard way. Having the good tires up front was almost a tragedy.

Did you not get enough snow to test this out?

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by CharlieSpencer In reply to As I mentioned in the oth ...

What's that?

I freely admit to minimal experience in this matter, and an avowed determination to never gain any more. I normally replace all my tires at the same time and rotate them regularly; none of them are 'better' than the others. Similar tires and a near religious avoidance of frozen conditions means this discussion is of only academic interest to me.

I wanted to hear the reasoning, and now I have.

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Liquid water is worse...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Snow?

Waterplaning. Tires with low treads have zero traction and zero braking power when they're slipping across the surface of the water.
If they're all equally good, you're not as well off as if the back ones are better, you'll rotate randomly.
Rotating all the way around just isn't a good idea. And what's more, if you keep the better ones on the rear, you only have to buy two new tires at a time.

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