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      11-14-2012, 11:02 PM   #23
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any thoughts on replacing 2 vs 4? on some AWD vehicles must replace 4 but XDrive is not symmetrical

could use some help here, i have not rotated at exactly 14,000 and have some serious wear on the fronts - backs are in good shape. I drive in sport mode and drive hard all the time
Did you rotate at all? If not-which tyres wore the fastest - front or rear?

I would put the 2 best tyres (remaining) in front - and 2 new tyres at rear.

When eventually replacing "original" fronts. - I would put brand new ones at the rear and the "previously" new ones to the front.

Thereafter try to rotate. @ 8000 - 10 000 km and note if better results achieved.

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      11-14-2012, 11:05 PM   #24
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thank you - 14,000mi never rotated, both fronts worn on the outer edge, may be beyond rotation - i should have done it but I didn't.

so you are saying buy 2 new rears and move the rears to the front, then rotate them?

anyone else have advice on this? my X3 is going to want rear brakes soon - so hopefully can do them same time (computer says 1400 mi til rear brakes)

FYI I have a 35i in sport mode (chassis only) almost all city driving and i drive hard.
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      11-14-2012, 11:29 PM   #25
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thank you - 14,000mi never rotated, both fronts worn on the outer edge, may be beyond rotation - i should have done it but I didn't.

so you are saying buy 2 new rears and move the rears to the front, then rotate them?

anyone else have advice on this? my X3 is going to want rear brakes soon - so hopefully can do them same time (computer says 1400 mi til rear brakes)

FYI I have a 35i in sport mode (chassis only) almost all city driving and i drive hard.
Yes. But while at it - ask for alignment check on all 4 wheels. Fronts in general tend to misalign more easily.
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      11-17-2012, 12:11 AM   #26
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I drove past my service center today so I stopped in and talked to a service adviser about tires. He agreed, buy 2 new rear, move existing rear to front, 4 wheel alignment, also said my fronts have a few thousand miles yet (don't do anything just yet...) and the left is a bit worse than the right .

i think the reason i haven't rotated more than anything, my X3 has been in for service exactly once - for an oil change at about 7000mi. was too soon to rotate and I haven't had cause to go back for service at all.
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Rotating wheels between axles:

The manufacturer of your vehicle advises against swapping wheels between the front and rear axles.
This can impair the handling characteristics.
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      12-22-2013, 10:02 AM   #28
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I always thought this was only the case for cars with staggered tire sizes.
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I always thought this was only the case for cars with staggered tire sizes.
No, it is for same size all around too. Rationale is that the wear patterns are different and rotating tires can compromise the optimal contact patch with the road, at worst causing insufficient stickyness with the road when needed (read: over/understeer) and at very least causing bad road feedback at the steering wheel.
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My advice: if the setup is not staggered, they should be rotated. Directional pattern issues only impact traction in the wet, if ever.
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No rotation issues if move front to back etc.
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