Originally Posted by browneye
Sure it will. The traction for the front is for braking, for the rear is accellerating. They are opposite functions.
A tire will throw water either way as long as there are sipes.
Still, a lot of people doing this like to run in the direction indicated. I think it has something to do with their comfort zone. They're already breaking the laws of nature just by running a rear in front, then god help them if they ran it backwards.
So why most tires have almost the same treads design for the front and the rear?
By far the main function of the tire tread is to evacuate water.