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Old 01-18-2009, 06:17 PM   #55
Paradox Pete
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Location: Inland Wash. state near Can. border
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Directional tires (arrow on sidewall)

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Originally Posted by kodiakfrank
I'm not clear on why you say the tire needs to run backwards. The direction of rotation is the same for the front and rear wheels.

Can you please clearify your statement/reasoning for me?
Frank,
A few tires have an arrow or similar caution that they are "directional" (like chevron tractor tires) and will load up/not "clean out" if turned back wards.
Because your front wheel is NOT "driven", except by the ground pushing against it, you need to figure the road surface is "driving" it instead of a drive chain.
So, if you wind-up with a good gnarly tread tire on the front that was made to be used on the rear wheel, if it says "directional", it may work better/be more tended to "clean out" rather than pack mud into itself, if it is run "backwards" to the indicated direction of rotation.

Most tires are not directional, so I have caused some confusion probably for nothing....(Mea culpa)

Some of the auotmotive winter tires like Frank COlver used on the rear of his three wheeled T-Dub ARE directional, and that mebbe put the thought into my warped mind.

Paradox Pete
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