Bullitt Tire Rotation

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    I rotated my '08 Bullitt's wheels in the 'traditional' fashion (front-to-rear, rears crossover). Obviously, that can't be done with two different wheel/tire sizes; what are you all doing for rotations, if anything? I expect the rears to wear out before the fronts, so replacing just the rears shouldn't be as financially painful as buying a full set.

    I checked today, and at about 6,500 miles wear is pretty even; 7-8/32nds depth left in all grooves. I run 32psi front and 31psi rear and don't hoon much if at all (okay, occasionally).
     
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    I think you’ve answered your own question
     
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    Maybe, but I was just wondering if there's any point rotating side-to-side. Or, maybe the Magneride keeps the rubber planted well enough that it's not necessary.
     
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    Is there any point in switching left to right?
     
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    There was a time it was considered a bad idea, something about 'unwinding' the radial plies. But, haven't heard that in a while.

    I don't remember seeing tire rotation in the owner's manual, but I haven't had it out in a while. Anybody have a shop manual? I'll call my tire shop tomorrow and see what they recommend.
     
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    Pg 274 in the mustangs owner manual state tires with different size tires on front and rear axle are to be rotated side to side. For as long as I can remember that was a “no-no” do to what you said. Radial belts.. yet every owners manual I ever seen recommended criss cross pattern ( usually front straight to the rear, rears cross cross to the fronts but not always) unless it was staggered. Maybe that was something with first generation radials? I know a lot of people that cross cross for the life of their tires with zero issues. I haven’t been able to rotate tires for 7 years or so due to staggered and directional though I have actually dismounted tires to swap sides. Even my Focus ST couldn’t, same size tires front and rear but different offsets for the wheels.
     
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    When I go in got my next service (Spring). I will get them to rotate side to side per the Ford service dept. recommendation.
     
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    It may be slight, but over a few thousand miles road camber might wear the 'downhill' tires a little more than the 'uphill.'
     
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    You won’t be able to swop side to side due to the tyres being rotational, I’m resigned to just buying new tyres as required
     
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    Every performance tire I've ever had was uni-directional so you can't swap side to side. It turns them around. Haven't checked these, but I'd be very surprised if they weren't.
     
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    I've never rotated tires on a vehicle that had staggered tires. Frankly, never found a need.
     
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    That are probably unidirectional tires so you can’t rotate front or rear tires
    Hi - The Michelins on my Bullitt are not uni-directional unlike my last Corvette. Soooo, I guess it’s our choice. I sort of like the idea of rotating them... Bruce
     
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    I have Pilot Sport 4S's on my vehicle. I tried to Google-fu it but failed. Not sure if they are directional or not.

    I do have a square setup I run Dec-Mar so I rotate them when they get reinstalled each year.
     
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    If you look at the tire it will have arrows on the sidewall if it is unidirectional... Bruce
     
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    Ya...might as well curb up all 4 wheels!!! Personally I think it’s a waste of time....just buy new tires when needed!! ..l.new wheels and tires for me over the winter.... McQueen 20’s !!
     
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    It's not worth rotating them. You have to dismount the tires and swap them on the wheels so they will maintain the same direction. Just drive them until they wear out and replace. You might get an extra thousand or so miles by going through the hassle of rotating them. Not worth the time commitment for me to sit at the tire shop to get this done.
     
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    I hear what you’re saying...this applies only to Uni-directional tires!, stock 2019 BULLITT wheels can be swapped side to side on the same wheels.....I believe?? Right??
     
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    You are correct, I got rid of the stock tires a while back so forgot. The MP4S are not uni-directional, they are only indicated as inside/outside. No issues with swapping them side to side.
     
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    Hi - My dealership gives me a first oil change and rotation free, so why not. After that it’s $7 dollars extra for the rotation, which is reasonable and I will likely only be changing oil once a year at about 5,000 miles given that the car is off the road for the 5 winter months. I don’t have any idea what kind of milage to expect out of these tires under ideal conditions, but with the annual miles I do I will likely be buying new tires before these are fully used up because the ride deteriorates with too many years of use as the tires age and loose their resilience. At least that was my experience with the Vette that I had for 20 years. There was always a distinct improvement in ride when I put new tires on in spite of their not being worn out tread-wise. I’m pleased with the Michelin’s thus far, but I only use the car for pleasure driving. They are definitely quieter than the all season tires on my other vehicles... Bruce
     
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    The way things are going, I don't think my tires will make it 10,000 miles...
     
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