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Old 04-19-2009, 08:43 AM   #1
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:02 AM   #2
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I've never done it but some people will flip a rear track tire to get more life out of it. For example, TWS (Texas World Speedway) will eat the left side of a rear tire much more quickly than the right side so some people will flip it to use the 'unused' rubber on the other side. I have heard that the direction indicator is more for rain purposes than structural reasons but don't know for sure.
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i think it depends on the type and brand tire more then anything
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I've never done it but some people will flip a rear track tire to get more life out of it. For example, TWS (Texas World Speedway) will eat the left side of a rear tire much more quickly than the right side so some people will flip it to use the 'unused' rubber on the other side. I have heard that the direction indicator is more for rain purposes than structural reasons but don't know for sure.
The tread pattern direction is for water dispersal and I would never reverse one for street use because you never know when rain will catch you.
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Do a search on this forum as we've already discussed the subject. I'd do for you but I'm on my mobile.
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Old 04-19-2009, 10:26 AM   #6
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Being that only members of this forum are dumb enough to do it ...Here's the question ..Who have had a rear tire on backwards or thread reversed mounted on their bike .. You know the arrow going backwards ...i've done 2 it times makes me double stupid.. But i did it on purpose and found grip to be the same but mileage was alot better ..
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Answer: Doesn't actually matter on most modern tires, other than for tread pattern. Most tires are 0 degree belt construction, so construction of tire doesn't dictate direction as it used to. Check with your tire maker to be 100% sure, though. Tread pattern is important with regard to direction for optimum effectivity.

For slicks, the direction arrow has no relevance at all, but is kept there to basically keep the mind of the consumer at ease.
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Old 04-19-2009, 07:10 PM   #7
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cuz when you ride a tire forward the tire wears out.

if you ride it in reverse it puts the tread back on.


but that is interesting; especially since the backwards tire was between two normal directional tires. So we can assume you rode the same way on all three.
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I TESTED Metzler M3's i put them on correct and rode till tire needed replacing got around 3k street miles .. then by accident 1 was mounted wrong (by a tire shop i took the rim in ) so i rode on it and got 5k miles .. so i then tried it again on purpose to test and got similar results ... i rode thru rain cold and heat , track , street ,and dyno's on both tires mounted either way ... and i got better tire life mounted backwards ..
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I've never done it but some people will flip a rear track tire to get more life out of it. For example, TWS (Texas World Speedway) will eat the left side of a rear tire much more quickly than the right side so some people will flip it to use the 'unused' rubber on the other side.
Truth, I did it at TWS (Texas World Speedway), just remember, the tire doesn't get very good traction when your off-track and trying get back on
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cuz when you ride a tire forward the tire wears out.

if you ride it in reverse it puts the tread back on.



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