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Swapping wheels

Hello everyone,

Just clocked 5'000km on my new Toyo Open Countries A/T+ tires and want to swap them from front to back and vice versa to decrease wear.

Can I just bring front left to back left and front right to back right, or do I also need to swap them left/right?

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Keep the tyres running in the same direction that they started in.

So, front left to back left and front right to back right.

It's a good time to pull any stones out of the the treads and inspect for any usual wear patterns.
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Tourers normally wear their tyres evenly so there should be no need to move tyres at all.

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@flash 365: thanks, will do!

@noobytoogy : mine doesn't, front wears significantly faster: more uneven weight distribution on a V10 than a V6? I do notice that my front tires always seem to be more "squished" due to the weight on the front of the car, even if they have the correct PSI.
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Sensible to rotate then since, as you probably know, you need to keep the tread depths matched to within 3mm between the front and rear axles.

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@noobytoogy : ? I do notice that my front tires always seem to be more "squished" due to the weight on the front of the car, even if they have the correct PSI.
"correct psi" is a subjective thing.

Is the tread depth even across the tread?

What size tyre and what psi?
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you need to keep the tread depths matched to within 3mm between the front and rear axles.
Do you have a viscous coupled cenre diff?
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255/55R18 - 2.7 bar front, 3.1 bar back, I think. I followed VW's recommendation for heavy load found inside the driver's door.

As for the question regarding viscous coupled center diff... No idea, unfortunately!
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255/55R18 - 2.7 bar front, 3.1 bar back, I think. I followed VW's recommendation for heavy load found inside the driver's door.
If you are getting even tread wear across your tread at 3.1 bar it might be a good idea to put that in the front too. I personally like the tyres hard and make the suspension do more work, as long as tread wears evenly.
If the middle or the edges of the tread is wearing faster then the tyre isn't gripping properly.

Tyres sun a bit cooler with higher pressures too - within reason of course.
That's one reason why I stayed away from Goodyears for so long, they were always a soft tyre and more pressure didn't help. They seem to be better now.

I take more notice of what the tyre manufacturer recommends for tyre pressure rather than what the vehicle manufacturer says.

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As for the question regarding viscous coupled center diff... No idea, unfortunately!
No, you don't have a VC centre diff.

I was having a go at noobytoogy and his attention to equal tread depth.

Mismatched tyre height is a problem for VC diffs; the uneven rotation speed between the input and output causes a massive heat buildup in the silicone fluid and it hardens the fluid.
When that happens the unit stops acting as a differential gear and locks up.
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Awesome, I'll start experimenting with different pressures on the front tires. Thanks for taking the time to get back to me guys!
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