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Had new tyres put on (Continental Sport contact 2) in January 2015. Fronts are gone but rears don't seem too bad.

Can get 2 Pirelli P7s from Blackcircles fitted for just over £60 each which seems great.

My question is, am I okay just whacking them on the front and leaving the back as they are or should I rotate? Blackcircles said not important but if want to rotate then the garage will charge more and will have to ask them.

Does it matter?

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Strictly speaking you should put the new pair on the back.
But if I was in your position I'd put the new on the front. Then wait until they are worn more than the rears and swap them front to rear at that point.
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Personally I'd rotate them...

New on the rears, and move the part-worn to the front.. I'd be surprised if the garage charged much for it.. Hardly a time consuming job for a tyre shop...
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I'd put the new ones on the back as well. Tyre companies all advise that it's better to have a grippier back end, so if there is a loss of grip the front goes first which for the average driver is a lot easier to control. Plenty of stuff online about it, this is a good example which makes the point well: Should you fit new tyres to the front or rear?

For a short period of time recently I had a good set on the front and a cheap set on the back (knowing I needed to sort it but being slow about doing so!), a little bit of throttle coming round the corner at the top of a slip road on a damp morning and before I knew it I was facing back down said slip road! Fortunately nothing else was around so no harm done, but it was certainly a good illustration of the point.
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Blimey. a tyre thread where everyone is agreeing with each other :-)
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Originally Posted by Rockhopper View Post
Blimey. a tyre thread where everyone is agreeing with each other :-)
Good point Rock. For the sake of a presenting a balanced argument;

Best tyres always on front.

(and by best I mean Goodride, Highperforma or some such generic sub £50 tyre)

Joking aside branded for £60 a corner sounds very cheap.
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I'm always confused by the argument that the average driver can sort out understeer more easily than oversteer......I've been doing skid-car instruction for the last few years, and I'd estimate that 80+% of the customers had no idea how to correctly react to understeer, whereas most people do instinctively do the right thing with oversteer (and the car helps....). Certainly the vast majority of people got the hang of oversteer correction a lot more easily than understeer.......

Even though I've had a lot of practice, I'm much happier with oversteer, so best tyres on the front for me, particularly with a front-wheel drive.

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Thanks for the comments, I just put them on the front, the rear ones were still in good condition so thought it would be easier, interested to see the comment above too, never thought of it that way but makes sense
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