New tyres go on rear of car
I can't find it at the moment but there's a thread somewhere where a discussion takes place about which tyres on your car should be replaced when buying new ones. The thread contains links to various web sites (RAC and Fifth Gear from memory) where it is concluded that new tyres should always go on the rear of the car. The thinking is that when loosing grip in a corner it is better to have the traction at the rear as this will cause the car to understeer, which is easier to control than if the back suddenly slides out causing massive oversteer.
I understand the reason, but I'm not sure I agree. The recommendation is based purely on loosing control whilst driving round a corner which seems a bit limited. My Alfa, like most is front wheel drive. In all the snow we've had recently I sometimes struggled to get traction whilst pulling away. In this case I would have thought it was better to have the new tyres on the front of the car as there's little point having all the grip at the back if the front tyres are spinning wildy. This is especially so when trying to climb a gradient.
Secondly what about stopping in a straight line? When this occurs a large proportion of the weight of the vehicle is thrown forwards causing the front wheels to do considerably more breaking than the rear. This is why the front disks are always much beefier than the rear [obv]. Once again why have the new grippy tyres on the rear and the worn out ones at the front? Surely you want the maximum surface grip at the end of the car which is doing the most breaking?
I've just bought some Uniroyal RainSport 2 tyres based on various recommendations on this site, and I had them put on the front. I'll let you know whether I end up half way up a tree in due course, but for now what do you all think?
Last edited by DanBoy24; 14-01-10 at 10:31.