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Re: X Cross tire rotation pattern (archive)

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Posted by JOE ORDING on October 17, 2001 at 15:30:35:

In Reply to: X Cross tire rotation pattern posted by lee on October 16, 2001 at 22:49:14:

Quite a few BMWs these days come with staggered wheel/tire sizes, and I think that's the big reason why BMW doesn't recommend rotating them. I can imagine some jackass putting the bigger tires in front, driving around like a wanker and spinning into a school bus full of kids, because the handling characteristics were changed significantly, and then him and everyone who was in the vicinity of the accident suing BMW for the GDP of Germany because there was no express warning in the manual to NOT rotate the tires...

In another message there was a question about rotating tires. Officially, BMW says NO. However, my local independent BMW shop says yes and they do it in a X Cross pattern. Of course, this rotation does not apply to unidirectional tires. Earlier, some question whether this is correct saying it should be front to back and visa versa. I checked Tire Rack and they concur this rotation pattern stating: "On rear wheel or four wheel drive vehicles, rotate the tires in a rearward cross pattern (fig. C) or the alternative X pattern (fig. B)" For more go here:

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