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Old 01-12-2018, 04:10 PM   #1
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Better tires in front or rear?

I recently had to change my tires and I just chose some cheapo Argus Zenna UHP all seasons for my fronts because I needed something quick.

I then find some Michilen PSS that fit my rears for a good price and installed those.

My question is will the difference in tires be a big issue in the future?
Should the better tires be in the rear?

I drive a 350z for reference.
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I'd want the best tires on the front if I had to pick, turning and stopping are pretty important.
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^ I know, that's my intuitive answer ... front, but I've read many articles that says the better tires should be placed in the rear.

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Intuition suggests that since the front tires wore out first and because there is still about half of the tread remaining on the rear tires, the new tires should be installed on the front axle. This will provide more wet and wintry traction; and by the time the front tires have worn out for the second time, the rear tires will be worn out, too. However, in this case, intuition isn't right...and following it can be downright dangerous.

When tires are replaced in pairs in situations like these, the new tires should always be installed on the rear axle and the partially worn tires moved to the front. New tires on the rear axle help the driver more easily maintain control on wet roads since deeper treaded tires are better at resisting hydroplaning.
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Old 01-12-2018, 08:54 PM   #4
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First of all, you should not be mixing all season tires and UHP summer tires. Just like how you shouldn’t mix a/s and winters.

Second, normally you want the best tires in the rear. Braking distance and cornering you can control by having shitty front tires AND not driving like a twat. If you have bald front tires, in a corner you will understeer. Very predictable and easy to save by adjusting driving style. Bald rear tires and good fronts cause oversteer, which is way harder for the average driver to catch and control.

But, in this situation and assuming you drive well (since you have a 350 and are on a car forum) id put the PSS in the front and the el cheapo in the rear.
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Normally you will want to run your better tires on the rear for above reasons. I personally run better tires on the front.
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im starting to need new tires too. one rainy night i was driving and my rear spin while making a left turn and it slip a bit until i let go of the accelerator. its a rwd btw.
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