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    Front tires wearing weird

    what would cause every other lug on my front tires to be worn more than the rest, its just on the inside. 35" km2's. 2" lift, poly ball joints and drag link, ruff stuff tie rod, reid knuckles. i had it alinged when i put the front axle in and they said it was within specs. should i have it checked again? i bought the axle used it already has knuckle gussets, inner sleeves and a small truss.

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    Bat Shit Crazy tcDawg's Avatar
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    Interested in this too.

    I have one tire on mine(37" MTR) that has that same sympton. When I was getting new tires on my truck about a month ago I asked the Discount Tire guy about it and he said "alignment". I don't buy that but I guess it could be right. Thing is, it was only on one tire up front. I told him I thought it was a balance issue and he said no. I had the wheels balanced and them rotated them anyway, the tire is not on the back, we'll see how it does.
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    My mom has the same issue on her stock rubi with the original KM's from Jeep. I noticed it the other day. She has a ton of miles on them and needs new ones anyway, I just though it was weird.

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    I get around gold knight's Avatar
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    How many miles since you rotated them? (mom's especially James). Sounds like normal tire cupping from having a straight axle. It shows up a lot worse on MT tires but it can do some funky things to street tires as well.

    I had never had a straight axle vehicle before other than my old truck that gets minimal use. I've seen the issue come up repeatedly on the forums. My original Goodyear SRa's said 6000 rotation from the factory literature but I found 3000 was about as far as I could push it. Most people warn 3000-5000 max between rotations or you will start to get cupping. When you rotate them it usually evens out if it's not too bad already.

    With the KM2's we have now I had several work trips back to back and lost track... went almost 10,000 miles :eek: The lugs on the front right not only wore that way but the tire developed a loud womp. So far it's been on the left rear and now on the front left with still a little womp at slow speeds. I'm looking forward to it resting on the tire carrier for a few k :rolleyes:

    EDIT> oh you said the inside of the tire. Mine was almost always on outside or both sides. And you guys are all veterans of Jeeps and forums so you probably know all that anyway. Forgot where I was for a minute lol.
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    Sounds like feathering. Must likey your toe is off and usually its to much toe in.
    Vehicles with straight front axles like ours tend to have a higher problem. Most alighnment shops will only set it at factory specs because thats all they know and thats what the computer tells them to do.
    This obviously does not work with lifted and or vehicles with larger tires. If you cant do.it yourself then find a shop that specializes in doing offroad vehicles NOT americas tire.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gold knight View Post
    How many miles since you rotated them? (mom's especially James)..
    Fuck, I don't know Larry. She gets them rotate with every oil change at her jeep dealer. She hass 55k on those tires so they are about fucked anyway. I just noticed it two weeks ago and thought hummmm.

    She is gonna get some new ones her in the next few weeks and I'll make sure to tell her to have them check the toe. She is stock so I guess stock specs should be in order? Plus she loves those KM's and she is hell bent on getting them again. Tried to talk her into at least the KM2's, but oh well.

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    I'll check my toe again. It has been over a year since I set it with the Tie Rod, think it was 1/8th in but I can't remember.

    I rotate my tires every 5000 miles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yogurt View Post
    Sounds like feathering. Must likey your toe is off and usually its to much toe in.
    Vehicles with straight front axles like ours tend to have a higher problem. Most alighnment shops will only set it at factory specs because thats all they know and thats what the computer tells them to do.
    This obviously does not work with lifted and or vehicles with larger tires. If you cant do.it yourself then find a shop that specializes in doing offroad vehicles NOT americas tire.


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    Bingo any tire wear on the inside of the tires throws a flag for alignment. It's good you've already replaced the ball joints, I still need to do that on my JK, they go to shit fast! At my alignment shop I always tell them to set it 1/8th toe in.

    The front tires on my Excursion started slightly cupping, I believe in my case it was strictly an air pressure issue on the steering tires that made it wear shitty, the front is VERY heavy. I had put about 10k miles on the truck since I bought it. Last month I added air and rotated them so the tires would spin in the opposite direction. Seems to have squared them back up. Since then, I've put almost another 4k miles on the truck and will probably rotate them again next month(ish).
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