They should put them where they used to put them on "real " pickups -
side-mount right behind the driver's door, in front of the fender (or
in the front of the fender) and outside the box - like on my '57 Fargo
On Sat, 04 Sep 2010 00:38:40 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Mine's been where it is for over 40 years with no corrosion issues ;) I
can see why they put them where they do on modern trucks, but I do wish
they'd give the hardware a bit more shileding and whatever so that it
does work when you need it (otherwise there's little point in having a
spare at all!)
(Truck I mentioned having in the Aussie outback had a whole winch system
for lowering the spare from the underside - it was a new vehicle when I
had it, so it worked when I needed it, but I didn't fancy the chances of
it lasting more than a few years before it either broke or jammed up
I've needed a couple in the last decade - one on a 1970s car due to
internal corrosion of the alloy wheels (I was staying at a friend's house
and came out the next morning to find I had a flat - the garage fixed it
by tubing it) and once on a truck in the middle of the Australian outback
(changing a tire in 140 degree heat is really not fun!)
Back to the original (off-topic) subject:
I'd rather lose traction in the rear of the car, and have some hope of
steering, rather than lose traction in front and have no control over
It's all well and good to say that if you hydroplane in the front
you'll probably continue straight, except the roads around here aren't
straight. Straight into a guardrail isn't a preferred alternative.
Another reason to put the newer tires in front-- if you put the old
tires in front they'll wear out faster meaning even less tread in
front after a few months. Plus the aforementioned preference for a
rear flat vs. a front flat.
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Think about what you just said.
As the extra weight shifts to the front, the weight will increase the
traction. Therefore, the increased traction compensates for the less
tread. I can't shift weight to the rear, so the rear tires have more
chance of skidding if they have less tread.
Besides, most drivers can control a skidding front end better than a
skidding rear end. Therefore it makes more sense to do our best to
keep the rear end from skidding.
Let's keep in mind that we're not talking bald tires vs. brand new. If
anyone is driving on unsafe tires, then all bets are off.
Look, it's not just me making this argument. Please find me a modern,
credible site that says the best tires go on the front. I know that
that used to be the conventional thinking and even I was surprised to
see a sign stating that in a tire shop a few months ago.
Times - and wisdom - change.
Exactly so...we were taught that the best tread should be on the front
for winter driving if we couldn't afford four new tires...now we are
told otherwise and the tire salesman say get ALL four winter tires to
Since when most cars were rear drive and we were taught how to drive,
things have changed. My present vehicle has front wheel drive and it
took a while to get used to this.
Of course they wouldn't have any other motivation to sell four tires rather
than two, right? Costco wouldn't sell two snow tires, some years back. All
tires had to be matched. I let my membership lapse shortly after.
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