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Old 02-28-2011
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Default New Tires, Steer vs. Drive

I am about to have 6 new tires mounted but before I do I need some advise.
The tire shop suggested 6 Dunlop 343sp for my 80-FC35.
From what I can see these are steer tires so I'm wondering if these would be the right type of tire for the drive axle as well?
Am I wasting $$$ here or would they be just fine on the drive axle?
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Old 02-28-2011
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More than likely they are recommending what they have available. I would ask around as you have on this forum and get other opinions.
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had them on my old fc run them no problem unless you are needing a traction tire in rocks gravel ect?
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You might want to consider an All Position Tire. That way you can move them around and not worry about mixed matched tires. A lot of folk replace their steering tires every few years, replacing the two fronts and move the older ones to the rears. I have mine on a 2 year replacement program, I will move my front to the rear this year and pull off two of the oldest off from the rear. This way you have your newest tires up front.
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I went with an inexpensive all position (Roadmaster RM185) on the drive axle and a higher end steer on the front (Continental's HSL2) They seem to drive fine.
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Manufactured dates are probably the most important thing.

Personally, I run Kumho's on the rears and Continentals and Bridgestones on the fronts. Whatever you buy, make sure they are not already 2 years old

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