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Old 05-23-2007, 04:04 AM   #1
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Has anyone experinced adnormal tire wear on their tote? 04 jeep limited pull behind an 04 DS with a blue ox tow bar. Front and rear tires culp and center tread wears much faster than other threads. Properly alined and tire pressure. Tires have to be changed out at 8k to 10k miles. Aubie
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Has anyone experinced adnormal tire wear on their tote? 04 jeep limited pull behind an 04 DS with a blue ox tow bar. Front and rear tires culp and center tread wears much faster than other threads. Properly alined and tire pressure. Tires have to be changed out at 8k to 10k miles. Aubie
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Old 05-23-2007, 11:55 AM   #3
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Do you have stock-sized tires, or aftermarket tires and wheels?

I am towing an '07 Wrangler with an a-frame towbar - stock tires and wheels. Have not seen any signs of abnormal wear.

I am looking for new tires and wheels, however, and am curious if others are having wear issues with different setups.


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Old 05-23-2007, 12:22 PM   #4
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We have an 04 Jeep Liberty with stock tires we pull behind our motorhome with a Roadmaster tow bar. We have driven it about 32,000 miles and have pulled it an additional 5,000 miles and have no uneven or unusual tire wear.
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Old 05-23-2007, 08:06 PM   #5
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Center tread wear suggests over-inflation of the tires.

I'm not sure what "culp" means, but edge wear is typically an alignment problem. I'd suggest a 4 wheel alignment as the first step, even if it just eliminates alignment as a possible culprit.
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Old 05-24-2007, 09:58 AM   #6
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Oversize tires should not make any difference. I run 35x12.5 with not abnormal wear. I also don't run more than 26 lbs on the street (10-12 lbs off road).

My suggestion would be to get a 4-wheel alignment (just a front alignment will not do it).

Why? A front alignment will correct tire wear problems, as long as the vehicle is not towed. If the rear axle is not square with the front wheels and the front alignment is done, the vehicle will go down the road crab-wise. "Crab-wise" is a technical term that means the front axle is a little to the left or right of rear axle. Again, if not towing, this will be fine. However when you hook up the front bumper is going to be held rigidly square to the direction of travel, if the rear axle is not square to the front axle (actually the front bumper) the tires will not be rolling square and will scrub the rubber. The cupping is caused by the grabbing and releasing of the tire as it is pulled down the road.

Sometimes this behavior is significant enough to push the towing vehicle around. Especially the Workhorse leaf spring chassis with no track bars.

Seems like I need to do a diagram so that this is easier to understand.
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Rear axle mis-alignment diagram
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