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Unread 16th August 2018, 01:58 AM
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I don't do much off-bitumen driving, so steels vs alloy is not an issue for me. My spare is still the original Geolander from new. I have another spare in the shed - bought it for a longish dirt trip some years ago. In any case my spares are 215/60-16, while I have 225/60-16 on the car. If I had to put a spare on, I would go slow because of the different diameters.

Anyway, move the rears to the front, same side, move the fronts to the rear, swap sides.
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6 alloy rims and tyres and rotate all 6 every 5000 kms.
I need all the exercise I can get.........
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My Forester came with 4 alloys and a steel spare. I sold them all and got 5 steel 16 inch wheels as I believe steels are better for off road. Although they are heavier, a big hammer can fix some damage. If you damage an alloy on rocks when tyres are at low pressure you can't use it for the rest of the trip.

Hypothetically. But I have not heard of severely damaged stock Subaru alloys or quality aftermarket alloys.

The difference in weight can be massive and the on road gains accordingly huge. I used 18lb Enkei Racing wheels on the Outback vs 30lb for my full size spare, which was steel.

The powertrain will love the lighter wheels, especially if wearing heavy tires.
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I do a 5 wheel rotation every 10,000ks
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Just did my first 6 wheel rotation. apparently they should be done every 5000km or six months, whichever comes first according to Bridgestone.
Seeing as it's free, I'm happy with that.
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Update: I have just purchased an extra 16x6.5" SH wheel and will go with the 5-tyre rotation. I can do the rotation myself but it comes free with the purchase of new tyres, as well. I will be getting a set anytime within the next 5000 kms and will be in the 215/65 R16 size.
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Unread 30th August 2018, 08:04 AM
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Not tempted to go for six to ensure even tread on both sides?
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Unread 30th August 2018, 10:18 PM
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I will try this method first and do the rotation every 5000 kms, making sure that the differences are well below 1.6 mm. I would put the spare in the car so a least I get to put something that is within the tolerance when needed.

I was surely tempted, though, when I saw your post about the 6-tyre rotation but I will practice 5-tyre one as my front-left wears much more quickly than the front-right, at the moment. When I lived in the countryside, the vehicles I used have more even wear in the front but even though I am in the northern fringe now, it's roundabouts galore. Cheers.
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