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Old 07-09-2009, 10:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, I got a new set of rims and put on some Toyo Proxes FZ4's.

My question is.. I did not even pay attention until today, the tires say right on 2 and left on the other 2.

How important is it that I follow that suggestion? or is that just there so you remember incase you take them off so you know what wheel go'ss to what side?

I ask because I realized that the back left say RIGHT on it and the from right say LEFT.

My other concern is that I've already driven about 15-20 miles on them so if I do need to follow the left/right suggestions on the side of the tires, is it to late since i would be changing the rotation of the tires to the opposite way even with that little miles? I don't want to screw the new tires up at all.


Next question. I forogt to put the hubcentric rings the wheels came with (73.00mm/67.10mm) on out of excitement to get the wheels on the car.. Are these a must have on thing?
I get no vibratng a high speeds and they seem to be center on. But then again youcant always judge by sight.
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Its just because you have a directional tire. If they're put on right, "right" will be written on the right side tires and "left" on the lefts. If you would look on the inside of the tire, you would see it says the opposite.

And you don't NEED the rings if you use a correct torquing patern and make sure the wheel is centered on the hub, the rings just make it easier
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then there is no need to swap the tire that says right over to the right side then?
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Its just because you have a directional tire. If they're put on right, "right" will be written on the right side tires and "left" on the lefts. If you would look on the inside of the tire, you would see it says the opposite.[/b]
Directional tires usually have an arrow showing rotation direction on the sidewall. I've never seen (symmetric) directional tires state right/left, but I suppose they could.

There are tires on the market that are both directional and have asymmetric tread. Since these have a defined inside and outside and a set rotational direction, you need two "left" tires and two "right" tires when purchasing a set. Such tires are rare, and I've found nothing to suggest the Toyo Proxes FZ4 fall in this category.

The Proxes FZ4 appear to be conventional directional tires, and can be mounted on either side of the car as long as they rotate in the correct direction. The direction of the tread pattern should make it obvious if a tire is mounted rotating the wrong way.
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Directional tires usually have an arrow showing rotation direction on the sidewall. I've never seen (symmetric) directional tires state right/left, but I suppose they could.

There are tires on the market that are both directional and have asymmetric tread. Since these have a defined inside and outside and a set rotational direction, you need two "left" tires and two "right" tires when purchasing a set. Such tires are rare, and I've found nothing to suggest the Toyo Proxes FZ4 fall in this category.

The Proxes FZ4 appear to be conventional directional tires, and can be mounted on either side of the car as long as they rotate in the correct direction. The direction of the tread pattern should make it obvious if a tire is mounted rotating the wrong way.[/b]

Look for an arrow and make sure it is pointing towards the front of the car! If there is no arrow. Do what was mentioned and check the inside and see if there is a left labeled on it visa versa for the other side. A directional tire the wrong way will kill your traction....
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Toyo FZ4 are uni-directional. The water won't channel out properly if you have them on the wrong side. I just threw away a set the other day. If it helps, look at the treads. Notice how it has an arrow like "V" shape. The arrow like "V" shape should be pointing towards the front of the car.
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ok cool. thanks for the help. I'm going to correct it tonight. I jsut got a head of myself when installing them and didn't even pay attention
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post pic of ur new rims..
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