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    Hi guys,

    Just looking for a bit of advise, I need two new tyres as my rears are very worn. I'm going to put my fronts to my rear and put two new tyres on the front.

    I had all my wheels balanced/aligned a couple of months ago and the car drives perfectly right now. My question is, if I put two new tyres on the front and move my current front tyres to the rear, am I going to need to have everything aligned again? Or will it be ok?

    Sorry for the noobie question, first time really having to go through the whole procedure of changing tyres lol

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    Yes no two tyres are alike even from the same batch each one is a bit different if you don't do it your new tyres won't last very long you will get excessive wear on one edge depending on if they are towing out or in

    Even more so given the fact your last alignment was a few months ago your tracking has probably already moved due to potholes speed bumps etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andyb712 View Post
    Yes no two tyres are alike even from the same batch each one is a bit different if you don't do it your new tyres won't last very long you will get excessive wear on one edge depending on if they are towing out or in

    Even more so given the fact your last alignment was a few months ago your tracking has probably already moved due to potholes speed bumps etc
    Alright cheers mate, so I should get all four tyres tracked?? How much should I expect to pay for that?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Andyb712 View Post
    Yes no two tyres are alike even from the same batch each one is a bit different if you don't do it your new tyres won't last very long you will get excessive wear on one edge depending on if they are towing out or in

    Even more so given the fact your last alignment was a few months ago your tracking has probably already moved due to potholes speed bumps etc
    What - you recommend having wheel alignment done everytime you change tires?

    Thats just madness and a tremendous waste of money!

    I agree that tracking may have drifted out over time but really people get too hung up on wheel alignment...unless its stupidly out (to the point you can actually see it standing in front of the car) you'll easily burn through new tyres due normal mileage/wear-tear rather than from alignment being out. Seriously.

    Add to the fact the OP only had it done a few months no way should anyone be telling him to blow another £60 to have it done again so soon.
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    £60? I pay 25 at local tyre shop most places charge 30

    On a cheap run about with 14's on maybe i'd agree but for the price of vxr tyres I would not risk ruining them for the sake of trying to save £25-30 thats a false economy to me

    Even more so considering our tyres average at around £125 each

    Even budget brands are around 70 each

    And for clarification are we talking hunter hawkeye with printout etc or laser alignment because im saying laser alignment not hawkeye
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    Most places offer a free check anyway so no harm getting it checked!
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    Yeah I guess I'll get it checked and then maybe look at getting it re-aligned depending on that. Currently torn between the vredestein ultrac vorti and the Eagle F1 asymmetric 3...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andyb712 View Post
    £60? I pay 25 at local tyre shop most places charge 30

    On a cheap run about with 14's on maybe i'd agree but for the price of vxr tyres I would not risk ruining them for the sake of trying to save £25-30 thats a false economy to me

    Even more so considering our tyres average at around £125 each

    Even budget brands are around 70 each

    And for clarification are we talking hunter hawkeye with printout etc or laser alignment because im saying laser alignment not hawkeye
    Its £50-60 for 4 wheel alignment most places up here, and has been for many a year.

    if you can get it free or for for £30 then perhaps its an idea.

    I personally wouldn't bother spending the money or time if the car is behaving itself..."for clarification" i fit my own tyres and do my own alignment and even on wheel alignment has never been a real issue after changing rubber, even on lowered cars.

    I'm just not into flushing money away for no reason.

    Suggestion to the OP: why not fit your tyres and run them for a few weeks? It should be fairly obvious from looking at the tread and how the car drives if it needs alignment
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    If you pay that then fair enough can see why your reluctant to spend it if I'm desperate my mate at vauxhall does it on Saturday mornings for £10 but i guess I'm lucky in that respect

    But as the op has said he is getting decent quality so I would do it no doubt

    But at the end of the day he can make his own mind up now he has a few opinions to go off
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    Quote Originally Posted by u33db View Post
    Its £50-60 for 4 wheel alignment most places up here, and has been for many a year.

    if you can get it free or for for £30 then perhaps its an idea.

    I personally wouldn't bother spending the money or time if the car is behaving itself..."for clarification" i fit my own tyres and do my own alignment and even on wheel alignment has never been a real issue after changing rubber, even on lowered cars.

    I'm just not into flushing money away for no reason.

    Suggestion to the OP: why not fit your tyres and run them for a few weeks? It should be fairly obvious from looking at the tread and how the car drives if it needs alignment
    Your lucky £100 for that down here then it doesn’t drive straight so gave up and do it myself instead.

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