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    Hiya, I'm getting 2 nice new Falken ZE912's put onto my car. I currently have some Economy tyres on the fronts which are in good condition (about 5mm of tread on them) and on the rear I have some Pirelli P Zeros that need replacement. The pirelli's were too high a profile and are rubbing on dips and speed bumps when I've got weight in the back. (I think they were 255/45/18's... yeah massive)

    Now I want to know whether I should put my new Falkens on the front rather than the rear?

    The fronts are 235/40/18's and my Falkens I've ordered are 225/40/18 (because they are £20 cheaper than the 235's)

    Thanks in advance.

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    Personally, I would move the two fronts you got now, onto the rear, and your two new tyres on the front

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    put the new on the front and the current front tyres on the rear

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    What I had figured. Majority of brake bias is on the front too is it not?

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    It's usualy advised to put the tyres with the best grip on the back of the car, as putting them on the front could cause the car to oversteer. I have had it happen to me on a wet road where the back attempted to overtake the front - not a nice feeling.

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    New/the tyre with the most tread should always go to the rear on a front wheel drive !,the rear has the least load and you have the least control over it if you were to loose grip,but as you've ordered a smaller tyre i'd take the advice of the tyre fitter due also to the mix of makes on the car.

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    As above, get them on the rear, much better handling characteristics

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    Quote Originally Posted by krh134 View Post
    It's usualy advised to put the tyres with the best grip on the back of the car, as putting them on the front could cause the car to oversteer. I have had it happen to me on a wet road where the back attempted to overtake the front - not a nice feeling.
    You can type quicker than me !

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    Mixed opinions then! I'll see what the fitter says at the time. I've not actually had grip problems with the front's though i did get some awful oversteer from the Pirelli's. Coincidently I've read that the P-Zero's are ditch finders in the wet anyway, even from new =/

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickydoos View Post
    Mixed opinions then! I'll see what the fitter says at the time. I've not actually had grip problems with the front's though i did get some awful oversteer from the Pirelli's. Coincidently I've read that the P-Zero's are ditch finders in the wet anyway, even from new =/
    I'd need to disagree with the p-zeros doing that. I wouldnt buy them myself, I stick to falken, but they're on the car from when i got it, Have been out in some horrendous weather, I like pushing in to the corners and they've never let go

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