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I installed the ROW M030 and had my car aligned at Porsche approx one year ago, and noticed that the inside portion of my rear tires (285's) is wearing much faster than normal.

I was wondering if Porsche sells a different piece for ROW cars that is more adjustable that the ones on our US cars?

It is significant enough that I am thinking of going back to stock 265's as well to see if that helps... What I don't want to do is pay for an alignment and new set of tires every year...

Suggestions?

Paul

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You mention that the inside wear is more than normal. Inside wear IS normal when you have a negative camber setting as per Porche's specs. The only way to reduce this uneven wear is to reduce the amount of camber. For street driving, you will not notice any difference in handling and your tires will last much longer. Your uneven wear will be the same whether you run 265's or 315's.

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You mention that the inside wear is more than normal. Inside wear IS normal when you have a negative camber setting as per Porche's specs. The only way to reduce this uneven wear is to reduce the amount of camber. For street driving, you will not notice any difference in handling and your tires will last much longer. Your uneven wear will be the same whether you run 265's or 315's.

May I jack into this thread please?

This weekend I pulled the rims to do a cleaning and noticed some unusual wear on all 4 tires.

The rears are in need of replacing soon and are smooth on the inside but according to this thread, the rear wear is normal.

But the fronts....now the fronts have a wear pattern on the inside that looks like cupping to me. That would certainly explain the recent hint of shaking on some really smooth streets. The car doesn't pull left or right at all but can there still be some way for me to know when the aligment is off before seeing wear?

(996 targa)

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Notice that a ROW type, before starting a alignment, the fuel tank most by top pet up to FULL. This is for 90% a forgotten item.

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Don't forget to rotate your tires...

Just because they are directional, doesn't mean they can't be rotated. You just have to have them flip the tires on the rims and then mount them on opposite sides.

Can nearly double the life of the tires.

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You mention that the inside wear is more than normal. Inside wear IS normal when you have a negative camber setting as per Porche's specs. The only way to reduce this uneven wear is to reduce the amount of camber. For street driving, you will not notice any difference in handling and your tires will last much longer. Your uneven wear will be the same whether you run 265's or 315's.

May I jack into this thread please?

This weekend I pulled the rims to do a cleaning and noticed some unusual wear on all 4 tires.

The rears are in need of replacing soon and are smooth on the inside but according to this thread, the rear wear is normal.

But the fronts....now the fronts have a wear pattern on the inside that looks like cupping to me. That would certainly explain the recent hint of shaking on some really smooth streets. The car doesn't pull left or right at all but can there still be some way for me to know when the aligment is off before seeing wear?

(996 targa)

Good chance your toe is off in the front.

And don't forget to rotate those puppies.

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I installed the ROW M030 and had my car aligned at Porsche approx one year ago, and noticed that the inside portion of my rear tires (285's) is wearing much faster than normal.

I was wondering if Porsche sells a different piece for ROW cars that is more adjustable that the ones on our US cars?

It is significant enough that I am thinking of going back to stock 265's as well to see if that helps... What I don't want to do is pay for an alignment and new set of tires every year...

Suggestions?

Paul

Paul, I too have the same wear pattern you describe in your note on the rears of my 02 C4S ( 295's). I am close to getting new tires and plan to set the negative camber in the rears to the minimum of the Porsche spec as I do not trackl the car where the negative camber helps with lateral traction and handling. my car has 26K miles and the fronts are original and the rears have already been replaced once ( soon to be third). have run Pirelli Rosso asymtrico and will not use them for this next replacement as many have referenced on this site the Pirelli's are a less favored and noisy.

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Don't forget to rotate your tires...

Just because they are directional, doesn't mean they can't be rotated. You just have to have them flip the tires on the rims and then mount them on opposite sides.

Can nearly double the life of the tires.

Why bother - I just use the classic X pattern rotation... Steering is a little odd, but its great on tire life... :soapbox: :clapping: :D

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Don't forget to rotate your tires...

Just because they are directional, doesn't mean they can't be rotated. You just have to have them flip the tires on the rims and then mount them on opposite sides.

Can nearly double the life of the tires.

Why bother - I just use the classic X pattern rotation... Steering is a little odd, but its great on tire life... :soapbox: :clapping: :D

You cannot rotate them in the X pattern since the front and back tires are of a different size. ONLY removal of back tires from the rim and reversing them will help even out the inside wear, but why bother?

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Don't forget to rotate your tires...

Just because they are directional, doesn't mean they can't be rotated. You just have to have them flip the tires on the rims and then mount them on opposite sides.

Can nearly double the life of the tires.

Why bother - I just use the classic X pattern rotation... Steering is a little odd, but its great on tire life... :soapbox: :clapping: :D

You cannot rotate them in the X pattern since the front and back tires are of a different size. ONLY removal of back tires from the rim and reversing them will help even out the inside wear, but why bother?

I think John from IL was joking...

I have heard of this rotation method in other car forums and have almost unanimously heard that it is not a good idea. The tires get a certain run in shape that you are working against once you move the tire to the other side. You will feel like you are running the car on the tires edge.

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Don't forget to rotate your tires...

Just because they are directional, doesn't mean they can't be rotated. You just have to have them flip the tires on the rims and then mount them on opposite sides.

Can nearly double the life of the tires.

Why bother - I just use the classic X pattern rotation... Steering is a little odd, but its great on tire life... :soapbox: :clapping: :D

You cannot rotate them in the X pattern since the front and back tires are of a different size. ONLY removal of back tires from the rim and reversing them will help even out the inside wear, but why bother?

I think John from IL was joking...

I have heard of this rotation method in other car forums and have almost unanimously heard that it is not a good idea. The tires get a certain run in shape that you are working against once you move the tire to the other side. You will feel like you are running the car on the tires edge.

Why bother? Why bother? How about nearly doubling the life of the tires, stupid.

Feel like you are on the edge of the tires? What a bunch of idiots.

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Not to start up this fight again, but...

I have Bridgestone Potenza RE050A Pole Position tires on my 2002 Carerra with the 18" "lightweight" wheels. Is there any reason I cannot rotate the wheels/tires side to side. I think the tires are "asymetrical" but not "directional" and I don't think the wheels are directional. Is this correct?

Thanks.

Mike

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