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Directional vs. Non Directional Tires?

What are the benefits, if any, of using a directional MT tire over a non directional? I like to rotate the spare in and the rotation option is limited with a directional tire.

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Re: Directional vs. Non Directional Tires?

I see your point, regarding the spare. Seems like you'd have to have two spares to get even wear on both sides!

But, think of it this way, when it's time to buy new tires you'll only have to buy four...

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I see your point, regarding the spare. Seems like you'd have to have two spares to get even wear on both sides!

But, think of it this way, when it's time to buy new tires you'll only have to buy four...
If you like the tire and end up purchasing the same tire every time.

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Re: Directional vs. Non Directional Tires?

This may sound dumb , but we used non directional tires in the Marines so the enemy doesn't know wich direction your traveling.



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Re: Directional vs. Non Directional Tires?

Btw , them Mickey's are hot I have been looking at prices to get myself some of the same.



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This may sound dumb , but we used non directional tires in the Marines so the enemy doesn't know wich direction your traveling.
That actually sounds smart, never thought of that. Thanks for your service!

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Re: Directional vs. Non Directional Tires?

Since I have not had any other replies I did some searching and there does not seem to be a lot of info about the benefits of directional vs. non directional. This is what I have found so far.

1) The military uses non directional because they dont want you to know if they are coming or going.
2) Directional tires limit your choice of ratation.
3) Directional tires wear faster for a couple of reasons - Rotation limits & Tracking - Directionals tend to track every groove in the road & trail supposedly causing more wear on the tire.
4) Directional tires are supposed to expel water better on roads than non directional tires.
5) Directional tires are designed for better handleing because they track.

From what I can tell unless you live somewhere that is wet all the time or you on road race a non directional tire is a better choice.

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Re: Directional vs. Non Directional Tires?

all I can say is that I had a 81 chevy 4x4 with interco groundhogs and that thing would go places in 2 wheel drive that most trucks couldn't go in 4wheel drive that was the best tire I have ever had it would eat up Alabama mud and rocks

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Re: Directional vs. Non Directional Tires?

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What are the benefits, if any, of using a directional MT tire over a non directional? I like to rotate the spare in and the rotation option is limited with a directional tire.
I had a set of Baja Claws on my Jeep TJ. They worked great on the Rubicon and didn't go flat despite a couple of sidewall cuts.

I don't know if there's any particular "advantage" to having directional tire. It's just a function of the tread design. I'm sure you could find a non-directional tire that performs just as well. The non-directional tire also has the "advantage", as you've already mentioned, of being swapable on either side of the car, while a directional tire can be used on the same side only. In fact, you might have to switch an additional tire if the spare is going on the "wrong" side of the car.

Otherwise, I think it's just a question of your personal preference in the choice the tire. So, if you want Baja Claws, you're just going to get a directional tire whether you like it or not.

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Re: Directional vs. Non Directional Tires?

Matt, they look good. Other than that, I can't think of anything you haven't mentioned. I don't see myself ever getting directional tires. I like the five tire rotation too much.
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