raine, are saying the fronts (going to cross rears) need to be dismounted & flipped in order to avoid being driven in opposite direction?
The *-statement seems to contradict what I 'thought' you were trying to say in first sentence.
I think I worded that wrong in my first reply. I re-read it and it's not as clear and slightly confusing, so I'll try again (for the both of us LOL)
Okay Lets "label" each tire for reference. I'm going to use my truck (4wd/Rwd) with KO2's. All 4 tires are the same size, all non-directional, and have different sidewall graphics on each side (white letters on one side, black letters on the other) which will actually help my explanation. My truck currently has the white letters towards the inside of the tires.
So start with the rears, it's easy and straight-forward, no tire removal required:
1. Left-Rear, white letters are inside ---> move to Left-Front, white letters still inside
2. Right-Rear, white letters are inside ---> move to Right-Front, white letters still inside
Now to the fronts - here's where it got confusing at first, hopefully this is clearer. Ideally, I would do the following:
3. Left-Front, white letters on the inside --->move diagonal to Right-Rear, white letters will now be on the outside
4. Right-Front, white letters on the inside --->move diagonal to Left-Rear, white letters will now be on the outside
Yes - steps 3 and 4 require removing the tire from the wheel and turning them 180-degrees before remounting. This lets the truck use the other half of the tire tread (think: front camber) for even wear across all 4 tires in the rotation, and thus longer tire life.
Now the problem with doing the above is that now I have white letters showing in the rear and none up front. Functionally it doesn't make any difference, but appearance wise you get the picture. So another option is to change steps 3 and 4 to:
3b. Left-Front, white letters are inside ---> move to Right-Rear as-is, white letters stay inside
4b. Right-Front, white letters are inside ---> move to Left-Rear as-is, white letters stay inside
So I keep the black letters on the outside, things look fine. The problem though here is that if I only rotate with this method, I will wear out the half of the tread (the half closer to the black letter side) on all 4 tires faster than the other half of the tread (again, think: front camber).
Of course, my rotation suggestion only applies for this thread. When it comes to any other vehicle with directional tires, staggered tire sizing, or both - then it's a totally different ballgame.
I'm actually planning on getting my KO2s remounted with the white letters on the outside for awhile to even out the tire wear, I think it's about time.
I hope that makes sense without a drawing ::smile::