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Old 07-20-2013, 01:53 PM   #1
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Are front pirellis directional

I'm trying to find out before I purchase 1 from a forum member
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Old 07-20-2013, 01:54 PM   #2
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No they only say outside on them Drivers and Passengers are identical.
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:37 PM   #3
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Pzeros are a directional tire. The front and rear are the same tire aside from the size.
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:52 PM   #4
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I think you may want to look again. Front and rear are different size but they only say Outside on them There is no arrow of direction. If you look at your left and right tire the tire would be the same if you put them side by side. i know on Tire Rack somewhere this will be verified!
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:55 PM   #5
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Yup...that would mean they're directional. Could be wrong but I don't think so. It says outside for a reason. Because it would guarantee they mounted correctly. Because they could get mounted backwards and therefore not be spinning in the right direction.
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:33 PM   #6
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Yup...that would mean they're directional. Could be wrong but I don't think so. It says outside for a reason. Because it would guarantee they mounted correctly. Because they could get mounted backwards and therefore not be spinning in the right direction.
They are absolutely not directional. Go look at your car and you will see that the tread slants forward on one side, backwards on the other.

The tires are marked "inside" and "outside", but not "right" and "left".

So you are wrong
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I'm learning something new today. I always thought PZeros were directional as if I rotated left to right and right to left without remounting they would be going in the opposite/wrong direction even though they would both say outside.
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:12 PM   #8
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They are absolutely not directional. Go look at your car and you will see that the tread slants forward on one side, backwards on the other.

The tires are marked "inside" and "outside", but not "right" and "left".

So you are wrong
Okay. Go ahead and mount them so they rotate backwards when you're driving and tell me how you like them.
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Old 07-20-2013, 05:26 PM   #9
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Pirelli does make directional tires but the stock ones that come on our cars are not. They do have an outside and they do need to be mounted correctly. Outside of tire is marked, so you mount them on the wheels outside. When you rotate the wheels and tires, the outsides are still on the outsides. They do spin the opposite direction. But they are not directional so this is ok. The owners manual would not say to rotate side to side if they were directional.
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Oops. Guessed I haven't really checked out a set of pzeros recently.

Sorry for the misinformation.
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:35 AM   #11
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So, if they are not directional, it would not make any difference if I mount one with the "outside" letters facing out and the other side facing in, correct?
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So, if they are not directional, it would not make any difference if I mount one with the "outside" letters facing out and the other side facing in, correct?
The tires would roll just fine but handling/cornering would be screwed up. Not a good idea to do this. Designed for the outside to be on the outside.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:36 AM   #13
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So, if they are not directional, it would not make any difference if I mount one with the "outside" letters facing out and the other side facing in, correct?
Why would you want to mount them backwards anyhow?? They are marked inside and outside for a reason. If it didn't matter they wouldn't specify.
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