How many of you do a 5-wheel rotation?

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I guess nowadays this can only really be done on trucks and SUVs, unless there's still some cars that come with a full sized spare.

So for those who do this, you had to go buy a 5th wheel that matches the other 4 right? Or do some cars come with one?

I'm thinking of going this route because I always end up with a spare that never gets used and is usually a different make/model than the rest of the tires. If I'm going to carry around the weight of a spare, why not have it be identical to the rest so I can put it into rotation?
 
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I don't have a full sized spare but #5 never got into the rotation when I did. It was usually the best tire from a previous set and not one I would use all the time.
 
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When I bought new tires and wheels for my '15 (and '13) Jeep Grand Cherokee(s), I bought five.. I rotate(d) them one position clockwise, with the fifth starting at the rear-center of the car, every oilchange.. I no longer buy directional tires for any of my vehicles.. The fifth tires lives in my toolroom as a spare spare; the JGC's original full-size spare lives in the sparetire well with the jack, etc.
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When I bought new tires and wheels for my '15 (and '13) Jeep Grand Cherokee(s), I bought five.. I rotate(d) them one position clockwise, with the fifth starting at the rear-center of the car, every oilchange.. I no longer buy directional tires for any of my vehicles.. The fifth tires lives in my toolroom as a spare spare; the JGC's original full-size spare lives in the sparetire well with the jack, etc.
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Love those wheels! Good aesthetic fit to the vehicle.
 

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Most of the 5th tires won't have the same rim (if you have alloy wheels) as the ones that come with the vehicle, unless you pay extra. The only vehicles I see with the same type of 5th rim are jeeps where the rear wheel is in plain sight.

My Sienna had a full sized spare on a steelie.
 
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I could actually do this with my 2019 Ram 1500 classic. The 17" spare is the same Goodyear wrangler as the other 4 and the wheel is similar, but unfinished aluminum. No TPMS sensor in it though.
 
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When I bought new tires and wheels for my '15 (and '13) Jeep Grand Cherokee(s), I bought five.. I rotate(d) them one position clockwise, with the fifth starting at the rear-center of the car, every oilchange.. I no longer buy directional tires for any of my vehicles.. The fifth tires lives in my toolroom as a spare spare; the JGC's original full-size spare lives in the sparetire well with the jack, etc.
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Nice looking car and wheels.
 

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Rotating in a spare is a waste of time IMO.

I just keep a full sized spare in the trunk. When it hits 10 years old, it gets a brand new tire.

My Jeep has nice BFG All Terrain KO2's but a spare will hardly, if ever, be used. So it got a cheap but brand new Goodyear Wrangler for the spare. I'll be set for 10 years until 2027, only $10 a year spread out.
 

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I do, on my Outlander. It has 5 identical alloy wheels, so why not? When I replaced the OE rubber, I bought 5 tyres (tires) and have continued with the process, every 10,000km. Keeps the spare wheel winding mechanism from seizing due to lack of use too.
 
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actually bought a 5th aluminum wheel to match the stock one's on my 2008 F 150 so I DO the 5 wheel rotation

my tires dry rot before they wear out ;)

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How do you 5-tire rotate when your spare doesn't have the TPMS sensor? Grrrrr...

I just noticed my bride's new ZR2 has a full size spare with matching rim, but no sensor ;-(
 

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How do you 5-tire rotate when your spare doesn't have the TPMS sensor? Grrrrr...

I just noticed my bride's new ZR2 has a full size spare with matching rim, but no sensor ;-(

You just go back to the old school way where you look at the tires periodically to see if they're low.
 
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