How to rotate tires after adding new tire to old rotation?


TJ Overlander
Supporting Member
Ride of the Month Winner
Jul 16, 2016
Missoula, MT, USA
Hope that title made sense to someone, but in a nutshell I have recently punctured an inner sidewall while baja-ing through some rocky terrain and have just got the new tire in the mail today.

I'm wondering since I was previously doing a 5 tire rotation, do just put the new tire in the place of the punctured one and continue on as usual?...or since I have the "spare" tire now in the "front passenger" spot, which technically messes up my rotation pattern, should I just mount the "new" tire to the spare location on the back and switch to a 4 tire rotation? or is there a whole other protocol to follow when this sort of thing happens?

The tires are KO2's and they have around or less that 10k miles on them if that makes a difference.

Whats the consensus?


TJ Addict
Jul 7, 2018
I would just do a 4 tire rotation. Throw the new on the spare. Once you need new tires go back to a 5 tire rotation.

If for some reason you puncture another tire then you can go to a 4 tire rotation with two new tires to old tires.

That's what I would do


TJ Enthusiast
Jul 28, 2017
Probably 4 tire rotation. Keep new for spare. Depends on tread depth really. Many tire shops can "shave" or match a tire for you .

It may "age" out before you replace the others and get the service life out of them unless you put alot of miles on a DD.
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Staff Member
Sep 28, 2015
Salem, Oregon
I agree with the above. Only way I would do a 5 tire rotation would be if all 5 tires were brand new at once.
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