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    Thread: do slicks go bad?

    1. Member mrbikle's Avatar
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      04-17-2012 08:45 PM #1
      My slicks were in the garage all winter... does the cold screw up the tire compound? My 60 foot times were crap this last weekend, which was the first race of the season. Also, I noticed that they got A LOT worse as the day went on and everything heated up, almost a 15 degree swing.

      Did the track get greasy or do my slicks need replaced.


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      04-18-2012 09:36 AM #2
      slicks should not be stored outdoors in the winter and as they get older they loose the rubber will harden
      check mickey thompsons site for faqs on tire storage
      Rockin' a mk3 since '94.

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      04-18-2012 12:33 PM #3
      every winter i bring the slicks in bags and store them in my basement next to the heat.
      67mm - vrt
      mad slow

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      04-18-2012 05:24 PM #4
      any tire should not be left in plastic bags, it dries them out, they need to breathe.
      tire totes are convinent and breathable
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      04-21-2012 06:29 PM #5
      Now a days you can even go with a drag radial and not have to worry as much...We run a 32 ford in the 9s at english town for 3 seasons now and never have even taken the tires off the car..BTW the car is all motor and runs on pump gas

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      05-31-2012 02:46 PM #6
      Not drag race tires, but I store mine in the basement over the winter to keep them from freezing. I also bag them.
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      05-31-2012 04:23 PM #7
      In a word yes, but to different degrees on different cars Slick size vs hp vs weight vs launch technique.Some cars depend more on the adhesion than others.

      How much are you losing on your 60 ft? Everything else about your time-slip seems to be close to average for the E.T. vs speed.

      I can still produce high 1.6s on three year old slicks that sit in the garage through the winter.

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