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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-06-2004, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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Slicks/tire warmers?

Are tire warmers needed to run slicks, or do they heat up like regular tires with a couple laps on them?

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I ran Bridgestone slicks last summer with no warmers. Yes, they do heat up similar to a DOT race tire, 1st lap 1/2 taking it easy, then progressively get on them with no issues.
I do have tire warmers now though. They help with early traction and limit the heat cycles they see.

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I have tire warmers and have used them on both the 208 gp's and slicks. I got three full track days out of my 208's using them.

Something that hasn't been said he yet is that warmers help avoid cold tear.

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i never have run tire warmers on my bike..

i did however race r/c cars before and would run a soft compound tire, i had a set of tire warmers for those.. and man did it make a differance.. mostly in the first few laps.. cause the tires are already up to temp and you can dig hard into the first turn. plus they wouln't peel like tires that i ran without the warmers.


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1 lap and they are good to go unless it's cold as hell out then you have to use better judgement. I usualy don't use warmers during practice but always plug them in before my race. If you use warmers, you can go 100% right off the bat.

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