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Well..., I wouldn't recommend it (archive)

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Posted by EM on May 15, 1999 at 13:02:18:

In Reply to: Will it just peel tread off? (eom) posted by Tim Collins on May 14, 1999 at 17:05:49:

There are a couple of problems with doing this with (to?) street tires...

1) The rubber compounds that street tires are composed of are not likely to benefit from the effects of heating in the pit -- they don't get that "sticky" like a race compound tire will -- Comp T/A R1, Hoosier, etc. They're more setup for longevity, M&S traction, etc., not the dragstrip, and the rubber will just wear off, not get sticky.

2) You are likely to "chunk" the tread -- pieces of the tread blocks will come off the tire. This can be managed somewhat by running shaved (or worn out) street tires -- something on the order of 4/32" or less.

I don't drag, but I do run shaved tires on road courses. There is a BIG difference between street and race tires.

Hope this helps.

Good luck,


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