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Re: Storing slicks in freezing temperatures?

They are Pirelli Superbike SC3s.




As far as the raditor/cooling system goes, I flushed it before winter storage and filled the system with antifreeze and distilled water to keep the rubber components lubricated to avoid drying out and cracking. When Spring shows her face, I'll drain the system and go back to running distiled water only.

BTW, I think I need a new raditor cap. #reminder
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Re: Storing slicks in freezing temperatures?

Next time wear your slicks to the end on the last day before track session ends.
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As far as the raditor/cooling system goes, I flushed it before winter storage and filled the system with antifreeze and distilled water to keep the rubber components lubricated to avoid drying out and cracking. When Spring shows her face, I'll drain the system and go back to running distiled water only.

BTW, I think I need a new raditor cap. #reminder
The Graves 2.0 Bar radiator cap is my recommendation.

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Re: Storing slicks in freezing temperatures?

Just use engine ice. Just about all race organizations allow it. As for slicks, cold weather will definitely damage them. Race tire services (Dunlop USA) requires you within two days of receiving tires, to check for cracks if they ship them during the winter. Sometimes they won't even ship them if it is too cold. I was at Jennings one time waiting to get a tire changed and this guy in front of me bought a brand new slick from Jennings the night before. Put the tire in his trailer and the next morning went to have it mounted. When they tried to mount it, the tire cracked. They said it was because he left he tire in his unheated trailer all night.
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Just use engine ice. Just about all race organizations allow it. As for slicks, cold weather will definitely damage them. Race tire services (Dunlop USA) requires you within two days of receiving tires, to check for cracks if they ship them during the winter. Sometimes they won't even ship them if it is too cold. I was at Jennings one time waiting to get a tire changed and this guy in front of me bought a brand new slick from Jennings the night before. Put the tire in his trailer and the next morning went to have it mounted. When they tried to mount it, the tire cracked. They said it was because he left he tire in his unheated trailer all night.

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Wear your slicks down to the end of it's life so you when warm season comes you can order and install a fresh set. It's like having supplements. If you decide to use them again after opening them, they will get old and hard. If you consume them all and use a new batch next year you will have a fresh set.
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Just use engine ice. Just about all race organizations allow it. As for slicks, cold weather will definitely damage them. Race tire services (Dunlop USA) requires you within two days of receiving tires, to check for cracks if they ship them during the winter. Sometimes they won't even ship them if it is too cold. I was at Jennings one time waiting to get a tire changed and this guy in front of me bought a brand new slick from Jennings the night before. Put the tire in his trailer and the next morning went to have it mounted. When they tried to mount it, the tire cracked. They said it was because he left he tire in his unheated trailer all night.
I wonder if other companies are immune to cold crack failures as they might have patents designed to prevent this from happening. Of course the other manufacturers who don't have it wouldn't steer you to another company if they know this exist w/ say Michelins.

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Wear your slicks down to the end of it's life so you when warm season comes you can order and install a fresh set. It's like having supplements. If you decide to use them again after opening them, they will get old and hard. If you consume them all and use a new batch next year you will have a fresh set.
I agree, but sometimes it's not exactly under your control. You're not going to do a burnout with a slick when you're out of riding weather and still have some rubber left.

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I have heard it's a Dunlop thing, but don't quote me on it.

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I agree, but sometimes it's not exactly under your control. You're not going to do a burnout with a slick when you're out of riding weather and still have some rubber left.



I have heard it's a Dunlop thing, but don't quote me on it.
I mean, it's cool to know what to possibly expect than to find out the hard way by storing them in the cold then going out for a ride w/o checking and it failing. Prob the result of some people's demise. All death statistics aren't really evaluated like the NSTB w/ plane commercial airline crashes. People just clean up the accident and move on.

I mean, I was riding in shorts at 140+ w/ a herniated front valve stem.. I was wondering why I was going wide even under some braking so I added throttle and I could turn tighter. Changed everything to 90 degree CNC and never had a problem since.

I have cleared so many potentially life changing events but haven't forget what has happened and why. It's always good to know more information from others who have experienced it w/o us experiencing it first hand because sometimes the good information will be known After the negativity has unfolded.

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Re: Storing slicks in freezing temperatures?

In short, just try to keep them someplace warm. It says so on the label.
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