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    Motorsport Tyres - shelf life

    Opinions please...

    Ive been offered some New Old Stock of some Bridgestone Tyres RE55's.

    They are coming up to 4 years old. And work out to be half the price of buying new ones.
    Will these still perform well or should I outlay the extra cash for newer stock?

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    are you doing it "for fun" or do you also want to go as fast as you can?

    5 years is the shelf life for a normal tyre. Have not heard any different for semis.

    RE55S are very popular, so its surprising someone has NOS of them! Maybe these are one of the less popular compounds? Something to check...

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    Im smart enough to know im not going to win any championship.
    I just want to be more competitive with the handful of guys ahead of me.
    They are all on RE55's, im still on a semi slick road tyre.

    The compound is SR2 which is what Im after for sprints.

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    Its your call, obviously newer ones will perform better. And WTF is a 'semi slick road tyre'?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 260DET View Post
    Its your call, obviously newer ones will perform better. And WTF is a 'semi slick road tyre'?
    was meant to type semi slick style road tyre eg. Kumho KU36

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    If they've been kept in the dark and also kept cool they should probably be okay.
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    i would say yes, i bought some flogged out re55s (as in i think they had done a targa tas when they were new, maybe 3 years ago) and they still gripped and grained up reasonably well, much better than the road tyres i had been using.
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    SR2 is the hardest compound RE55, having said that, I was given some that were used in 2005 targa tasmania, and I used them at a round of the state hillclimb championships, 4 year old SH hard compound tyres, I didn't expect too much, but still won IP over 2 litre class, was my first event as log booked (street car, no cage) car, I was pleasantly surprised how well they gripped
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    SR2 is the compount you want for sprints. the softer compound TT is only good for about 2 laps! And then there is the even softer WT2 compound for wet use or hillclimbs. SR2 is the one people are talking about when they mention RE55S.

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    you could always give them a paint with "Grip" or "Bite", The hillclimb boys use these liquids to soften the first mm or so of tread.
    Grip smells just like Dncorub sports liniment/body rub, Bite smells like nothing, so no-one will know!!!
    Available at most speed type/drag shops, Bite is made by VHT,
    it is the stuff they put down for draggers to get tyres very sticky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dat2kman View Post
    you could always give them a paint with "Grip" or "Bite", The hillclimb boys use these liquids to soften the first mm or so of tread.
    Grip smells just like Dncorub sports liniment/body rub, Bite smells like nothing, so no-one will know!!!
    Available at most speed type/drag shops, Bite is made by VHT,
    it is the stuff they put down for draggers to get tyres very sticky.
    "Bite" is not a tyre softener.. it is an adhesive...But may still not be legal to use for HillClimb, depending how the Sup Regs are worded.

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    warming up the old SR2 tyres works too

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