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Posts: 3415
From: alvaton,ky,usa Suburb of Bowling Green, M&M #79, MCA #29208
Registered: Jun 99

posted 12-21-2002 06:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcode        Reply w/Quote
Whats the best way to store your drag tires, off the car, during the long winter months? Air or no air, vertical or horizontal?


posted 12-21-2002 08:07 PM              Reply w/Quote
I've always heard that you should store them out of sunlight. Never heard anything about off the car or on or any thing else.

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From: Wichita, KS
Registered: Oct 2002

posted 12-21-2002 08:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mtucker        Reply w/Quote
No air. Go to a tire store and get some tire storage bags. Store them someplace thats cool and dark.


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From: Spencer, WV
Registered: Jan 2001

posted 12-21-2002 10:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike        Reply w/Quote
I remove them from the car. Clean them up really good. (tread and all) Then spray the WHOLE tire down with Silicone Tire Shine and store them at around 5 psi or less in a dark place.

Oxygen, ozone and sunlight damage the rubber in the tires.

The thick coat of silicone tire shine keeps the oxygen and ozone away from the outside of the tire, and the dark storage place keeps the light away.

I've kept slicks for several years like this, and they come out ready for action... providing excellent traction and no cracking.

Good Luck!

Mike Burch
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From: Lyons, IL, USA
Registered: May 99

posted 12-22-2002 12:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moneymaker        Reply w/Quote
Bad advice this time Mike.
Per the race tire manufacturer's recomendation, NEVER, NEVER use any silicone or tire shine on the surface area. Once the silicone or other agents make contact and are heated, they will impregnate the tires.
Been there, and done that!
(maybe it worked for you once Mike, but I go through 10-12 sets of slicks and make a couple hundred passes a year, every year without a lay off. I talk with the tire reps almost weekly and what you are recomending is dead wrong and will ruin traction capability. They frown on us even spraying the side walls for appearance as the overspray may possibly contaminate the tread.)

Wash the tires with soap and water, then fill them with 20 lbs of air, out of daylight, and either on the car on stands, or lay them flat is the best off season maintanace.

When was the last time anyone bought a new set of slicks with armour all on them?

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[This message has been edited by Moneymaker (edited 12-22-2002).]


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From: Spencer, WV
Registered: Jan 2001

posted 12-22-2002 01:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for n2oMike        Reply w/Quote

It's always worked for me, for long term winter storage. After getting them back out and on the car, turn them over a few times and they are back to normal. (and they don't get age cracks)

I wouldn't make a habit out of spraying the tread on a short-term basis, but unprotected tires will get hard over time, and for LONG TERM storage, this seems to be the lesser of the two evils.

Of course nothing beats a nice, new, fresh set of tires. I just cannot afford to replace them as often as I'd like.

You're probably right about getting that last little bit out of a tire. That little bit of coating that doesn't get scrubbed off could get absorbed by the tread... but it couldn't be that bad for the rubber if people constantly spray it on their sidewalls.

It's probably not something for a competitive Super Stocker, but for us guys who are trying to stretch the service life of our slicks, it seems to work pretty well. My first set of slicks were used for 7-8 years with this being done every winter. They never did age crack, and always seemed to bite well.

I always thought they said not to spray the tread because the silicone would make the tread really slick. (until it wore off) Kind of like one of those idiot warnings, like... Turn off the engine before changing fan belts.

Engineers generally do not like people messing with their products!

Good Luck!

Mike Burch
66 mustang real street
302 4-speed 289 heads
10.63 @ 129.3

[This message has been edited by n2oMike (edited 12-22-2002).]


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From: pittsburgh,pa.usa
Registered: Jul 2001

posted 12-22-2002 04:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustang68mustangs        Reply w/Quote
I have to add that tire shines contain petroleum distillates that cause tires to get cracks in them.
Alex's instructions are dead on with what MT suggested.

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