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      11-25-2011, 06:50 PM   #14
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I'm on my 4th set of used slicks and my 1st of the Continentals. I've been very happy with them and the price (about $450 shipped for 275/35/18). They tend to have some pretty big turds on them but after a lap or two they clean right up. I was running Hoosier R6 at 285/30/18 so I don't have a direct comparison but I seem to be about a second slower on the 275s.

I was smoking them pretty quick but I've added the Ground control camber plates, and-2.2 all the way around, and seem to get 7 track days or so out of them if I flip them on the rims once.

Originally Posted by FrenchBoy View Post
A number of reputable race teams sell their used grand-Am Cup specific Continental/Hoosier Race Tires. They are allegedly only lightly used and have between 2 and 4 heat cycles (or 2 hours) in them.

Does anyone around here have actual track experience with these? I am entertaining the idea of getting a set as they are pretty cheap. There are however a few things that worry me:
1. How many extra heat cycles can I expect to put into them before they're shot?
2. Are all used tires about even in their wear state?
3. I understand this is a spec tire that is not equivalent to other Hoosier tires. What's the closest equivalent tire in terms of tread wear? Hoosier R6, BFG R1? Toyo R888? Other?

I currently get about 6-8 track days out of my current track tires (NT-01 or R888). I like the idea of buying used track tires to lower the cost. However, if I can only get 2 or 3 track days out of them, and then you factor in the cost on mounting 4 tires, I'm not sure this is such an economical and convenient approach.

Any thoughts?

Last edited by ShadeD1; 12-06-2011 at 11:46 PM.