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      02-16-2012, 08:50 PM   #1
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Heat cycling r-comps

I'm about to buy my first set of r-compounds and was curious if it's worth the extra expense ($60) to have them heat cycled from discount fire direct? If it makes any difference, the tires wi be nitto nt01.

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      02-16-2012, 08:51 PM   #2
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Yes it helps save you time.
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i just drive em! they only get 12 ,,, cycles anyway
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I had one set of NT01 heat cycled and it did not improve their life compared to my other sets that I tracked right off the bat. Pre heat cycling might be worth it on other r-comps or slicks, but in my experience, not for the NT01.
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Can't add anything re the nitto's, but the BFG Gforce R1 compounds last a little longer getting them heat cycled. You can do almost the same thing heat cycling them at home. Put the tires on the car, drive 30-40 miles at speed (get them hot) on the interstate, then take them off the car and let them sit for 48 hours before using them.
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NT-01s don't really need to be heat cycled, just drive the tire around town ~50 miles or so to scrub the molding wax off. Those tires are great out of the box.
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NT-01s don't really need to be heat cycled, just drive the tire around town ~50 miles or so to scrub the molding wax off. Those tires are great out of the box.
Good advice--last season I first drove on my NT01s during an event at Lime Rock. Their very first miles were those initial morning track sessions. I thought I had made a horrible mistake--the tires were greasy, wobbly and terrifying. I wasn't thinking about the mold separation compound that needs to wear off first. By the afternoon they were great. So don't freak out if they feel terrible initially.
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Thanks for all the responses!

One additional question if I may.. How long can I expect these tires to last me? I intend on getting an alignment that will be more appropriate for the r-comp. and will also rotate the wheels either per day or maybe even every couple sessions if recommended.
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I did about 8-10 track days last season with the NT01s and I think they still have some life left.
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Thanks for all the responses!

One additional question if I may.. How long can I expect these tires to last me? I intend on getting an alignment that will be more appropriate for the r-comp. and will also rotate the wheels either per day or maybe even every couple sessions if recommended.
I also got 8-10 days out of mine before I had camber plates. With the increased camber, I hope I'll get 10-12 days.
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My Nitto's just arrived. Unfortunately, I won't get to try them out until April.
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