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Winter tire question - Q3

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    Trackday Tire Question - Last Year's Q3 Front with a New Q3+ Rear


    Here is the thing: My Dunlop 3s have 6 trackdays on them. So I went out and bought a new Q3 plus rear which I bought and fit on the bike today. I am thinking about keeping the front which has 6 trackdays and looks to have nearly 70% of life. The issue is there the tires sat outside during the winter. I do want to run blue group this year and thought about getting a set of slicks. I am thinking run the new Q3plus rear and last years Q3 front for the first trackdays and see how it goes. Smart or bad move? Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks, Eddie

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    Re: Winter tire question - Q3

    BTW...let me know if anybody wants a free takeoff Q3. Might have 65% + life in the middle. Can't vouch for the sides though.

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    Re: Winter tire question - Q3

    Normally I would think you would be ok running last years front. But the issue is that they sat outside in the cold bellow freezing. Check for cold cracking. When In doubt replace with new!

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    Re: Winter tire question - Q3

    Quote Originally Posted by MUZ720 View Post
    Normally I would think you would be ok running last years front. But the issue is that they sat outside in the cold bellow freezing. Check for cold cracking. When In doubt replace with new!
    Duly noted. No cracking observed. I'll keep an eye on that front coming back into that first TD. I appreciate it.

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    Re: Winter tire question - Q3

    If it were me, New tire no question about it

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    Re: Winter tire question - Q3

    Quote Originally Posted by theducman View Post
    If it were me, New tire no question about it
    Fuck it. You guys are right. On the way to pick up that front tire tomorrow. Thank you!!

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    Re: Winter tire question - Q3

    Really? All new from sitting over the winter? I assumed a q3 wouldn't have so much trouble in the cold, I guess I don't know a lot about tires though. Mine still have a lot of life in them. Are they still suitable for the street? My street bike rear is pretty shot so I guess I could swap my q3s onto that if they're no good for the track now and just get new tires for the track bike.. pls advise

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    Re: Winter tire question - Q3

    this is directly from the Dunlop site> "How do I store my tires over the winter and will they be ok?

    "Over the winter, your tires should be stored in a place where temperatures are above 38 degrees. DO NOT store them next to electric motors or near chemicals like fertilizer. They produce ozone and will deteriorate the tire."
    Also they send a warning if you get tires shipped that asks you not to let them freeze and to check for cold cracking. Race tires are different animals then street tires, Q3s are street race tires and may or may not be effected by the cold in the same way. I would ask Dunlop what they think and recommend.

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    Re: Winter tire question - Q3

    Jake LaForge raced on cracked dunlops and won...

    I've rode on cracked dunlops at track days and they were fine.

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    Re: Winter tire question - Q3

    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    Jake LaForge raced on cracked dunlops and won...

    I've rode on cracked dunlops at track days and they were fine.
    We are all risk takers here some more then others. But I would say that Dunlop would not recommend your choice to anyone. But I could be wrong?

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    Re: Winter tire question - Q3

    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    Jake LaForge raced on cracked dunlops and won...
    Watch Jake race full supermoto in the rain some time. The guy has absolute confidence in his bike and tires at all times even on a muddy swamp of a track. It's amazing to see. You could give him square shaped teflon wheels and he'd still come out in front.

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    Re: Winter tire question - Q3

    I don't have any cracking in mine, they just saw whatever cold we got through the winter. It's been up on stands. Ya'll makin me nervous. Prolly end up with a new set and put these on the street bike.

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    Re: Winter tire question - Q3

    Quote Originally Posted by capitalcrew View Post
    Really? All new from sitting over the winter? I assumed a q3 wouldn't have so much trouble in the cold, I guess I don't know a lot about tires though. Mine still have a lot of life in them. Are they still suitable for the street? My street bike rear is pretty shot so I guess I could swap my q3s onto that if they're no good for the track now and just get new tires for the track bike.. pls advise
    Looks okay to me. You can have the rear if you want it. The front is in similar condition. I'll keep the front for now. Available to be picked up in Framingham. Cheers

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    Re: Winter tire question - Q3

    Nah I mean I have my own q3s that sat all winter and now I'm nervous about them lol

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    Re: Winter tire question - Q3

    Quote Originally Posted by capitalcrew View Post
    Nah I mean I have my own q3s that sat all winter and now I'm nervous about them lol
    No need to be Nervous. Call this number and ask Technical: (615) 641-3323

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