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Old 02-14-2008, 10:39 PM   #1
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Cool Tire Warmer Advice

Here is the deal. I am looking for a set of tire warmers and I know many of you will have the answer I seek. I want a set of single temp warmers, but I don't feel it necessary to spend Chicken Hawk money for them. Feel free to throw in you own personal pros and cons. Let me have it....what are your thoughts on brand, quality, cost and where to buy them. And if any one has some used ones, throw it at me. I look forward to your personal comments. Shoot low sheriff....they are riding shetlands!
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Old 02-14-2008, 10:41 PM   #2
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man, i was just about to start a tread on this. oh well. bump for good thread.
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Old 02-14-2008, 10:48 PM   #3
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My suzuka warmers have performed well over the last several years.
Motorcycles Unlimited is a dealer for them as well as chicken hawk.
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Old 02-14-2008, 10:50 PM   #4
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My suzuka warmers have performed well over the last several years.
Motorcycles Unlimited is a dealer for them as well as chicken hawk.
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You get what you pay for.
My best advise is handle them with great care.
Don't yank them off. Take them off easy.
Don't pull on the cord.
Don't leave them lying around to get stepped on.
Don't take the bike off the stand with them on the wheel.
Never loan them out.
Always unplug them before you remove them from wheel.

My Suzukas lasted 9 months.
My DMPs lasted 2 months.
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You get what you pay for.
My best advise is handle them with great care.
Don't yank them off. Take them off easy.
Don't pull on the cord.
Don't leave them lying around to get stepped on.
Don't take the bike off the stand with them on the wheel.
Never loan them out.
Always unplug them before you remove them from wheel.

My Suzukas lasted 9 months.
My DMPs lasted 2 months.
Good advice. I guess Sozukas and DMPs would NOT be ones to buy. I would have a Sh*t fit if they only lasted a season or less! Thanx.
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You get what you pay for.
My best advise is handle them with great care.
Don't yank them off. Take them off easy.
Don't pull on the cord.
Don't leave them lying around to get stepped on.
Never loan them out.
Always unplug them before you remove them.
He was asking about your tire warmers - not your underwear!
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Great, affordable single-temp warmers: Tyre Sox.

I've been using mine for 4 years w/o any issues.
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I got a set of Sumomoto ones. Wanted to give them a try. Got the fully adjustable V5 model. They were being sold for more than 300 per set, but I organized a group buy on a different forum. Got a price of $195 shipped for them (if buying 10 sets).
Since then, I have used them and I can say the quality of build is awesome, and the operation rocks too. Very happy with them.
Another guy on that same forum was just organizing another group buy, and like 20 or 30 people were interested. They got a deal for $150 (I made sure I threw in my association to make it like we were all together - more sets bought).

They are constructed just like, if not better than sets that cost 400 or more.
Check them out. They do have non adjustable sets too, I think for about $150 or so.
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I used Tyr Sox for 3 years and they work great- lots of care has to be taken with them, but they are very inexpensive and work just fine.

I've been using Suzuka tire warmers for the past 2 years, and I don't regret the extra money I spent to get them! Get with Kawi JM (John with SCRC), he is the vendor for them.

There's some other Johnny come lately brands that I have not worked with but hear good things about. Time will tell.

While the Tyr Sox require more care and effort on the rider's part, they are fantastic for entry level given the price.
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I have several sets, Chicken Hawks are going on six years and still GREAT!
DMP's I ve had a year and a half, and the Tyre Sox have been around longer than any others. If you are doing the occational track day and don't need the quick on and off of the better brands, you can't go wrong with Tyre Sox. Very simple, no elastic to wear out, just a bit more time to put them on. If you are planning to get more serious and maybe go racing, spend the extra dough and go with the single temp Chickens.
I use the CH's almost all the time, and the DMP's and TS's get loaned out alot!!
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i got the suzuka's from patrick at Motorcycles Unlimited....great price. i've used them all last season. great and easy to use. my next ones will probably be woodcraft (cuz i saw mr whoopies and they looked like quality stuff) or chickenhawks.

the suzuka's are a great entry level warmer imo.
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im not fast enough for warmers yet :(
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im not fast enough for warmers yet :(
dont have to be fast.....put some race rubber on your bike along with the warmers...and you'll get faster.
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im not fast enough for warmers yet :(
Well yes, and no. I've worked with you and I can honestly say that race rubber and warmers are the next step for you

Warmers are not essential, but are a great tool to keep in your corner. You can safely run track rubber without warmers, but warmers can afford you things that take time.

For instance, you can take some 002 Bridgestones out to the track cold, and in 3 or so progressively faster laps get them up to operating temperature (using myself as a reference, others may take less or more). The key is that when you get them up to temp and run a session or something, you'll want to keep them at or near temp to preserve them or reduce "heat cycle".

"Heat cycling" is just what it says, the cycle of heating up, cooling down, heating up, cooling down. Heat cycling (in most tire dood's opinions) causes tires to wear prematurely. Using tire warmers keep the tires at or near operating temp, so essentially in one day, they've only heat cycled once.

In addition to the above, obviously being able to heat up your tire at or near operating temp will allow you to get busy more quickly on the track, therefore, not "wasting" laps warming up your tires.

Chris, for someone like you who is budget conscious, the best bang for your dollar is Tyr Sox or someone's used tire warmers (that are easy to find), unless you plan on racing- in which case I would still not shy away from the Tyr Sox, but would steer you away from used warmers.

By the way, Richard (Tyr Sox) is a great guy and is always willing to help out with group purchases.
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Tom, I saw some Tomahawks at OHR last weekend, but the guy had just bought them and couldnt tell me how well they worked yet.
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I think Im going to buy some race compound bridgestones from John shortly.
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I think Im going to buy some race compound bridgestones from John shortly.
Man, What are you waiting on.

As for tire warmers, I'm not even close to being fast but once I use warmers the tires seem to get up to temp as soon as they hit the track and give me confidence like i've never had before.

Contact Aurturo for a set of AWESOME warmers!
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Tom, I saw some Tomahawks at OHR last weekend, but the guy had just bought them and couldnt tell me how well they worked yet.
I've heard good things, and I think that one of Earle's Race Team sells them with good results.

A lot of the newer people making tire warmers these days use the same technology, it's all in how it's made with the heating lines and how evenly it warms the tires without creating hot spots.

When I sat down with John before I bought the Suzukas from him, we talked alot about the construction of them and how well they worked. I liked what I heard and bought them. I especially like the built-in thermostat that turns the warmers off when they reach temperature.

It took a lot for me to get away from the Tyr Sox, and I'm glad I made the switch!

To me, Suzuka and Chickenhawk are the two "best" brands, but that's an opinion. I prefer the Suzukas though, and they are priced less than Chickenhawk. That said, I would NEVER steer anyone away from Tyr Sox, because it is just a good tried-n-true product.
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I've heard good things, and I think that one of Earle's Race Team sells them with good results.

A lot of the newer people making tire warmers these days use the same technology, it's all in how it's made with the heating lines and how evenly it warms the tires without creating hot spots.

When I sat down with John before I bought the Suzukas from him, we talked alot about the construction of them and how well they worked. I liked what I heard and bought them. I especially like the built-in thermostat that turns the warmers off when they reach temperature.

It took a lot for me to get away from the Tyr Sox, and I'm glad I made the switch!

To me, Suzuka and Chickenhawk are the two "best" brands, but that's an opinion. I prefer the Suzukas though, and they are priced less than Chickenhawk. That said, I would NEVER steer anyone away from Tyr Sox, because it is just a good tried-n-true product.
OMG, I thought you were talking about Tomahawk TIRES. lol
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