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Old 10-22-2008, 05:02 PM   #1
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When is your BT-002RS done?

new at this stuff.

How exactly do you tell when a tire, bt002rs, specifically, is done? The tire is being used for the track only. I know I am slow, but I got 1 day at TWS (Texas World Speedway) in, 1 day at cresson and 2 days at MSRH. The left side of the rear looked really worn, which was probably from the long sweeping left at Cresson coupled with the carousel at MSRH, but the right side didn't look bad. If the left side had not been so bad, could I have gotten another day out of them? That was my line of thinking.

Oh yea, and no tire warmers. I have some now, but not on this set in particular.

Thanks And hope all my questions dont bother you fast and/or knowledgeable dudes.
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Old 10-22-2008, 05:05 PM   #2
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How do you like the BT-002RS on the track, did they ever feel like they were about to give?
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How'd you like th Ride Smart on the track, did they ever feel like they were about to give?
Well, like I said, I am not fast like most guys in the racers lounge, consistent 1:51's, at MSRH, crappy body posistion, 6"5', 250 lbs and NEVER felt them get on me. AT ALL. And compared to the price of DOT race tires, hella value. But what do I know?

Plus, as you read, I got 4 track days out of them.
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I've got 4 on mine and I am going to try and ride GSS on them this weekend. Then they will be toast for sure.
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new at this stuff.

How exactly do you tell when a tire, bt002rs, specifically, is done? The tire is being used for the track only. I know I am slow, but I got 1 day at TWS (Texas World Speedway) in, 1 day at cresson and 2 days at MSRH. The left side of the rear looked really worn, which was probably from the long sweeping left at Cresson coupled with the carousel at MSRH, but the right side didn't look bad. If the left side had not been so bad, could I have gotten another day out of them? That was my line of thinking.

Oh yea, and no tire warmers. I have some now, but not on this set in particular.

Thanks And hope all my questions dont bother you fast and/or knowledgeable dudes.
Check the wear indicators. If they are worn to the point where the wear indicators are level with the surface of the tread, you've got about 3 track days left

I replace mine when the wear indicators are gone and the tires are smooth with no tread left -or- when they get to the point that I'm sliding all over the track and can't keep traction to the point of slowing down.

With the Bridgestones, that can go all the way to the cords before you lose traction!

I'd think about replacing them when one side of the tire is smooth/ no tread.
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Turn them around and go backwards tread if you need to wear the other side...

Something to think about, but not necessarily suggested.
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well, if you ask me, mine werent done till I COMPLETELY removed the wear indicators, and turned them into "slicks" . Larry myers can verify as he gave me a hard time about it...lol They didnt slip on me till then, and even then they HARDLY slipped anywhere
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Like others mentioned, the little grooves on the outside are the indicators....once they are "gone", I'd assume the tire is too. In my situation, the indicator is still there on the left side of the tire (just a little), but the tread between the center treads and left indicators are completely gone. I guess that indicated where my gets happy with the throttle . The right side of the tire still has "plenty of life". I think I'm gonna reverse the rear this weekend at GSS and see how it feels. Just in case it sucks or I don't feel confident, I just bought a set of slightly used BT003's to try out.
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The down side to flipping a tire is that unless you are running a nascar oval you will eventually have to turn the other way. Typically the right side will cool off some in between corners and if that side of the tire is already toast when you flipped it then you may be looking for trouble. It can be done though it is not an official recommendation. Many of the tracks in this area are left side dominant and tend to wear tires out on the left side while leaving tons of tread on the right side. This is just a product of the enviorment that we must ride in.

As Tom stated when the tread indicators are to the surface then I would replace them. Tires are cheaper than bodywork & hospital bills.

Also as you get faster you will go through tires faster. Just food for thought.

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Mine were pretty slick from the center to the left edge, but looked good on the right.

And all this talk about using them until you feel them slid a little, that kind of scares me. :eek:

Maybe I sould start listing my take offs as, for sale "bt002rs with 50% tread left or 2 track days, cuz I am too chicken to use them one more time"
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Mine were pretty slick from the center to the left edge, but looked good on the right.

And all this talk about using them until you feel them slid a little, that kind of scares me. :eek:

Maybe I sould start listing my take offs as, for sale "bt002rs with 50% tread left or 2 track days, cuz I am too chicken to use them one more time"
Ride em till you dont feel comfortable with em anymore. Dont mind me...Im just a cheapass
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Mine were pretty slick from the center to the left edge, but looked good on the right.

And all this talk about using them until you feel them slid a little, that kind of scares me.


Maybe I sould start listing my take offs as, for sale "bt002rs with 50% tread left or 2 track days, cuz I am too chicken to use them one more time"
It's a very predictable slide, no big deal at all. I've never had a set of Bridgestones get to the "scary" point no matter how worn they got. Now other brands I can't say that about...
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It's a very predictable slide, no big deal at all. I've never had a set of Bridgestones get to the "scary" point no matter how worn they got. Now other brands I can't say that about...
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Thanks for all the info. I am so hooked on this . Expect many more "help" threads.

When I ask, I sincerely mean it, and take the advice.

Which leads me to my next thread.
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It's a very predictable slide, no big deal at all. I've never had a set of Bridgestones get to the "scary" point no matter how worn they got. Now other brands I can't say that about...
This is one of the reasons I just bought me a set of BT002 Ride Smart. I always had Pilot Powers before, and decided to switch brands, and that is one thing I read about the BT002 when I was researching different tires, is that it is a very predictable tire even when it slides.

Looking forward to trying them out at the track on the 1st...
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This is one of the reasons I just bought me a set of BT002 Ride Smart. I always had Pilot Powers before, and decided to switch brands, and that is one thing I read about the BT002 when I was researching different tires, is that it is a very predictable tire even when it slides.

Looking forward to trying them out at the track on the 1st...


Just wait until you get the 003's... whoa, those tires are AWESOME!
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i switched to the 003's and am pretty happy with em!

my advice for whats its worth cdill, not as technical as these other guys, but when you "think" you need to replace em do so! or when you start to doubt the grip!

From my limited knowledge lower skill level more room for rider error! Maybe ty or dustin can run em to the cord, but can you?
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Hey CDill... you saw my tires coming off MSR-H on Monday. I'm getting a new rear tire before Buck's day on Sunday.
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i switched to the 003's and am pretty happy with em!

my advice for whats its worth cdill, not as technical as these other guys, but when you "think" you need to replace em do so! or when you start to doubt the grip!

From my limited knowledge lower skill level more room for rider error! Maybe ty or dustin can run em to the cord, but can you?
Sensible rule of thumb there Dean
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Just wait until you get the 003's... whoa, those tires are AWESOME!
Just picked up a set of BT003's. Didn't think about wether or not I needed warmers. Do you think I can run them w/out warmers? I hope so...my wife will kill me if I ask for more allowance
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