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Old 03-08-2009, 07:52 PM   #1
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What do you track junkies use and when do I need to use them?
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Old 03-08-2009, 07:53 PM   #2
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i use chicken hawk with the LMH settings adn no you dont need them if you are still just starting out, it would be better to put your money in a good set of tires.
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Old 03-08-2009, 08:00 PM   #3
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I use suzuka single temps. They were cheaper than the others. I have no other reason as to why I bought them. They work fine for me.
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You don't need them until you start using race rubber, even then it's debatable.

I use Suzuka, got them from John at SCRaceCenter.com . He also sells Chickenhawk.

As above, don't worry about buying them until you've gotten up to a solid pace.
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I have Suzukas and they work great


Use them throughout the day while your not riding. Plug them in in the morning for about an hour and after every session plug them in. Dont forget to unplug them while your not using them, they will burn up fast
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Old 03-08-2009, 09:43 PM   #6
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Today's trackday tires are awsome and don't need tire warmers and can easily handle more than a mid-pack novice race pace. However, sooner or later you may exceed or could benefit from DOT race tires. With that said, once you reach DOT race tire needs then make the investment for tire warmers. I personally use Chickenhawk Pole Position 3-temp warmers and have Chickenhawk standards as a backup set.
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I use a set of Chickenhawk standard warmers and they work great for me. I have heard the Suzuka's are nice too, and are made by Chickenhawk.

One other point to be made for tire warmers is that they will extend the life on a set of race tires.

Like was said several times, you don't need warmers until you step up to race rubber. I used a set of Pilot powers when I first started doing trackdays, and looking at the pictures I have from the trackday photographers, am still impressed with the lean angles those tires held up to!
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i use chickenhawk's on my GSXR, and suzuka's on my SV. the new suzuka's (since chickenhawk bought them out) are better designed and don't use those draw strings anymore.

as for when to know when you need warmers and race tires.....well that's up to you. if you wanna go by laptimes, these are the times i would say you can start considering tire warmers and race tires....also having the extra insurance knowing that your tires are capable also come into play.

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if you wanna go by laptimes, these are the times i would say you can start considering tire warmers and race tires....also having the extra insurance knowing that your tires are capable also come into play.

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You know what I find amazing about todays street tires. In the 2006 CMRA season I had a friend that was doing 1:22-23's during practice sessions at MSR-Cresson on standard Pilot Powers AND at 7:45-8:00am when we start practice when the track is at it's worse. He would then go to Michelin slicks for the actual races and run 1:20-1:21's. He would also run 1:54-55's on standard Pilot Powers during practice at TWS (Texas World Speedway). Todays street/track tires are leaps and bounds ahead of what was available prior to 2003. I guess the first true street/track tire that I can think of was the Diablo Corsa that was actually good for both without having to worry about warm up times
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