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Mark de Regt Verified Driver Made Donation to Website
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It became clear to me on a very wet track this weekend that my 2003 wets are worse than useless.

I'm going to get new ones, but I'm curious whether shaving these would give me usable practice tires.

B Wilson Verified Driver Series Champ
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Since only perfect practice makes perfect, no [Smile] Whenever possible, I like practicing on the tires that I will qualify on just in case I want to make any setup adjustments before the real thing. Test day is a different story. I like to use old crappy tires in the early parts of the year to get comfortable with drifting and knock the cobwebs out of my brain. But then put on good tires to scrub and or adjust setup.

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Chris Windsor Verified Driver Made Donation to Website Series Champ
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They would be good Enduro tires shave to 6/32 and go forever.

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Very few tire prep shops will shave the old rain tires - too many stones and other crap embedded in the tire and in the tread. Will ruin the blades on the shaving machine.

Keep your old rain tires for practicing in the rain. You will appreciate the lack of grip and the car control it forces you to acquire.

Keep your new rain tires for racing in the rain. You will appreciate the extra grip!!!

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I took a set of old rains that had been left outside for a few winters and had them shaved to 3/32nds.

Even with that level of shave, the rubber compound underneath was still very hard. Not a lot of grip was left in them.

Lesson learned....not sure if shaving rains makes for good dry tires, but definitely don't leave your tires in the snow for a couple of seasons.

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Mark, Ken has won races on old rains that he had shaved/buffed down. They should at least be good enough for practice, provided of course they've had some sort of protection from the weather.

My old 2004 rains that Schwabbies buffed down to 3/32nds felt pretty grippy this weekend, although I only had that 11 minutes of dry running...

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Some of the best tires I have run were shaved rains.. 05 shaved rains put Lamb on pole for 2009 Nasa champs by the way [Smile]

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B Wilson Verified Driver Series Champ
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If 4 year old shaved rains are good, 7 year old shaved rains must be better [Big Grin]

May depend on track surface. I've tried the 4 year old shaved rains, and they worked quite well on an abrasive track but were a second or more off on a smoother surface. That was three years ago and I think they are still be circulated through the ranks. Not saying that they never work, but certainly not fast always everywhere.

-b

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