Tip of the Week: 4/22/2012 Tire Wear Watch

Most racers have an arsenal of tires from multiple brands and with different treads and compounds. With so many choices, it can be next to impossible to keep track of one important performance characteristic–tire life. To help keep track of how well (or not well) a particular tire is wearing, place a hash mark on the inside of the rim after each race. This will make it much easier to compare two or more tires from different brands. If two tires perform the same on the track, but one is wearing noticeably better, it may be a good reason to buy that brand.

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  1. When I label my rims, I’ll put on the date I mounted the tires up. Helps me see how long a tire will last or not last. The hash marks would make it a little easier to keep track of how many runs are on them. Good tip, might have to adopt that.

    1. I found the hash marks most useful because some tires I’ve had for awhile but only used a few while others got used many times in a short period of time

  2. As a long time technician…you can use a tread depth guage and closely measure wear across the tire from start to each run and be able to document wear…and it will also tell you how good your setup and alignment really are…..

  3. Interesting, I’ll have to try that……… Hmmmm “mm” or “32nd”. I’ll put my money on “mm” I’ve used it for ride height on my sedans, but tires….. RC tires that is.

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