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Re: Track pick-up

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Subject: Re: Track pick-up
From: "Rocky Entriken" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2004 18:51:01 -0500
As others have said, the tires are working. Tires these days slough off a
lot of rubber, which creates those off-line marbles. Most of what you have
picked up is what was those marbles. Your hot tires will pick up anything
they roll over -- cigarette butts, gumwrappers, small animals. Try ending
your race sometime with an incident that leaves you in the grass and then
look at all that vegetation growing off the donuts.

If you drive cool-off laps strictly on the racing line, you will have less.
Most of it is off-line.

Next session, waggle the car back and forth for a lap and it will be mostly
gone. We used to do that to warm up the tires (we still do, actually). Now
we do it to clean off the tires too.

And at the risk of sounding like I am trying to sell product -- some may
remember I peddle Formula V Traction Treatment -- I have found the FVTT a
great help when you are home and your tires are cold and you really want to
get the pickup off. Treat the tires and after it has soaked in an hour or
so, most of the pickup comes off relatively easily with a gasket
scraper(emphasis on "relatively" -- on a scale of 1-10 it is a 4 instead of
a 9). Caution, it is a really messy job because you are working with tires
fresh with FVTT and you'll get carbon black from the tires all over you, so
wear something you don't care about and maybe rubber gloves. I've done it a
time or two. Came to the conclusion it was wasted effort.

--Rocky Entriken

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John Price" <>
To: "Friends of Triumph" <>
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2004 10:44 AM
Subject: Track pick-up

> Amici:
>    I am having a serious problem with track pick-up. When I come in from a
> session I have a great deal of rubber bits sort of welded to the tire
> It is extremely difficult to remove, especially if I let the tires cool
> No, it is not reverted rubber from the tires themselves. Could this be a
> tire-pressure or camber related problem? I am running Kuhmo 205-50 x15s
> 30psi in the front and 28psi in the back. I had the same problem with my
> Yokahame A-008s, so I don't think it's the tires.
> John Price

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