Tire seasoning?

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Ok, so i just put some new Nito555 drag radials on my Lightning (pics later), but a local friend told me about 'seasoning' the tires. Any input on this??
Thanks in advance.

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It has something to do with doing a 15 second burnout then parking the vehicle overnight. Supposed to bring the oils to the surface, to ensure tire longevity.
Expansion and contraction theory...

Again, thanks for your input, tire gurus.
 

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Nobody huh?
Even supporting vendors can't answer the question?

Too technical maybe, I won't bother with pics then.
 
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FWIW, us road racers "heat cycle" our tires. Run them in a session, bringing them up to road racing temps, then remove them from the car, lay flat on their side and let sit for a 24 hour period.

Some tires it's more important to heat cycle than others.

YMMV

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Thanks for the feedback, i'm familiar with heat cycling from my old autocrossing days but i wanted to know if anyone in here had tried the drag radial tire seasoning, (or if it's even recommended on a daily driven application for tire longevity).
 

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I like to add some oregano and celery salt. Tenderizes the sidewalls so they don't stick to your ribs. :D
 

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I've bought six Nitto 555's for two cars in the past few months and all of them will shimmy the steering wheel a little bit at lower speeds. I don't have the space to remove the wheels and keep the car up on jackstands.

I got them from Discount Tire Direct. If they offerend heat cycling I'd buy it. I think it would have helped these tires.

Khumho 712's were really bad about this.

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I called Discount Tire Direct.

He said they only offer cycling on competition tires, and that there is no point cycling street tires because they are cured differently.

Is he right? I dunno. My instincts say he isn't and any tire could benefit from controlled heat cycling.

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9746Cobra said:
I called Discount Tire Direct.

He said they only offer cycling on competition tires, and that there is no point cycling street tires because they are cured differently.

Is he right? I dunno. My instincts say he isn't and any tire could benefit from controlled heat cycling.

9746C

A tire as hard as a street tire will not benefit from heat cycling.

OTOH, if you have vibe issues you could shave a street tire to true it up.

FWIW

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Thanks!

I've narrowed down my vibe to the driveshaft as I'm able to make the vast majority of it go away with hoseclamps.

Now I'm looking for a reputable shop to buy a well-balanced alluminum shaft to replace my TSB'd factory non-well balanced alluminum shaft.

Any suggestions?

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I had my Nitto's (315/35/17 Dr's) heat cycled before I installed them and after 25+ 1/4 trips and a few thousand street miles there is still about 1/2 tread left.
 

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