Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Saturday November 28, 2015
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC General > Motorsports

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads. 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-03-2005, 12:33 PM   #1
Scooby Newbie
Member#: 89538
Join Date: Jun 2005
Default R-Compound Q - Is 4yrs too old?

In my quest to find a used set of R-comps in 225/50/16 I received an offer from a fellow racer with a set of 2001 Kuhmo V700s, used for a coupla laps only as rain tires, >90% usable tread.

They are cheap - is a 4 y.o tire worth it?
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
squirrelgripper is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Old 12-03-2005, 12:41 PM   #2
Scooby Specialist
Member#: 54885
Join Date: Feb 2004
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: NYC/WV
2004 PSM STi
2006 Mazda MX-5 Race Car


I really am not sure, but I also have another related question to add to this. For how long and in what conditions should R-compounds be stored when not in use? Should they be taken off the rim?

MattSTi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2005, 12:43 PM   #3
Scooby Guru
Member#: 8343
Join Date: Jul 2001
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: Atlanta, GA
2005 2012 Jeep
2013 DGM BRZ


From my experience with people running on 4 yo tires, if you aren't getting them for free then they aren't worth it.
dwx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2005, 01:30 PM   #4
Scooby Newbie
Member#: 89538
Join Date: Jun 2005

I think you need to keep them in an airless, cool, dark environment - I've heard of folks stuffing them in plastic trash bags and sealing them up for storage.
squirrelgripper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2005, 01:39 PM   #5
Scooby Newbie
Member#: 77222
Join Date: Dec 2004
Chapter/Region: NESIC
Location: Boston, MA
06 WRX


With R-compound's it's all about the heat cycles. Especially on the high end Hoosier type tires. The more times they are heat cycled, the less life they have.
They should be stored in a controlled temp. enviroment and with no air pressure. I don't know if the trash bag's help.
I've bought and driven on used race rubber, but I wouldn't buy anything over 1 or maybe 2 years old.. but that was like 50% used.

If they have been kept in a good enviroment and a good price, they may be worth it.
Hondo88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2005, 02:28 PM   #6
Scooby Guru
Member#: 37359
Join Date: May 2003
2003 WRX


Another potential issue...

If they are the Ecsta V700, which were a popular rain tire, they should only be run full tread as rains, so if they're still soft enough to use, they'll develop bad wear patterns quickly in the dry.

If they're the Victoracer V700, ignore this comment.
leecea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-03-2005, 06:40 PM   #7
Homemade WRX
Scooby Guru
Member#: 33782
Join Date: Mar 2003
Chapter/Region: MAIC
Location: 3MI Racing LLC
96 bastard child
search FIRST, then PM!!!


have the tires been in bags/sealed/wrapped up for the four years?...with out race tires, especially our rain tires we keep them bagged...keeps the life of the rubber preserved, somewhat...
Homemade WRX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2005, 12:33 PM   #8
Scooby Specialist
Member#: 48377
Join Date: Nov 2003
Chapter/Region: MWSOC
Location: "They eat fish soaked in lye"
1996 Gutted, built
XP class Impreza L


Bagging the tires keeps them from the rubber from getting oxidized as quickly. If they were bagged, they might be as quick as a set of Azenia's being that they are 4 years old. In cold weather they will be worse, in hot weather they will be better. If they were not bagged they are worthless.

I ran on used V700's that were 2 years old this year and after trying a set of Azenia's (RT215's) that were fairly new I'd say the V700's were slower. This was towards the end of the season and end of the life of the V700's.
speedyHAM is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Deodorant, when is it too old to use? rice h8r Off-Topic 12 10-25-2009 11:23 PM
Is 65K too old to start modding? kubuli-wrx Newbies & FAQs 6 08-21-2007 05:05 PM
How old is too old... Waxiboy General Community 62 02-17-2006 09:25 AM
How old is too old? Fach Off-Topic 34 06-01-2005 12:21 PM
How old is too old for an amp? wrx2.0 555 Car Audio, Video & Security 10 01-10-2005 12:19 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:01 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2015 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2015, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.