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Old 08-31-2011, 09:47 PM   #1
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PS2 Meltdown

My PS2s began to melt after 4 track sessions on Sunday. Has anyone seen this happen? Is there cause for concern?

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Old 08-31-2011, 09:54 PM   #2
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looks normal (at the upper end of the scale) to me
After a few hundred kilometers they should look fine again

Maybe next time with dedicated track tires...
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yeah, not bad. your tire pressures may have been a TAD high (1-2psi)
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Okay thanks guys! I was running 32f 36r; it was cold day too... so not sure where to go with pressures next time
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Old 09-01-2011, 07:53 AM   #5
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I just think your tire's were just picking up other car's R compound rubber. Look normal.
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Technically those arent PS2's, they are Sport Ribs. Sorry, I'm a stickler for detail...
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Okay thanks guys! I was running 32f 36r; it was cold day too... so not sure where to go with pressures next time
was this hot or cold tire pressure?
for hot it would sound sound a little low
for cold it would sound way too high
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was this hot or cold tire pressure?
for hot it would sound sound a little low
for cold it would sound way too high
There is a company named Porsche that would disagree with you!
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There is a company named Porsche that would disagree with you!
Maybe for daily commute
But for track driving, I would expect the temps to go up much higher and consequently the pressure to go up like 6 ~ 10 PSI
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I experienced the same tire "melting" with my set of PS2's after a few sessions at the track. This is normal. The tires now might make some strange rumbling noise on the freeway until the excess melted rubber wears down - this is normal too. I actually stopped and checked because it sounded like I had a loose wheel.

In 3-4 weeks when the excess rubber has worn down, you might want to have the tires rebalanced since so much of the tread has changed due to the melting.

I found that a an alignment with as much negative camber as you can get was helpful in reducing the load and temps of the outside of the tire during hard cornering. However, it will also add more wear to the inside of the tires on a daily basis so you'll have to consider the trade offs between inside tire street wear vs outside tire track wear. Tracking a street car is all about tradeoff's!

After my PS2's wore out, I went to another high performance tire that was more track oriented and have not seen the same level of melting even on hotter track days. Look for a tire with a tread wear rating less than 200. There are several brands and models that meet this criteria such as Hankook Ventus RS-3, Kumho Ecsta XS, Bridgestone Potenza RE-11, etc. Do a search on TireRack and sort by UTQG (tire wear) and you can eval from there.

Of course, lower tread wear tires will stick and wear better on the track but also wear much faster. Another one of those darn tradeoff's!
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was this hot or cold tire pressure?
for hot it would sound sound a little low
for cold it would sound way too high
These were cold pressures...the beads on the front were from my tires there was additional pickup as well

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These were cold pressures...the beads on the front were from my tires there was additional pickup as well

Thanks all for your thoughts
My experience in street tire pressures on the track is as follows:

Neutral balance: 32F and 34R hot. Start at 28F and 30R cold and adjust after each session as the tires heat up.

A little understeer: 30F and 34R hot. Start at 26F and 30R cold and adjust after each session as the tires heat up.

I personally like a little understeer still in the car on the track so I aim for 30/31F and 34R hot.
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track pressures all depend on driver, tire size, tire compound, alignment, ambient temp, track temp, track surface grade, relative humidity & about thirty other factors......

if you are using air (vs. nitrogen), your back tires will tend to increase about 6-10psi and your front tires will increase a little less; maybe 4-8 psi. at jaykay's cold pressures, he was likely well into the 40's hot. this will cause treadwear & temperature issues.

jaykay posted two pics; the first one shows some mild overheating toward the center of the tread. if he would have driven extended sessions, i think he would have started to see a bit of chunking here. the little blobs are just pickup from the track & are no big deal. the second picture looks fine to me.

tires are a funny thing. they will respond in a specific manner to a POINT. then, they will respond in the OPPOSITE manner. tires have a sweet spot for temp & pressure. within this sweet spot, adding pressure will increase the efficiency of the tire, resulting in MORE grip. a common misconception is that less air = more grip. this is only true when you are outside this sweet spot.

tires have two primary modes through which they develop grip. the first is friction; when you rub a material across another material, friction tries to prevent motion. the other is called mechanical keying. the tire actually deforms to the shape of the road surface. when it does this, the surface deformation acts almost like gears in a transmission. the tire and road are 'keyed' together. combined, friction & mechanical keying are referred to as 'stiction' in motorsports circles.

at any rate, pressures & temperatures effect the amount of keying vs. friction that will contribute to total stiction. when there is too much pressure in a tire, there is too much mechanical keying & the tire begins to pull apart (much like stripping gears in a transmission from too much torque). this will cause heat buildup, which will increase pressure & chunking. this cycle will continue until the tire fails. reducing the pressure reduces the keying & allows the tire to slide over the surface rather than chunk apart.

too little pressure = too little keying. the pressure is not adequate to deform the rubber to the road (lack of grip efficiency). in this case, the tire will slide over the road TOO easily; the tire will feel sloppy and the car will float a bit.

here's what happens when you run hard w/ too much pressure:
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btw, notice in the above photo that the chunking tends to occur on the outside shoulder of the tire AND on the center rib.

the outside shoulder abuse we would expect, but the center rib? this is actually expected. the reason is that excess pressure rounds the tread surface (like a donut), causing excessive wear at the center of the tread.
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BFG KD's ? are bad about chunking.
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those are KDW2's, and you're right.....they are pretty bad about chunking if pressures go even a LITTLE too high. that set isn't mine, but i destroyed a set of fronts in 20min not realizing they'd run up to 42psi.....if i keep them at 40psi or less, they never have that problem (even at full tread).
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My PS2's never chunked like those in the pic's, even when the temps got up into the low 40's, but they did wear quickly on the outside shoulders, lost traction, and had a thick "greasy" feeling.

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