Originally Posted by MDawson
Drive conservatively doesnt like an option. There is a good balance of tire life and performance. If your EXP36 is wearing too quickly or overheating I would suggest using the EXP40.
What kind of surface is that asphalt or concrete? I would suggest trying the EXP40 with an oil based sauce ideally. If you go with the EXP36 try a softer insert with a wheel that has more airgap or soft wheel. The option of the EXP40 will trade a little performance upfront but finish well and have a little more life. For all out performance - the EXP36 is great from the start.
Thanks, Mark. Our surface is very abrasive asphalt. I've been using tire tweak with warmers, wiping off before the run.
My "fast" combination is EXP36 with Medium EXP insert on Yellow nylon wheels. The Medium EXP insert gives me better wear than the premount thin insert, and also a more direct driving feel that I prefer. But they still drop off 2-3 tenths per lap for each of the first two runs, and I can't more than one day out of them.
When track temps come up above about 115*F or so, I switch to the 40's with the medium EXP insert on nylon wheels. All the other (more experienced) drivers say the 40s don't work at that temp, but a few of them also have Sweep sponsorships
so wear isn't such an issue for them.
I also find that, especially with the 36's, my tires grain and develop the "groove of death" faster than most people, even people who look
like they're pushing really, really hard on their tires. I think a bit of it is driving and some is setup. I haven't gotten to race much this summer, so I'm having to re-learn some of the things I had figured out by the end of last summer, but didn't write down.
I tried the Team Powers 36, and I think they're faster than an EXP40, but more consistent and better-wearing than an EXP36. But I can still grain them on 110*F+ asphalt, and I don't like the ABS plastic wheels.
I want to try the R36, to see where it stands.