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Old 02-04-2010, 05:36 PM   #1
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Take 2 AKA tires, same tread pattern, different compounds and sit them side by side. How can you tell which one is what compound?
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i dont run aka, but this is how they label there online stoor

V=Super Soft
S=Soft
M=Medium
H=Hard
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i dont run aka, but this is how they label there online stoor

V=Super Soft
S=Soft
M=Medium
H=Hard
To add to that. If they are new they will have a color marking on them.

V=Super Soft -Orange
S=Soft - Green
M=Medium - Blue
H=Hard - Yellow
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Take 2 AKA tires, same tread pattern, different compounds and sit them side by side. How can you tell which one is what compound?
They have a model number molded into the sidewall.
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If you look, they do have model numbers. The model number only designates tread pattern though. They don't have the letter designation to distinguish compound. I didn't realize that there were different color dots indicating compound but I see them now.

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If you look, they do have model numbers. The model number only designates tread pattern though. They don't have the letter designation to distinguish compound. I didn't realize that there were different color dots indicating compound but I see them now.

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Well I'll be damned; didnt notice that. Only problem with the color splotch is that it doesnt last long. Of the tires I have, only 2 of them still have the splotch (after one cleaning).
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Well I'll be damned; didnt notice that. Only problem with the color splotch is that it doesnt last long. Of the tires I have, only 2 of them still have the splotch (after one cleaning).
Yea that is the bad problem.

I always just take a sharpie and put the compund on the inside of the wheel and it is a lot easier if you get them mixed up in a bag or in a box.
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You can also rub your finger across the pattern. I can tell that way at least.
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You can also rub your finger across the pattern. I can tell that way at least.
you can tell with proline for sure there m2/m3 diffidence are far apart!
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Personally I use a sharpie and write on the inside of the rim the compound and date when I opened them. Then I never have to wonder.
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You can also rub your finger across the pattern. I can tell that way at least.
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It's fairly easy to tell the difference between med and soft by rubbing the tread. The pins / knobs will fold over much easier on the softer tires. I don't run hard or super-soft, so I can't be sure it's as easy to tell the difference with those.

I agree though, I always mark the inside of the wheel with the compound....
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Thats why the bag was made the way it was. So you can store your tires, keep the rubber fresh and the label on the bag will tell you what compound or if the label is gone you can Sharpie the info on the back.

However, you can "feel" the difference.

OR

Use a tire durometer
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Thats why the bag was made the way it was. So you can store your tires, keep the rubber fresh and the label on the bag will tell you what compound or if the label is gone you can Sharpie the info on the back.

However, you can "feel" the difference.

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Use a tire durometer
I don't really care for the bags. I've been using the dialed tire cans, which you can label too. I was just wondering how people mark them to make sure they don't get mixed up.
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I don't really care for the bags. I've been using the dialed tire cans, which you can label too. I was just wondering how people mark them to make sure they don't get mixed up.
AH! Yes, sharpie on the back of the wheel.

Sorry for the confusion.
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