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Tyre Question(3 posts)

Tyre QuestionNoam
Nov 11, 2003 12:02 AM
How much of peformance is lost when a tire become square. Please explain.

Noam
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Virtually none, IMOKerry Irons
Nov 11, 2003 11:55 AM
If you are at the critical limit of handling, you'd want the best rubber possible, particularly on the front. However, that doesn't describe many of us. The rubber tread is pretty soft, so having a narrow thin section in the middle is not a big issue.
re: Tyre Questionasgelle
Nov 11, 2003 12:37 PM
Since the contact area of the tire and road is set by the tire pressure and weight on the tire, the contact area of the sqared-off tire is the same as a new one. Given that fact, only the shape of the contact area changes and I don't believe that will affect tire handling at all, in any meaningful way.