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What's everyone's opinions on tire warmers? Necessary, helpful, useless...
Running Q3+'s on the track. Can't complain about these tires out the box but I figured I'd get some references.

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What's everyone's opinions on tire warmers? Necessary, helpful, useless...
Running Q3+'s on the track. Can't complain about these tires out the box but I figured I'd get some references.
I used to run the Q3+ on tracks with my 600 and no issues whatsoever without warmers. In my opinion warmers are useless with DOT tires for track days. One warmup/sighting lap won't kill you getting tire up to temp. The Q3's especially heat up quick as well. I would say save the money on warmer's unless running slicks or your going right into a race.
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Last weekend I test D212 GP Pro 4 front and D212 GP Racer E rear. I don't have warmers, after 1st lap grip is ok, after 2nd drag the foot peg.
But this was track day. If is a race perhaps U must use warmers.
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Q3+ don't need warmers...
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you will actually over heat the tire if you run a full 20 minute session using warmers on a q3.

I run slicks and warmers are a huge pain in the ass but it makes them last longer.

Street tire operating temps are low setting on most warmers so your at operating temp when you go out and the just get over heated and greasy every lap you run which decrease tire life.
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No need for warmers. Just check hot pressures (fresh off the track) 2-3 times throughout the day and rock on.

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Can you use warmers on Q3/Q3+/Q4? Yes. Do you need them? Not necessarily.

Best case scenario you'll get some more confidence with less warmup laps. And you shouldn't overheat your Q3+s if you're pressures are correct.

Info straight from Dunlop. In the description they give you warmer psi and cold psi to start from.

Dunlop Racing Ľ Q3+

Also, Dunlop recommends warmers for all tires be set at 158F for 45 to 60 min

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No need for warmers. Just check hot pressures (fresh off the track) 2-3 times throughout the day and rock on.
You have to be EXTREMELY careful with this process because it can be hard to control. The amount of time it takes you to come off the track, pit, and check pressures varies so widely from session to session its hard to get an accurate measurement. Thats why so many manufactures recommend off the warmer psi.
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31 psi front, 30 psi rear.....Q-3's are fine after 2 warm up laps...
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31 psi front, 30 psi rear.....Q-3's are fine after 2 warm up laps...
I usually only took it easy for 1 lap and never had an issue. 2 laps is probably much safer but I live in Texas so usually I am coming into the pits after the 4th lap

OP - Focus on hard acceleration and braking, without having to lean it & your street tires will heat up pretty quick.
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