Cold Weather Technical Service Bulletin
Recommendations on the Proper Use and Handling of Competition Tires in Colder Climates
This bulletin only applies to the following products:
- Razr SCR/SCR2
- Victra ZR-9
- Victra RC-1
- Victra VR-1
- Victra R19
- Victra MA-Z1 Drift
- M8090 Creepy Crawler Competition Spec
- M8060 Trepador Bias Competition Spec
When the Maxxis competition tires are exposed to temperatures below 32ºF (0ºC), the unique racing rubber compounds used in these tires will lose their flexibility. This loss in flexibility can lead to potential cracking and other damage to the tire. An example can be seen below:
Figure 1. Tread Area Cracking Due to Colder Temperatures
TO MINIMIZE THE CHANCES OF THIS HAPPENING, CONSUMERS AND INSTALLERS ARE ADVISED TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS:
- Do not move or operate the car with these tires mounted on the vehicle if conditions are below 32ºF (0ºC). ALWAYS INSPECT FOR SIGNS OF CRACKING! NEVER USE TIRES THAT HAVE CRACKED!
- Always store these tires indoors and at temperatures above 32ºF (0ºC).
- Avoid transporting and handling these tires in conditions below 32°F (0°C).
- Do not mount or dismount these tires when the surrounding work area temperature is under 50ºF (10ºC). ALWAYS INSPECT FOR SIGNS OF CRACKING! NEVER USE TIRES THAT HAVE CRACKED!
- Before mounting or dismounting, store these tires indoors for at least 24 hours in a temperature-controlled area of 68ºF (20ºC) or warmer. ALWAYS INSPECT FOR SIGNS OF CRACKING! NEVER USE TIRES THAT HAVE CRACKED!
- Remove these tires from the vehicle and deflate to half the normal air pressure during prolonged periods of non-use or storage.
For more information, please contact the Maxxis Tech Center at (866) 509-7067
MAXXIS TECH CENTER USA
480 Old Peachtree Road NW, Suwanee, GA30024