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I took delivery of a set of 888's today. Unfortunately, the delivery company did not ring the doorbell upon delivery, so the tires sat on the porch for several hours.

It's minus 8C (15F) outside. I read a notice stuck to the tires cautioning about using and storing the tires below freezing, but it says nothing regarding my issue.

Is it a problem that they sat out in freezing conditions?

Thanks for your help.
 

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My Yokohama AD07s are rated to be used and stored above 14f. 4 years in sometimes chilly Denver and no problems, even with a detached, unheated garage. I'd guess that despite the ambient air temp of 15f, your tires stayed a bit warmer, since it was daytime and they probably absorbed some uv rays (unless they were in the shade all day). Prolonged cold weather exposure-days of 10f weather while running them on cold or snow-packed roads, then I'd be worried, but a few hours on the porch wouldn't concern me too much.

Maybe the tire expert guys can chime in with something more definitive, though.

Tom
 

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Thanks for the reply. They were under the overhang of the porch so they were not in the sun.

I could see (based upon the little I know about race compound motorcycle tires) that freezing might cause issues when heat cycled on the track (cold tearing). But, these tires will not see track time.

Am I off in my thinking?
 

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Well, I'm not an expert, but I assume the tires are unmounted and thus uninflated...

Bring them indoors, or at least somewhere that's above freezing. I'm guessing that they will survive.

Back in January, I drove up to Willow Springs the night before a track day... temperature dropped to 23F overnight (and the tires, R888s, were pressurized and on the car), but there were no ill effects...
 

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Thanks for the reply. They were under the overhang of the porch so they were not in the sun.

I could see (based upon the little I know about race compound motorcycle tires) that freezing might cause issues when heat cycled on the track (cold tearing). But, these tires will not see track time.

Am I off in my thinking?

Im with ya on the concern.. When my 888s arrived it was sub freezing so I took them in side.

The ones on the car now have been sitting in sub freeze during this winter. No cracking or anything. I do know that the toyos have that consumer warning sticker on them.

Do the Yokos and other r compound tires have the same problem?

I was thinking about using them for a 2day track event. Just to get the last bit of use from them.

Has anyone had any issues doing this after storing them in sub freezing temps?

I will most likely just put the new ones on, but I hate throwing away such expensive tires. Especially when the fronts are only about half way through their life.

any comments?:shrug:
 
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