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I have heard completely opposite feedback from people I respect as drivers. What are you guys experiencing?

I have heard...
The SM6 is faster ( what we saw at test by about .2-3 on average)
The Sm7 is faster
The SM7 is more consistent and easier to drive
The SM7 slip angle is such that it breaks away with little warning
The SM7 is easier to drive and more consistent
The SM7 doesn't go away the entire race like the SM6 does
The Sm6 doesn't go away during the race like the SM7 does
The Sm7 gets better after a few cycles


Anyone with actual experience on the tires want to comment, I think this should be a good thread for all.

Any set up changes? More pressure? Less pressure?

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We don't even start racing until April....I keep waiting for the rest of you to figure it out :)


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At NOLA: 1 HC SM6s grained. They were from the Runoffs.
2 HC SM6 same story. Warned tire up slowly and it still grained.
10 HC Toyo RR no issues with graining just wailed on them on practice day.
SM7 2 lap warm up, no graining, stickers through 3 HC

SM7 definitely less grip cold. First turn out lap on stickers I put it off track as the tire had less grip than I found in the rain.
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What does Mr T. Craig Berry have to say ????

 

My Nola experience:

 

Same psi as SM6

Not good first session

Needs to cool off after initial session. Only sat for a couple hours. But, it was cold and windy.

Brown and Voytek raced on 3 session tires in Sunday SM race

Voytek ran 5 session old tires in Sunday STL race. He has never been on 5 session old tires, EVER!!!!

Most sessions had the fastest laps at end of session.

 

May be a tad slower than SM6, but we had no data to back that up, only seat of the pants feeling.

 

I got a warm fuzzy feeling that these will be an improvement. BUT, my only experience is at a track that nobody had any previous experience.

 

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I run the same pressure in the SM7s as I did SM6s. I had myself, Mark Drennan, and Kyle Kaiser on the same tire setup at our first majors at Fontucky this year, all were in the hunt with no complaints to me.

In my testing they are still plenty fast at cycle 5-6 and can do long runs. 15-20 lap runs with good laps at the beginning and of you need to you can put a flyer together at the end. Stickers are still good to me. A little edgy but the last bit you need is there hiding somewhere in lap 3-4.

A lot of lap records will get touched up on out here in the West I think.

I like the fact you can run just about any amount of camber with these tires and still get away. They will cord the outside edge after a lot of driving 8-10+ long cycles for what I'm doing but it's fast for a sprint race....
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We don't even start racing until April....I keep waiting for the rest of you to figure it out :)

The SM7 snow tires are pretty good in Ohio. I studded mine.


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The data that I have from Sebring and Nola is slightly contradictory. Sebring....on the older pavement there was no doubt that the 6's were faster.....may have been a little harder to drive at the end of a run, but faster. NOLA....with the new, COTA like, very smooth pavement the 6's seemed to be out of their element, VERY hard to drive fast (not impossible) and very hard to be consistent or get a rhythm. Taylor's Sunday performance was the lone exception I noticed. The 7's were more consistent and easy to push to the limit. I was going to run 4 session 7's for the Sunday race until we found a quarter size pc of rubber missing from the right rear tire, so I went to one session......before that, the more cycles the 7's had the faster they were.
I think the only conclusion that can be made with my personal data, watching Alex and Lamb in Florida, and Voytek, Brown at NOLA, is that the 7 is a tire that will be the same or maybe even better for several sessions. I think this will be a better tire for our series.
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Thanks for sharing guys. I ran them SM6's and SM7's at Sebring and at PBIR. 

 

I want to exclude PBIR from this comparison as I believe that like Mid Ohio, this track likes older harder tires, as they grain really easily. I did not run NOLA but it sounds as though it is similar there. 

 

  • At some tracks the SM6 will be much better, it appears to be a grippier softer tire than the SM7, and is amazing in the early stages, but can fall off rapidly at the end of a race.
  • It appears as if the SM7 is slightly harder compound and might be more durable, and might provide more usable heat cycles, but I can't say that with any certainty just yet. 

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Guys Thanks for sharing. Some very fast Drivers/teams sharing their opinions for all. Very nice and only in SM will you find this! When I have run the SM 7 tire, I will contribute as well.
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I have only run the SM7 at NOLA, but it was definitely the better tire at that track. Regardless of which tire is faster, as that wont be an issue much longer, I REALLY like the SM7 so far. The tire stays very consistent if not improves for the first several heat cycles. Gone are the days where a set of stickers has a couple of tenths advantage. I have high hope that this tire will be very good for the class.

 

As far as NOLA is concerned, I switched over to the SM7 on Saturday qual and ran quite a bit faster than Friday afternoon. Some of that time I do attribute to the faster tire, but it was also a new track so I was getting faster each session. I ran the SM7 Saturday qual, Saturday race and Sunday race. Each time the tires felt great. I ran them particularly hard on the Saturday race and I was sure there was going to be graining when I came in. Much to my surprise they looked great. They seem to be able to take a high level of abuse without destroying themselves.


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After extensive testing at the shop today, we've decided they make crappy snow tires. The old SM6 was no better.


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Maybe I have missed it but are sticker SM7s any faster, is it going to eliminate the need to sticker up?
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Maybe I have missed it but are sticker SM7s any faster, is it going to eliminate the need to sticker up?

In my limited experience, I would say stickers are actually slower.  Or at least at NOLA it seemed to be no advantage.


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So that just means we'll get back to people complaining about predictability of when tires "come in" :D

 

I miss those days!!!  

 

And they were predictable if you did your homework.


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I think at certain tracks you MAY be able to use them all weekend.Rotate your new set in on the practice day or in qualifying if the track likes them. If they work for 5 HC EVERY time and if most tracks like a one HC tire ---we will be golden.

 

 

The whole goal of using less tires comes down to 4 laps as I see it. SM6 tires are ALMOST always faster for the first few laps---thus the need to always sticker up. Get rid of that and it will help everyone's tire budget may times over. It sounds promising that this tire is closer to that.


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I raced a 1.6 at the Sebring regional and have some revealing information on the SM6 vs.SM7. Call me silly or cheap....but I had 3 new SM6's and couldn't find a new SM6 so I bought a single SM7. I placed it on the left front and went racing...I know...silly but my car is a mid-pack car and I'm new to driving a SM so I knew I would be getting up to speed throughout the weekend anyway. No real expectations in the races anyway.

My car felt the same throughout the weekend but developed a push on the left handlers in the closing laps of a 30 minute SARRC race. Car stayed neutral in the right handlers all weekend.

With my limited experience, it looks like the SM6 fell off in the closing laps and the SM7 held on for the duration.

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I still haven't looked closely at my data.  I did a pressure sweep high to low with them at Sebring (regional) and the 7's were much more forgiving at high pressures than the the 6's are.  

 

One thing that did happen and that I had never experienced.  We were running after the big bore GT1 etc. cars.  When we took the track it was like driving on ice.  The first few turns I really had to be careful not to crash.  By driving off line and aggressively warming up the tires it got better.  I think most did have better grip and times later in the race.  It just seemed like the 7's were less compatible with other tire compounds.  This may be track specific, I don't know.  The corners that seemed worse were concrete. 



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<snip>    I placed it on the left front and went racing...

Now, THAT's the right way to do real tire comparison testing!  :-)

 

Pretty interesting, Jeff.  Thanks for sharing.


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Since the cat is out of the bag, here is what we ran at NOLA

 

LF; SM6, 2 heat cycles, higher pressure with decrease in negative camber

RF; SM7 stickers, lower pressure, normal camber

LR; SM7, 3 cycles, high pressure, normal camber but additional toe out

RR; SM6, stickers, normal pressure, more negative camber with toe in


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