Moonshine Tire Prep, User guide and Ideas
This guide was written to give you basic info on the Moonshine Tire Prep line and practical applications at home in the shop and at the track. This guide is to be used as a resource to help you learn. Once you grasp the concepts, use your own judgement to better your program!
-tire preparation factors
-new tire prep
Moonshine “grape” inside(purple)- this is our inside prep designed for all types of tires in all types of racing. This inside prep drops the duro while adding bite in the tire. On kart tires expect a 1 point per 10cc drop. the larger the tire, the more you will need to drop the tire. We dont recommend inside prepping some brands of tires in certain situations, we will get more into this in applications.
Moonshine “bubble gum” agressive(blue)- This is our aggressive prep in the Moonshine line. Bubble gum is a great trackside prep to fire the tire in wet, slick, or cold, low bite applications. This prep dries well and can be used mixed with other preps in our line. It will drop the duro 2-10 points depending on use.
Moonshine “cherry” medium/bite(red)- Cherry is our medium based prep that adds a ton of bite to the tire. this prep is our most used prep on race day at any track that get good but becomes dry slick or sandy. Cherry is oily and slow drying which makes it great to cut with other preps or use as a bite adder in others. 0-6 point drop depending on use.
Moonshine “watermelon” hard track(pink)- This is our hard track, non aggressive, lite prep for those situations where the track is really good and making bite. this prep is best used when you only need to get the tires fired off and going. very little to no duro drop.
Moonshine “green apple” heavy weekly(green)- This prep is best used during the week on tires that are going to be run on slick tracks or aggressively prepped tires. will drop the duro or help maintain lower euro tires for wet tracks,
Track tac AT2- This prep is one that we use during the week in all med-high bite applications. This product works well and we didn’t feel the need to make a prep when this one does the job very good and is readily available. will drop duro 0-8 points depending on weekly use.
Moonshine Car prep #2- this is our car prep made for all types of car racing tires. dirt, asphalt, oval, drag, road course, it applies to all. We use this as a base on all car tires. It adds great bite, keeps tires consistent, and is hard to detect with proper use.
When looking at preparing a set of tires there are a few different factors we look at to help us make the best decision on what needs to be done. The track, weather and time of the year, class being run, and size of the race are some of the big factors that will help you come up with the best plan on fixing a set of tires.
The track- Dirt content, moisture content, size, and shape can be looked at in fixing tires for a race. The more clay in the dirt, typically the more bite the track will have. if the track retains a bunch of moisture typically you will need softer or deeper tires depending on the brand of tire you are running. At the larger tracks roll speed will be more crucial meaning you might want to try and fix the tires to maintain that, and not over prep.
Tracks with tight corners or that are small in general will require more bite to not slide, also affecting how much prep the tire should have.
Weather- The weather will have a big part in your tire preparation of the new tires. In the cooler months of the year you will want deeper tires and more prep in the tire to hook up on the typically slicker track conditions. during the warmer months you want to lessen the amount of prep with the hotter temps and the tires being more flexible, also the tracks dry out and harden up meaning less prep is needed.
class being run- the lighter the kart (i.e. jr classes) typically the softer the tire will need to be in order to keep the kart from sliding. with the light kart and less power the softer tire helps the momentum up. As the karts get heavier the less prep will be needed to achieve speed since the will have more mechanical force to help create bite.
Size of the race- this is one of the factors I have used to help make decisions on tires for a few years and it typically fall in line. the bigger the event the more the tracks progress, which will change you approach to the new tire. The bigger the race and more karts present create a more run in surface typically harder and has more grip. less aggressive prep or less prep all together may be a benefit.