An asymmetric tyre, for dry or damp/wet surfaces

Notable steering precision and adherence in traction and braking above all on fast roads, even at low levels of grip. The rigid structure and the dense tread pattern ensure good stability above all in fast cornering characterized by prolonged stress on the tyre. The asymmetric tread pattern ensures excellent performance in traction and braking thanks to the internal blocks. The external blocks facilitate excellent directionality and high lateral grip. Available in different compounds, according to the characteristics of adherence of the ground and the weather conditions. For the hardest and most severe surfaces the K is available in a “reinforced’’ version. The features of directionality and traction are combined with resistance and integrity thanks to its reinforced structure both in the tread zone and in the sidewalls, which are more resistant to lacerations and cuts.

  • Gravel

K
TECHNICAL ADVICES

TYRE IDENTIFICATION FITMENT TREAD TEMPERATURES AND HAND-CUTTING PRESSURE
Tyre identification

The markings that appears on the side of the tyres also tells us the basic size of the tyre, the rim diameter and the width of the rim.
We will illustrate how to read two different types of branding that may appear on the side of the rally tyres.
C: Nominal section width expressed in mm - 225
D: Nominal external diameter expressed in mm - 600
d: Nominal rim diameter of the rim, expressed in inches - 16
C: Nominal section width expressed in mm - 205
h/C: Tyre’s technical series. This expresses the ration between the section height (in mm) and the nominal section width (in mm) - 65
Radial construction - R
d: Nominal rim diameter of the rim, expressed in inches - 15

Marking
​The treads of the various versions of rally tyres are described by one or two letters followed by a number. The letters identify the type of tread. 
The number after the letter indicates the type of use, for example: RX 7
Fitment
​Make sure that tyres are fitted by experts, with specialised dedicated machinery and equipment, who follow safety procedures.
Before mounting the tyres clean the surface of the beads and the area of the rim that comes into contact with the tyre.
Use ONLY special tyre lubricants for mounting tyres. Do NOT use silicone or petroleum lubricants.
Check the state of the valves to prevent air loss: Check the seals and the tightness for metal ones and check also for any tears or cracks in rubber seals. If necessary, replace them. When the tyre is being used, always use the valve cover top.
Follow the indications provided on the sidewall of the tyre referring to the rolling direction and the correct positioning of the internal and external sidewalls, if specified.
Use the safety cage when inflating tyres.
Before unseating the tyre from the rim during disassembly, make sure that the tyre has been fully deflated, removing the inner valve mechanism.
Tread temperatures and hand-cutting
Temperatures measured on the tread are an excellent indicator for deciding the best choice of final compound and for optimising corner adjustments of the vehicle, such as camber and toe.

We recommend measuring the temperature at three different points: inner (innermost side of the vehicle), centre, outer tread.
In particular, average temperatures must be the ones shown in the table, the difference between the values measured internally, in the centre and externally must be maximum 20°, while the difference between the front and rear axles must be no more than 25°.
If these values are exceeded, we recommend a different final compound should be used or the vehicle’s geometry should be adjusted.

The tread on some types of tyres can be hand cut to increase the size of the existing grooves.
Hand-cutting is useful for improving grip in certain intermediate situations, between dry and thoroughly wet surfaces, or on mixed gravel/rock and sandy surfaces.
The tread efficiency in the conditions for which it was originally designed will no longer be the same.
Hand-cutting must be carried out by experts using specialised equipment, suitable for use while observing safety regulations.
The red color is used to highlight where grooves can be Hand-Cut.

Pressure
Working pressure values depend on the size of the tyre in relation to the load that it is subjected to. In other words, it will vary according to the type of car, the weight and conditions of use.
In particular, as the weight of the vehicle, speeds and accelerations that the tyre is subjected to increase, the working pressure must be increased. In any case, tyres should not be used at pressures below 1.6 bar.
Using excessively low pressures would bring about the breaking of the tyre due to excess force on the sidewall or unseating from the rim. “Hot” working pressures are usually in the range of 2.2 – 2.5 bar.
Initial inflation pressures vary in order to obtain these values, depending on whether the tyres are preheated or used “cold”. Indeed, preheated tyres can be inflated to slightly lower values than cold tyres. 
The difference will depend on the type of heater, the time it remains and the environmental conditions.

K
TECHNICAL DATA

tyre size version diameter
(mm)D
section width(mm)C tread WDT(mm)Cb rolling circumference
(mm)
rim
tyre size160/70R15 TL versionK4 -K6 diameter
(mm)D
615
section width(mm)C176 tread WDT(mm)Cb150 rolling circumference(mm)1844 rim5,5
tyre size175/70R15 TL versionK4 -K6 diameter
(mm)D
625
section width(mm)C185 tread WDT(mm)Cb169 rolling circumference(mm)1876 rim6
tyre size185/70R15 TL versionK4 - K6 diameter
(mm)D
638
section width(mm)C198 tread WDT(mm)Cb165 rolling circumference(mm)1916 rim6
tyre size195/70R15 TL versionK2 - K4- K6 diameter
(mm)D
650
section width(mm)C202 tread WDT(mm)Cb180 rolling circumference(mm)1954 rim6
tyre size205/65R15 TL versionK2 - K4 - K6 - Reinf K2/K4 diameter
(mm)D
649
section width(mm)C228 tread WDT(mm)Cb180 rolling circumference(mm)1951 rim7
SAFETY WARNING: danger may result from improper use. Follow tyre manufacturer’s instructions. Refer to car manufacturer’s recommendations with respect to tyre fitment for each model.

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