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Old 12-17-2006, 05:18 PM   #1
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Default Do you reuse wheels when tires are fried?

Do most people replace wheels AND tires, or just debond the tires and reuse the same wheels? I need a new set of tires, and at least 1 wheel because I sideswiped a curb and damaged it. Thanks for any advice.
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Depends on the condition of the wheels. I've reused wheels with good success, but only if the wheels were in good shape (no cracks, or too badly warped). To remove the old tires from the wheels, place the tires on some alum foil or old cookie tray, and bake in the oven @ 300 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. The tires will then peel right off the wheels. Caution - You'll smell up the kitchen a little, (your not making cookies ), but its worked very well for me.
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Old 12-17-2006, 07:30 PM   #3
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I have access to a heat gun and was wondering about trying that, but wasn't sure if there was a chemical that might work too. Not sure if the wife will approve of the oven, but its worth a try. Thanks.
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I've tried the oven and boiling. My choice is acetone just put a small amount 1/4" in the bottom of a coffee can and soak the tire over night and the glue and everything will come right off. If you want to save the foams just cut the tire in half and pull the foam out because the acetone will ruin the foam. The wheel bead will look as if no glue was ever on it.
This pretty much only works to save the rims. It seems to have a bad effect on losi pink's.
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You can reuse as long as the rim is not bent. Just soak wheel in Acetone over night then cut old tire off.
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I reuse my rims.Only way I can afford to get new tires.

Oh, and I usally boil and/or just rip the tires off the rim.Its really hard to just pull them off without boiling them, but I get it done.Then I dremel the rim until its totaly clean and perfect.
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I rip the tires off and then stick the wheel in a lathe , and with a groove tool remove all of the old tire and ca. They come out as good as new.
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Originally Posted by swannco
Do most people replace wheels AND tires,
depends on how much money ya got. if your on the lower end of the economic scale, acetone is the way to go. it's cheaper than running your oven for a while. if money ain't a problem....buy new.
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Oven trick works best in the summer when you can open windows (the smoke is pretty much cyanide, AFAIK). The good thing about it is you can do as many as you want in one shot. I usually do 8 at once. There isn't a faster way to remove tires that I know of.
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is there any way to save the tire/rim with out using the baking method? i have some wheel with bad inserts, and i want to replace them
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I would bake them for 20 minutes or so, then acetone them for a few days. The acetone cleans up your wheels as well, good stuff. Just make sure you don't buy to much acetone, or the feds will be at your house.
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If you have Losi pink, Proline R3 or Panther "c" then baking is the only good option. If you use acetone the chemical will shrink/harden the rubber (It does on losi pink, not sure about the others I mentioned). I have an old toaster oven for this. I do it outside on my porch so the house doesn't stink. Acetone leaves the tire rim cleanest but only works for Proling M2/3, Losi Red/Silver, and Panther non "c".
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