Originally Posted by Roman
I am advising a newcomer to the club the benefits of upgrading tires for overall buggy performance.
He has a Desert Gator, Tamiya DT-02 chassis.
It goes around the track quite well, but i am sure it would cut faster laps
with softer tires as the kit tires are very hard.
I would have recommended Jconcepts double dees on the rear and Jconcepts groovy ribbed tires on the front, which is what i use at the moment.
But i can't find wheels made for the DT-02 that would fit these 2.2 size tires.
So to my actual question. . .
I have found that 3Racing make a complete wheel and tire set for the DT-02, and the DB-01.
Does anyone know what sort of compound the tires are ????
Surely it must be softer at least than the hard kit tires ??
Thanks in advance.
Here are some options for you:
First, Tamiya makes 2.2 wheels for DT-02. All you have to do is to find the part number 51205 (front) and 53881 (rear). Try those to see it will fit the prolines. My source told me that it would.
Second, back in the day, all Tamiya racers used to switch the front knuckles with the AE one to use standard size wheels and it would have fit in place without much modification. If you have a spare, try it on his car to see if it still the case. If it is, you can put Jconcepts wheel and tires on it just the way your recommended. As far as the rear end, you can put Kyosho Rear wheels on it. It uses hex hubs just like Kyoshos.
Or, you can mod Kyosho's RB5 front C-hubs to fit into DT-02's front arms so you can use Kyosho Rims all around. It's abit more work and pretty pricey but it will work.
Or...you better off having the kid save off some $$$ to buy him a new car that is going to work better for him like either team AE B4 or Kyosho RB5.