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Old 07-27-2010, 08:47 AM   #1
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What's the best, and easiest way of doing this? I've heard of boiling them in water...but not to sure I want to submerge my foams in water. I've also heard of baking them in the oven or something? Thanks for any help.
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If you just want the insert and rim, just cut the tire off. Cut along the side wall all the way around on one side, peel the rubber over and get your insert. Then cut the rest of the tire off. Place the rim in acetone(depot or lowes) and let it sit for about 12 hours in a sealed container. The glue is completely dissolved and the rubber left on the rim falls right off. Rim is good as new for most brands.
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I've had good luck using the oven method. I set the oven 375, put the tires/rims in, check it after 10 min by seperating the tire from the rim to see how much progress, then back in the oven and check every 3-5 min depending on how much seperation there is. Usually the tire peels off fairly easy, no damage to tire or rim, may want to change foam.
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Do they need to be submerged in the acetone or do vapors do the work? Or is the sealed container for prevention of evaporation?
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I usually just submerge the whole tire/wheel in acetone in a paint container (bought new of course). I let it soak for about 30 hours. The wheel peels right off and I'm also able to reuse the insert.
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How long can you keep it before it's no good? About how many tires can you do with a single can of acetone before you have to dispose of it?
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I've had good luck using the oven method. I set the oven 375, put the tires/rims in, check it after 10 min by seperating the tire from the rim to see how much progress, then back in the oven and check every 3-5 min depending on how much seperation there is. Usually the tire peels off fairly easy, no damage to tire or rim, may want to change foam.
close if you use 350 degrees and bake cycle for truck and buggy wheels 22-25 minutes and they slide right off. buggy fronts looking more like 12-15 min make sure the face up were put the cavity to the cookie sheet. Oh and by the way use a cookie sheet with tin foil on it. I do anywhere from one pair to a dozen pair at a time! I tried acetone and it is expensive and does not work all that great and you will weaken the wheel if that is what you are wanting to reuse...

I dont like buying and throwing away the wheels I am kinda on a budget and rather spend that money on more tires then wheels....
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I usually just submerge the whole tire/wheel in acetone in a paint container (bought new of course). I let it soak for about 30 hours. The wheel peels right off and I'm also able to reuse the insert.
how can you reuse the insert when you have it in acetone? the inserts will break down after being in acetone!
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How long can you keep it before it's no good? About how many tires can you do with a single can of acetone before you have to dispose of it?
Get a Brand new empty paint can.... the Acetone will last a long time just keep useing it!
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Thanks guys! I think I'm gonna go with the baking method...

I agree though, about reusing wheels. No reason you can't! I have a bunch of sets of just tires, and even wheels are expensive. That'd be pretty costly buying more wheels even. Thanks again!
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I usually just submerge the whole tire/wheel in acetone in a paint container (bought new of course). I let it soak for about 30 hours. The wheel peels right off and I'm also able to reuse the insert.
I was going to get a set of these wheels for my RC8Be, whenever it comes, but was wondering if the acetone would remove the color when I get ready to change tires?



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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nqwtoF19CA

this is the way i do it with my AKAs
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acetone works great and you dont have to submerge the vapors will eat the glue just seal the can or the aceton will evaporate quickly also not a bad idead to strain the acetone evry once in a while to get all the snot like glue substance out
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ThunderbirdJunkie also uses the bake method.

Preheat oven to 350, place tires on cookie sheet, put them in the oven for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, turn the oven off, and leave the tires in there until everything's cooooooooooooooooool

Open oven
remove tires
profit!
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ThunderbirdJunkie also uses the bake method.

Preheat oven to 350, place tires on cookie sheet, put them in the oven for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes, turn the oven off, and leave the tires in there until everything's cooooooooooooooooool

Open oven
remove tires
profit!
With this method can you reuse the wheels, tires, and foam insert?

I have a pair of tires that I glued on that I would like to redo as I was still "working on my technique" at the time - so this might be a good way to do it if everything can be reused.
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