Haven't you heard that 2 wheels are faster than 4? Granted I might have a problem making minimum weight.
As far as the wheels go, they are the white 8 spoke VTA wheels dyed yellow. I used Rit dye (http://www.ritdye.com/store/
Here is the process I used to create the yellow wheels.
1. Purchased a box of Rit Golden Yellow powdered dye which can be purchased at Wal-mart, craft stores (Jo Anns, Hobby Lobby, Michaels) and most grocery stores. (About $2.50 USD)
2. Clean off VTA wheels with warm water & liquid dish soap and rinse thoroughly.
3. Measured one teaspoon (1 tsp) of dye and placed into a 4qt glass bowl. (Kids, please get an adult's permission before accidently using grandma's antique crystal glass bowl.)
4. Boiled 4qts of water in large pan on stove top burner.
5. Slowly poured boiling water into glass bowl & stirred to evenly distribute dye. (Kids be careful when handling hot objects/use adult supervision).
6. Placed all wheels to be dyed into glass bowl using metal kitchen tongs. I made sure the wheels settled to the bottom of the bowl by turning them over a few times to release any trapped air bubbles in the spokes.
7. Set kitchen timer for 10 minutes and waited.
8. After 10 minutes, I used kitchen tongs to remove a wheel and inspect the color. If wheels aren't dark enough, leave in dyed water for additional time.
9. If satisfied with wheel color, remove from dyed water. You can either rinse wheels with cool tap water or place in another container of cool water.
10. After wheels have cooled, dry them off and glue your tires on.
11. Carefully empty out glass bowl in stainless steel sink
. Rinse out bowl, sink, and metal kitchen tongs with dish soap and warm/hot water.
- Make sure to dye all wheels at the same time!!
You will achieve similar results if you use the same amount of dye/water ratio, but it is my experience that different batches will vary slightly. A large glass 4qt mixing bowl can easily hold 12 wheels (3 complete sets).
- The amount of dye/water ratio will affect the color of the wheels, but only to some extent. Even if I had left the wheels in all day, they will never turn a darker shade than the dye being used.
- Rit dyes are available in liquid and powered form. While there are limited selections, you can achieve your own custom colors by using their mixing guide. (http://www.ritdye.com/colorit_color_formula_guide
- I would suggest experimenting on a set of old wheels first. (Don't we all have at least 1 bald set of VTA tires?) If you do use an old set, make sure to remove the foam/insert. Also clean the old wheels, as dirt/residue in a specific location of the wheel can prevent the dye soaking in. (Remember using wax crayons on Easter eggs?)
- I have only used glass bowls & disposed of the dye in a stainless steel sink. I have had no issues with the dye staining anything I did not intend. I would caution everyone that dyes could possibly stain porcelin bowls/sinks.
- Place a large towel under the bowl you are using to dye your wheels to catch any drips/minor spills.
- Some individuals prefer to dye wheels in a large pan of water directly over a hot burner on the stove. If you choose this option, you must insure that the nylon wheels do not settle to the bottom of the pan or they will warp from heat
. If you choose this option, you do not need to keep the water boiling, but low heat should suffice. I prefer the bowl option since I don't risk ruining a pot used for cooking. (A separate pot purchase from a thrift store would suffice).
- CHROME WHEELS CAN BE DYED!!
. At least some brands of r/c chrome wheels can be dyed. I have had success with a set of HPI chrome 26mm TC (non-VTA) wheels. The only issue I had was that the chrome plating was a bit soft during the dye process. If you are not careful, you might damage the chrome plating. Until the wheels are cooled, I would recommend only handling them around the outer edge/diameter of the tire.
Hopefully this info will be useful to other VTA racers. Now if only someone could create a good guide on how paint red lines around the rubber tires like the old Firestone Redline Radials.