Originally Posted by vivo quevas
What is your tire mounting procedure and what CA do you use?
What is your opinion of Sweep F1 tires?
Where do you get the balancer an weights to balance your tires?
I'm not Marcus, nor do I have the "expertise" or "authority" to claim that I am anybody you should pay attention to but I'll try to help you out with gluing TCS or Pit tires onto Tamiya foam wheels. The following is my routine...
I don't round edges of the wheels to prevent sidewall cutting
I take the rear inserts out of the tire package and use Elmer's contact cement to glue the inserts together. I use a bit of masking tape to temporarily hold things together. By the time you get to putting the inserts in the tire, they'll be dry.
Here's the stuff that I use:
Take all of the Tamiya foam wheels and drill 2 3mm holes into each one.
Clean the wheel surfaces that will be glued with motorspray and a paper towel.
Clean the tire surfaces that will be in contact the wheel with motorspray and a paper towel. Avoid getting motorspray on the tire tread or on too much of the sidewall.
Remove the masking tape from the rear inserts and carefully place inserts into the rear tires.
Mount the tires on to the rim. Take your time and make sure things look as lined up as possible. With a driver or other tool, spin the wheel/tire in your hand and see if there are any wobbles. Sometimes inserts can bunch up and cause a wobble. If you encounter a wobbler, remove the wheel and insert and try reassembling them. Once satisfied , press the outside lip of the tire against the wheel to ensure that it seats well and has nice contact patch.
I usually glue the outside first...Use your most trusted instant CA (I've had bad bottles that don't stick) with a fine glue tip. Double check that the sidewalls are well seated to the wheel. Find a starting point and apply a small-microscopic amount of glue to the wheel and tire. Apply another tiny drop of glue approximately 15 degrees away from the first. Continue doing this until you go full circle. What happens when too much glue is applied is that the glue will wick between the wheel and tire and cause the tire's edge to lift and float on wet glue.
When the glue has thoroughly dried, repeat the above step but apply glue to unglued spots. The idea is use the least amount of glue to hold things together.
Repeat again. By this time, the edge of the tire should be mostly be glued to the wheel.
When comfortable that the tire edge won't shift or lift off the wheel, run a bead of glue around the entire edge. Some glue will wick into the sidewall between the tire and wheel but the tire edge won't lift.
I plan to crash a lot so I run another bead of glue around the entire edge
For the inside edge of the tire/wheel, repeat the previous steps. Sometimes, a rubber band wrapped around the tire helps if the tire is not seating well on the rim.
This process is time consuming but I've been satisfied with the results so far. I hope this helps.
If I rush, I get the sidewall lift off and that is a pain to fix...I apply some CA to the lifting spot, press it down, and apply tiny bit of CA kicker (using a small straw dipped into some kicker) until it sticks...then I move on to the next watoozie spot