The "tape" you're describing is actually two-sided sticky tape, Tamiya's recommended way for mounting these tires instead of gluing the foam on. The tape holds perfectly adequately for racing use, and also gives you the flexibility (and economy) of removing old or badly-chunked tires easily and without chemicals, so you can reuse a set of rims.
Apply the correct-sized tapes (you'll notice there are two sizes, one for front tires and one for rears) to the rims by peeling off one side of the shield or cover, and carefully stretching it around the rim. Try to stagger the seam between the two ends of the tape around the rim; in other words, don't apply the two tapes so the ends meet on the same side of the rim (balances the rim better and provides better adhesion).
Then, to put the tires on, peel back a portion of the other tape shield still on the tape and pull it to the outside of the rim. Don't peel off the whole shield, just enough to pull it to the outsides, for peeling off when you get the tire on. Lick your finger and get some saliva on the sticky part, the exposed part, of the tape, and then you can slide the tire right on.
After you get the tire on and lined up the way you want, you should be able to pull the rest of the shield, the part you pulled to the outsides of the rim, away carefully. You can pick at the edges of the tire and finish lining it up on the rim, and away you can go.
When the tire is worn out or chunked, you can tape a hobby knife, cut the tire down to the rim, and then peel away the tape and the tire and throw them away, and reuse the rim unless it's broken or tweaked.
And they say rubber tires are easier to maintain...
Originally Posted by Jesse J
I just got a set of Tamiya F104 sponge tires and rims for my F60 and was wondering what the adhesive plastic strips that came with the tires is for?
Do you typically glue these tires to the rims? or put the strips on first and glue?
thanks for the help