Well seeing as it is impossible to get a set of the new 2.2" flux tires without sacrificing an arm and a leg I ended up picking up a set of the 2.2" proline road rage tires and I put them on the black wr8 tarmac rally rims. I belted the tires with some strapping tape before mounting them and surprisingly that seems to be working pretty well.
The tires are a bit larger in diameter and width but they work for the application. Here is what they look like:
So with the high COG they instantly traction roll on any clean surface but on loose gravel, dirt and sandy/dirty pavement they are quite fun to tool around on and so far they are holding up quite well with the abuse of a 3s battery.
On the topic of tires I have also started using my old Tamiya TGX Rally Block tires as my go to set up. They are great on clean pavement and after 4 years of use on my various Super Nitros and Super Nitro Rally cars they are holding up excellent.
The TGX tires are just hard enough to be able to drift around and do massive power slides on pretty much any surface. All the while they have just enough grip so they are not totally useless for keeping the car pointed in the direction you want to go. They look pretty good too.
I could use a new set of rims but HPI doesn't seem to think they are worth saving from the chopping block which is a damned shame.
Lastly... I found some old HPI Nitro MT tires in the basement. I bolted them up and they clear everything including the steering in the front lock to lock. I had some fun ripping around the backyard with them today.
So hows everyone else enjoying the WR8? I for one love it. I am just a bit worried about the parts availability though seeing as HPI still hasn't been able to deliver a set of tires to anyone on the planet. They could have a good thing here if they put some support into it and started producing tires and even some nice bodys for it. I for one would love to see them produce something like the Group B rally car bodies for it... I'd be all over that!