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Old 10-13-2008, 07:37 AM   #1
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Default 1/8 buggy what type of tires for various conditions?

I am currently tryng to figure out what type of tires to buy for my new D8 buggy and I've been trying to what tread patterns and compounds work better for certain conditions. Maybe this will help some other newer racers as well


My local track pretty hard packed and usually very dusty with very little traction. The old crimefighters (very hard compound) I have seem to turn pretty well but seem really seem to spin alot during acceleration.

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Old 10-13-2008, 07:44 AM   #2
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I am not sponsored by Proline. But I feel Proline M3 Bowties, or M3 holeshots are 2 of the best all around tires out there. That is all I run 99% of the time. There are lots of choices; Losi, Panther, AKA, JConcepts, ETC.
They all have great products, I just don't like (can't afford) to try them all. There are so many good ones out, its hard to say 1 is better than the other.
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Old 10-13-2008, 08:46 AM   #3
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thanks for the reply. Crimefighters and panther komodo 2's are all I've ever run as well.

Am I right in thinking that proline holeshot M2's would be a good choice for these conditions?
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you cant go wrong with m2 or m3 crimefighters. They will work every where, might not be the best, but they will get you 80-90% of the best tire for the track.

My brother and i have m2 crimefighters x2, yellow jcon hitmen, m2 bowties, werks stubs (r300), soft komodo 2s (never use though), pink taper pins (for indoors), blue grp jollys, and soft aka ibeams.

I like the bowfighter combo on my 8ight most of the time outdoors, although the hitmen work just as good, if not better. The jollys work great on damp and loose surfaces, havent tried the i beams yet.

for your track, i would look into the stubs, holeshots, and double dees.

Most tires are so good you really cant make a bad choice, unless you want to run crimefighters indoors or taper pins outdoors, then you need help.
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you won't stop wheelspin, the buggys are so overpowered you will get it regardless.

as for tires. a majority of people are running Proline Bowties on the rear and Crimefighters on the front.
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For outdoor I run Panther Komodo Dragons and Gators , indoor Panther switch 2.0 . I have crime fighters and bowties but prefer the others at least for the few tracks I go to .
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Here is a list of tires and what types of surfaces they work on, just my feelings of tire choices along with preference rating from 1(worst) to 10(best). These are only tires I have ran as well.

PROLINES
Knuckle 2.0 = hard packed, no dust, high wear, medium to high traction
Crimefighters = hard packed (low traction M2 = 5, M3 = 7; high traction M2 = 6, M3 = 5) , fluffy(dry M2 = 6, M3 = 8; wet M2 = 8, M3 = 5), any wear
Bowties = hard packed(low traction M2 = 5, M3 = 6; high traction M2 = 8, M3 = 4), any wear
Holeshots = hard packed (low traction M2 = 6, M3 = 8; high traction M2 = 7, M3 = 4), medium to low wear

PANTHER
Chmeleon 1 or 2 = hard packed, no dust(or very little), medium to high traction
Komoto 1 or 2 = hard packed(low traction MS = 5, S = 6; high traction MS = 6, S = 4), fluffy(dry MS = 5, S = 7; wet MS = 6, S = 6) any wear
Switch 2.0 = hard packed clay, low wear, little to no dust

GRP
Jolly = hard packed, no dust, high wear, medium to high traction(prefer over knuckles due to frees up the car a little more)

LOSI
Step Pins = fluffy(wet or dry Red = 7), medium to low wear
XBT = hard packed(low or high traction Red = 7)any wear, fluffy(any traction Red = 5)


rememeber this is just my views of tires I have run and the conditions I prefered them in.
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i run bowfighters 70 percent of the time... i really like how they fell in most conditions
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Thank you guys, this is exactly the kind of info I was looking for. I don't have a huge budget so I want to make a wise purchase for the track I run at most. I already have some soft komodo 2's and what I think are probably xtr compound crimefighters. I bought them second hand in like new condition and after several runs they still look brand new but they are very hard.

I am thinking about getting a set of panther raptor's. The description for these tires says they work best on dry dusty hard packed surfaces. Has any one run these?

Keep the suggestions rolling and thanks for the help.
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