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Old 12-03-2008, 03:36 PM   #1
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I've read that having the holes in the tires are better because the dirt gets flung out as the tires are spinning. Do I just drill a hole through the center of the tread? What size bit should I use for 1/8 buggy tires? THANKS
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Old 12-03-2008, 03:46 PM   #2
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it gives water / dirt an exit point.

you want to use a hole punch before gluing them up, you can do it once they are glue'd but you can damage the foam, just be careful
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Old 12-03-2008, 04:54 PM   #3
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I use a leather punch.
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Old 12-03-2008, 05:07 PM   #4
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^^ +1 on the leather punch.
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I have holes on my tires on my T4 and b4 and that foams had lasted longer, because the foam would not get moldey. I just use a 1/8 hole puncher with 4 holes in the tire.
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yep leather punch is the way to go! i just did 3 sets of buggy tires and 2 pair of truggy tires last ngiht
now just to glue them all before friday!
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Thanks for the replies...2 holes should be enough, right?
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Old 12-03-2008, 06:25 PM   #8
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One will work, 2 is better, & I use 3 or 4 depending on how I feel at the time. I also use big holes like 4mm. Biggest one on my hole punch pliers I got for $4 at true value hardware in bargin bin. You can also use a dremel with a bit if you forget before you glue(not that I have ever forgot)
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1/8" leather hole punch here. I typically punch 3 holes, 120 degree's apart in the tire, then glue up. I know many guys that only punch 2, and I can't tell any difference between 2-3 holes racing. But, I like having the extra hole to help expel dirt/water a little better. Biggest thing is punch the tire NOT the wheel. If there is a hole in the wheel, I would epoxy it closed. Dirt and water will deteriorate tire foam faster then anything.
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Guess I'm the odd man out.

I drill my rims. 1/4" x 3. I use the holes to help balance my wheels, so I don't necessarily place them 120-degrees apart. After I drill the holes I glue in a piece of old panty-hose to the inside of the rim to act like a dirt screen. My issue with holes in the tires is that they chante the way the tire flexes and they allow too much crap into the tire for my liking.

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I use a 1/8 leather punch and put 3 to 4 holes in the tire along with the two in the rim. Chris Gosch (Matt Goschs dad) told me that if you can squeze the tire and hear air come out of it then you do not have enough holes in it. I just put enough holes in it until I can not hear air come out of the holes amymore/
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Leather punch for sure. I used to do 4 holes but now i do 2.

2 holes makes it easier to keep the inside of the tires clean while washing them because I can easily cover the holes with my fingers.
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Where are a few places to get the leather punches?
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Guess I'm the odd man out.

I drill my rims. 1/4" x 3. I use the holes to help balance my wheels, so I don't necessarily place them 120-degrees apart. After I drill the holes I glue in a piece of old panty-hose to the inside of the rim to act like a dirt screen. My issue with holes in the tires is that they chante the way the tire flexes and they allow too much crap into the tire for my liking.

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I have to agree with Chunk T. I drill the rims. Any tires that I have had the tire punched, they always seemed to fill up with dirt, and became way out of balance. The dirt always seemed to end up on one side of the tire, and just wobbled like crazy.

This is just MY experience, so I stick with the holes in the wheels, so that air can get out.
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Where are a few places to get the leather punches?
Harbor freight tools
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Ace hardware
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or just type Leather punch into your search engine and have 10,000 to choose from
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