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Old 06-23-2010, 05:17 PM   #1
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Hi, I have heard before that if you soak tires in acetone, that it will break them down and soften them up. Anyone know more details? Will how much will it soften XTR tires for example? Also, is it only short term or is it more permanent?

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Old 06-23-2010, 05:25 PM   #2
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if you soak them in acetone it will destroy your foam. I've sprayed simple green on tires and let them sit in the sun and it does seem to soften up the compound.
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i was thinking to soak the tires only (without foams) before I mounted them.

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acetone doesnt do anything to the rubber. ive soaked tires in acetone for a week to get the foams out and the tires came out the exact same as they went in

i do the simple green thing too. that seems to work pretty good
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It does affect some rubber. I had some that expanded to almost twice the size. They were some older Kyosho tires though.
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I would think acetone would make them harder. I think it would pull some of the petroleum out of the rubber. I dont know though thats just my 2 cents.
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I have heard of using Tag body spray being used and leaving in the sun after.
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I was wd 40. I spray them, then just let them sit, then same them again..Just keep spraying them til they get to where you want them to be. With wd40, they will harden back up with time also.
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Reino's Ragu is what you are looking for! I will give him a heads up and he can get on here and get connected with you and send you some. It is the best tire softner/conditioner there is.
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Reino's Ragu is what you are looking for! I will give him a heads up and he can get on here and get connected with you and send you some. It is the best tire softner/conditioner there is.
Yes sir...pretty good stuff he's got there....
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There is a thread on here somewhere that I read a while back about lighting them on fire. I can't remember what they were spraying them with( Tag I think), but you spray them while on the car or balancer and light em up while spinning them. Heard it softened them up but drastically shortened their life span. +1 on simple green here. I'm not a flamer.
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guys, there's DOZENS of purpose-design tyre softeners... just go to your LHS and pick whichever you like... Paragon... Corally... Orion... Much More... LRP... all the key manufacturers make some.

For the thrifty ones, WD40 works a treat. Keep in mind you're better off buying a softer compound from the start...

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Diesel fuel works wonders.... Get a water bottle and a tooth brush. Dip the tooth brush in the fuel and do half the tire and dip the brush again and do the other half. It will make them soft.

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Reino's Ragu is what you are looking for! I will give him a heads up and he can get on here and get connected with you and send you some. It is the best tire softner/conditioner there is.
Agreed. That stuff is excellent.
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There is a thread on here somewhere that I read a while back about lighting them on fire. I can't remember what they were spraying them with( Tag I think), but you spray them while on the car or balancer and light em up while spinning them. Heard it softened them up but drastically shortened their life span. +1 on simple green here. I'm not a flamer.
is this what you are talking about?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnADb...eature=related
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