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Old 01-05-2011, 05:18 PM   #1
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I heard you can spray brake cleaner on tires to soften up the compound? is this true? has anybody tried it? got some m2's that could use some softening up.
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I heard you can spray brake cleaner on tires to soften up the compound? is this true? has anybody tried it? got some m2's that could use some softening up.
Have not heard of them getting soft but sticky yes.
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simple green and wash them good and let them dry and then sticky kicks them it a off road eletric tire sauces and then stick em in zip lock
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Blaze, when the Losi Winter Championship was run at Lake Park, Drake, Truhe and Amezqua were spraying brake cleaner on there tires to soften them. Adam said it would wear your tires faster but would help on the hook up. They came unprepared for the groove that the Hurricane had Bring your brake cleaner to the Assylum.
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Blaze, when the Losi Winter Championship was run at Lake Park, Drake, Truhe and Amezqua were spraying brake cleaner on there tires to soften them. Adam said it would wear your tires faster but would help on the hook up. They came unprepared for the groove that the Hurricane had Bring your brake cleaner to the Assylum.
I remember that race, it was the first time i saw rc cars racing, i was hooked ever since. i'll pick some up to try out, can't hurt i guess.
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my brother uses, and now my self, break cleaner also to soften up tires, we put all 4 tires in a zip-loc bag, spray a healthy amount in there to coar them then let them marinate(soak) for about and hour or two then pull them out and you should be set, and if you want a tad extra traction you can add on road tire softener stuff.
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Diesel fuel is the best thing Ive found for softening tires.

Brake cleaner doesnt seem to me like it would have much effect. Its made specifically not to leave any residue behind after it evaporates so that there is no residue left on your brake pads, shoes, rotors, drums. Also most wheel cylinders have rubber seals so its gotta be safe for them too.

I think what you feel when you use brake cleaner or Simple Green is how sticky the pure rubber of the tire is. After a run on the track the tires are back to feeling the same as before IMO. They definitely feel stickier in the beginning but I dont think the tire is actually changing any.

Diesel on the other hand really soaks into the tire. The problem is that soft foam inserts would go bad after repeated applications. I think the new closed cell foams may not have a problem though. I havent tried it though since the indoor track I used to run the diesel at changed their tire rules.
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I have heard the Sticky Kicks softens the tire up quite well.
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simple green is only cleaning them to the point you are feeling the natural tackiness of the rubber as PTP^ stated in previous post....that's my method though, wash, then simple green, then buggy grip for 1/10 indoor offroad....outdoor 1/8 I simply wash them and simple green them.
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Ive always wondered why people use Simple green on their tires. It has has oil in it...

Dish soap.. yes.

simple green? Not me..
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Mike,
Out of curiousity....How would one know if that is true or not? The ingredients/soultions are not labeled on the spray bottle.......Im certainly not doubting the possibility, just wondering as thats all I have ever seen the fast/sponsored guys use here in the midwest.
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according to this report, it contains no oil unless I am not translating a scientific name properly.....who knows....lol


click on ingredients and a pop-up window gives the list(who knows how honest/accurate it is)
http://www.simplegreen.com/products_...e_cleaner.php#
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Many moons ago in a land far away,

they used to put Simple Green in the sinks at the old So Cal.

Brian Kinwald wouldn't wash his tires in the sink. Thats enough for me

Simple green leaves a film on tires. Soap doesnt.. Most things that leave a film have some form of oil in them.
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lol....right on....thanks Mike
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