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Old 05-24-2006, 11:15 PM   #1
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Me and my friends have recently started building a track. It's made out of clay, but since it's more of a backyard track it's a only a medium-loose traction clay track right now. I have a few questions about tire advice. I've looking for a good pair of pro-line tires to purchase. I was thinking something not too aggressive since it's only clay, so I thought dirt paw was a little too much, and I was thinking about the gladiators.


The second thing I have to question is the front end traction. It seems when I accelerate I tend to wash out with my stock plain straight lined tires. I really don't know what I could do to prevent this, maybe a little more front end weight or higher traction tires on the front? Would knobbed tires on the front like gladiators be too awkward? Ugh I need some help soon, offroad season has hit me full speed.
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Depending on how loose the clay is I would say try some holeshots in the back, they have small pins yes, but they work awsome on alot of surfaces. Pro-line edges in M3 work good up front on just about anything, you could try some holeshots up front as well. Panther Komodo 2's in soft might work well if the clay is pretty loose on top, but then if it is loose step pins might be a better choice. As long as there is a hard packed base, and if there is just a loose dusty layer on top the holeshots would be the first tire I would try.
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Bowties might be another rear tire choice.
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I too have a backyard track that is mostly clay. It's not watered, ever. It has become very hardpacked, and fairly smooth. Holeshots and Bowties work well. Holeshots are good when it gets really dried out, and Bowties seem to be better if it is damp, like after a rain. Pro-Line step pins would be OK if the track is still loose and loamy.

It is very easy to get too big of a knob. I have some Dirt Hawgs that are just OK in wet dirt or short grass, but on the track, they are terrible. The dirt paws would probably act about the same. They might work in a freshly tilled garden..... Gladiators also have a great big knob. Not sure what they would work well on......

The front end push will sort itself out when the track gets smoother and worked in.
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For the front end push try to move your battery foward and put more weight on the front or try to add some limiters in your front shocks.
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Hey thx. I went to my hobby shop and got some CA, Rims, and gladiators on the back, step pin tires on the front. The gladiators performed better than expected, a lot better than dirt hawgs. The Pin/holeshot tires I bought for the front work great. Both prolines.

Thx. for the battery tip though I'll try that. I might try and add some more aluminum for offroading so who knows maybe I'll get some more traction with more weight in the front, I suspect so.

The track is coming along real nice, I will hopefully put some pics up, it's lookin real good for a track built by a few teenagers.
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