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Old 08-03-2008, 08:20 AM   #46
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that's what I did, but we did testing years ago and found that any lanoin-based shampoo works better as it doesn't contain a degreaser like simplegreen does, which dries out the natural oils in the rubber, while just cleaning them returns the sought after like-new tacky feeling
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Also it doesn't eat at the foam inserts the way simple green does.
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I'm sure everyone will agree that the biggest secret in the R/C world is: How much money we spend on this stuff.
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I'm sure everyone will agree that the biggest secret in the R/C world is: How much money we spend on this stuff.
At least when spouses are involved!
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Also it doesn't eat at the foam inserts the way simple green does.
I`ve been using simple green for near 20 years and never had a foam problem because of it . Don`t let your foams get soaked and they last a lot longer .
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I'd suggest not "soaking" or dunking your tires.. The little tub with a brush glued upside down works quite well.. Like the earlier poster said, just fill it up until you get to the top of the bristles. Then just rotate your tires to use the bristles to scrub off the dirt. If you soak or dunk tires, the foams will soak up the water/liquid like a sponge. This will give you severely unbalanced loppy tires! It will take sometime for the foams to dry and yes they will probably shrink or start to come apart if they got wet.

I used to race on a track for many years with "Step-Pins" and a fluffy watered track. Loved it! When I would race gas, I would also have my pit guy have a wire brush to quickly knock off some of the caked on mud on my tires after the warmup laps during the gas topoff if it was too muddy. This allowed me to have a traction and stearing advantage off the line. Everybody else also had caked up tires until a few jumps where they could "goose" the throttle to try to get some of it off.


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How do you clean the tires?
i use a tub with simple green i find this easiest to do and it works really well..
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I'm sure everyone will agree that the biggest secret in the R/C world is: How much money we spend on this stuff.
I'm taking that one to my grave.
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I`ve been using simple green for near 20 years and never had a foam problem because of it . Don`t let your foams get soaked and they last a lot longer .
Here is the problem me and other at a local track found with simple green a long time ago.

Our track runs pink taper pins, from full tread to bald depending on track conditions so a set of tires lasts forever.

When I was using simple green about every 6 months my foams (Losi firms)would breakdown, when I pulled the tire apart the foam would be turning to dust.
When I stopped using simple green the problem went away. have tires that are 5 years old, with original foams that I still race with.

Others had the same problems and stopping the simple green stop the foam breakdown.

Also we never dunk the tires or get the foams wet.
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Here is the problem me and other at a local track found with simple green a long time ago.

Our track runs pink taper pins, from full tread to bald depending on track conditions so a set of tires lasts forever.

When I was using simple green about every 6 months my foams (Losi firms)would breakdown, when I pulled the tire apart the foam would be turning to dust.
When I stopped using simple green the problem went away. have tires that are 5 years old, with original foams that I still race with.

Others had the same problems and stopping the simple green stop the foam breakdown.

Also we never dunk the tires or get the foams wet.
The track I go to run the same tires except most use Bomb one foams . Now , if you don`t dunk the tires or get the foams wet , then how can you blame your foam issues on simple green ? Like you said the foams don`t get wet , which simple green can`t be the problem if you don`t get the foams wet . Racers been using simple green before I got into the hobby and that was back in the 80`s . In 1/8 tires we have holes in them and so when cleaning them they tend to get a little wet and doesn`t harm those either .
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What do u mean by dunking the tire...

I have never heard of that...
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What do u mean by dunking the tire...

I have never heard of that...
It`s pretty self explanatory .


You never seen someone dunk their tires in their tire tub while cleaning or to rinse it off ?

Always see someone do that once and a while .
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oh i have done that before...
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Put live squirrels in the other racers pit bags. Make sure they are good and hungry (or better yet, rabid). They will be so busy (the racers and the squirrels) that they won't have time to get ready and you'll win by default.



Alternatively, you can get sharks with freaking lazers on their heads...

If that doesn't work, keep your equipment clean always. I tear my cars almost completely down after racing every week.
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Before a race, turn each nipple 1/4 turn counter-clockwise - it really gets the blood flowing!
This sounds like something learned at the Gayte in Cleveland...

Counter-clockwise is only for onroad. You have to turn them clockwise for offroad. Nitro racers...well you don't want to know what they have to do to be fast
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There's some really good advice on this thread. Good idea.

I have a couple...

- If you find yourself tearing your diff case apart at a track, spray your car down with a light mist of WD40 to keep the dust in it's place and not falling into where it's not supposed to be.

- Don't listen to the guy always giving you advice, listen to the guy that keeps beating you. There's always someone at the track that THINKS they know everything but can very well be completely wrong.
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