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Old 09-11-2008, 08:12 PM   #1
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WD-40 on tires. What does this do?

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It helps prevent mud from sticking to them, just like Armor-All does. Some people say that WD-40 also softens the tires, but I've never experianced that. (Maybe I didn't let them soak long enough.)
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It gives it some traction and makes them look brand new as far as shine.

Its not like traction compound in that it doesn't maintain the extra boost of traction for very long.
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Wd-40 softens up the rubber which in turn gives the tire more grip, and being that it really isn't a lube the tire become sticky, but yet being that wd-40 is like a lube it helps to keep dirt from sticking to the tires.


I like to use it when I race on indoor clay tracks (although I use a traction compound most of the time), or if I am going to let my tires sit for a long time (the rubber soaks up the WD-40) to help keep my tires from drying out.


Also I have found that you need to let it soak in over night for it to really take effect, so it really isn't somthing you will use on race days, and if you do use it be sure to let it soak in to the rubber as long as you can.
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Old 09-11-2008, 09:31 PM   #5
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Yes it works! But really only on losi tires. And it doesn't work as a tire softner, but it opens up the poors in the tire. The track I raced at in Denver only allowed wd-40 and simplegreen to be used. Once you get use to it, you'll never go back. In fact the track I race at now, most of the racers have switched over to it. In fact I now use a industrial strength stuff called CRC 3-36. But I used WD-40 for years.
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Old 09-11-2008, 09:42 PM   #6
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Actually, WD-40 if left long enough will soften the tires. The track I race at also has a gocart track and the cart racers use wd-40 to soften their tires. They spray them with the wd-40 and wrap them in plastic wrap and leave them to set. They check the softness with a gauge periodically. I have been meaning to try it on some RC tires.
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It can make them slippier too if you dont wipe it off.
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It can make them slippier too if you dont wipe it off.
Oh yea! forgot and very true..
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I learn something new every day. Great tip!
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To support what some others are saying, WD40 is not a race day tire prep. Depending on the track it may even attract material which is generally not helpful. Its best purpose on tires is for indoor wet high bite tracks. Or making the bottom of your chassis look new after you've cleaned it

Once again your results may vary due to track material.
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Before a big indoor offroad race, I like to do about 4 heavy coats of WD-40 on the bottom of my chassis and A-arms on my FT B4/T4.. This helps the dirt not to stick your chassis for them wet, indoor high bite tracks. Dirt can build up on your rear T-plate.

Always worked good for me!
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From my personal experience, i have noticed that WD40 actually does soften the tires a bit. It actually works quite well. I have used it on M2 compound tires and it helped with traction. Give it a try and see how it goes.
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WD-40 works alright on tires it works better in my opinion to help keep stuff from sticking to a arms and chassis I perfer to use Simple Green on my tires Put on night before wipe off after about 10 min and you can feel the stickiness and it is all good when it is sticky
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Thanks for the info Guys. Can you tell me the application steps?

Thanks again for the info.
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Spray on tires, let sit over night, wipe off next day, go race.

If at the track and you want to use it, I would spray some on a rag, and then rub the w-40 into the tires, but I wouldn't do that unless you have about 1.5 hours before that car is up again. It is also a good idea to keep your tires clean after each run. When at the track you are better off using simple green or some other traction compound (I like to put simple green in my tire cleaning tub (just a plastic tub with a brush glued to the bottom) so they become clean, and sticky).
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