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Old 02-20-2013, 02:37 PM
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Hi, I am wondering if anyone knows the how or what the best way is to make slicks out of short course tires. I am going to the Chi-Town race at Leisure Hours and I here they are all running slicks. I would like to know how they make these and/or is the a best way to do so.
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Chuck it up still and sand paper but do it slow and u need slicks down there lol
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You dont want full slicks, You just want to make the tread ghost.
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Dremel and a sanding drum.
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Panther make a slick sc tire http://www.panthertires.com/store/in...&product_id=68
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Let your little brother/nephew/ cousin run it around on the street. ; )
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Originally Posted by jackcarter3 View Post
Dremel and a sanding drum.


Iv made dozens and dozens of sets of slicks this way.... we used to run slicks at my home track when we ran our clay wet. Wet clay + slicks = better grip than carpet. The best way is to chuck a sandpaper wheel/drum into a dremel and dremel off all the pins. piece of cake.

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Premade slicks and nowhere NEAR as good as a slick made from a pin tire out of the appropriate compound, with the pins ground off. You want the "texture" that is left behind on the slick. The pre-made slicks are too shiny smooth and don't work well.
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These are a set i made. they hook up unbelievably good.
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+1 on the sanding them down. I used some Jconcepts goosebumps green compounds. Sanded the tread off and WOW, what a difference. Don't run them down on the street. The asphalt will leave a coating on the rubber and you won't have as much grip as if you sanded them down.
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plus if your track follows ROAR rules, slicks are illegal.
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Thanks, I appreciate the input. And about the ROAR legal. Do you know if the Chi-Town race is ROAR? I couldn't figure it out.
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what tires are those?
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I race there slicks are legal. And IMO use the Jconcepts gold clay barcodes to make ur slicks, their wider than others. I run Ions when it dries out a bit. But a ghost pin works well I hear also. Havent tried that yet.
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I haven't had good luck with the Panther Slicks, but I've heard if people lightly sand/scuff them up a bit, they work well.

I personally found this past weekend at the Presidential race at LHR that I liked the JConcepts Double Dee's sanded down slick over the Panther slicks and the Proline barcodes sanded down slick. The Double Dees had a slightly wider profile, maybe it was just in my head but it felt slightly more locked on corner exit.

As for how to do it, I usually chuck up a course sanding bit into my dremmel to knock off the pins and get it close to a slick, then put the fine bit on to smooth it out and make it look nice. A guy sitting behind me suggested I work a bit slower than I was so I not overheat the tires, apparently it can change the chemical compound and the tire won't work as well. I dont know how much truth is to it, but another thing to consider.

Ghost pins worked ok on my buggy in the main, but I ran pressure points all around on my 22SCT in the main and it was junk. I would have ran ghost pins instead if I could do it over.

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The chi-town race is NOT a roar race.

You will want to have THREE sets of tires.

Full slicks
Ghost pins
and something with super low trim lines (pressure points)

There are a few methods to get the tread height down.

Run them in the street
Run them over a coarse sand paper
dremel (my method)

If you're running an SC10 on hex and are in desperate need of tires, come see me. I'll have a few extra sets
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