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Old 10-31-2006, 10:39 AM   #1
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Default Parquet flooring, running sedans on this?

We are looking for a place to run sedans and other vehicles like rc18s this winter, and one that was located has parquet flooring. Has anyone run on this before? If so I have a few questions:

1. What type of tires work well on this for sedans?

2. How durable is it to getting tire marks with people using at most 19 turn power?

3. How easy is it to clean tire marks off of?

Thanks for any advice you have for running on this surface.
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Is North Dacota in England or sumfink ??


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Its in the good ol USA, but since the up front cost of carpet may be prohibitive, I am trying to see if the surface can handle racing. if it can, for this year if carpet can't be had it can be ran on as it sits.

So if anyone regardless of location has tips on running on this surface please feel free to post.
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Sounds similar to the "slippy floor" surfaces a lot of us run on here in the UK, either gym floors or older wooden floors.

Generally not much grip, slick/treaded tyres are useless, but we use Schumacher SST Minipins which make the surface entirely raceable.

I can go into more detail on part numbers and tyre setup if you want.

I've never seen tyre marks as an issue with tourers. Buggies with mod motors can lay down thick lines of rubber though if you do a donut.
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Parquet (wood block) flooring, if it is polished and sealed, Schumacher mini-pins are the way to go, but wear central, if it unsealed and un-polished, then you can run slicks (but don't use additive), or a realy old skool trick is foams coating in silicone.
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Old 10-31-2006, 01:19 PM   #6
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I'll find out for sure tomorrow then, swing by there to see the room if its open.
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Old 10-31-2006, 06:41 PM   #7
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Default silicone on foam

This is very good for traction--however the next group to use
the floor will find it is very slick--say a lot of problems when we
used a roller rink with silicon treated tires--the rains tread worked
very well.
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I have run my 18T with Losi street tread tires on it in the gym where I work. The traction seemed ok until the tires built up some dust on the surface, then it was terrible. It seems like if you were to mop the floor before running on it and clean the tires with motor spray before or after each run, it might work. If the track surface stays clean, it seems like really soft compound rubber slicks would work (Pit Shimizu, HPI or Take Off 20's or 22's, etc.), but I have never tested this out. HPI or Schumacher treaded tires might work also. If I get a chance I will try them and let you know.

One thing I do know.... I tried running my 12th scale car with foam tires on the gym floor, and it was impossible to even run a straight line with a stock motor. The car just instantly does a donut no matter how little throttle I used.
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we've raced on a middle school gym floor a few times. Smooth slick floor. The only tire that worked was the HPI Advan A038 tire with no insert whatsoever, but did use tire compound. The regular racers there through the years tried over 15 different types of tires and the Advan without inserts was the only thing that hooked up. The floor was always damp mopped previous to racing to get the surface dust off.

It might be worth giving them a try.
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Spending $800 on used FastTrack carpet would be a much wiser investment than spending $800 (or more) on mops, buckets and rubber tires that might not work.
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If you had a place to race but it was a temporary track that needed to be taken up after each race day, how do you get 36x75 feet of ozite to lay flat every time you set up the track? Not to mention the 36 foot wide section is three pieces 12 feet wide.

Every ozite track I've raced on the rug is heavily stretched and glued to the floor, not just rolled out.
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a good quality indoor outdoor carpet is just as good a ozite and is alot more durable

we raced on one carper got 10 years with no trouble it has alot of grip also
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If you had a place to race but it was a temporary track that needed to be taken up after each race day, how do you get 36x75 feet of ozite to lay flat every time you set up the track? Not to mention the 36 foot wide section is three pieces 12 feet wide.

Every ozite track I've raced on the rug is heavily stretched and glued to the floor, not just rolled out.
Its totally possible.Not all carpet is glued.Last years Carpet nats track is a perfect example of a track thats not glued down. Can be done.

I agree,$800 on 3 rolls of 75 feet in good condition is a good deal!
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Schumacher Rally Blocks yellow compound is what you want
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