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Old 03-20-2003, 10:59 PM   #1
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Foam Vs. Rubber?

Can you compare these two types of tires for me? I know the foam has more grip and cheaper. But which one last longer?
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Do a search for that topic. As im sure its been covered a few times. And to answer you question Directly. I haven't a clue. Never ran on foams yet
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First, I have never raced on rubbers, so I only have second hand knowledge of that, but here is my opinion.

Foam will generally last longer. The problem that I hear of for rubber tires is that they are only at their best for the first few runs. Foam tires handle more consistently through their life, and actually get better as they get smaller. My car REALLY comes to life when the tires get down to about 2.20 inch diameter.


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Default Foam Vs. Rubber?

Because of the different traction properties of Foams, in ideal conditions, Foams will allow you to get on the Throttle MUCH sooner, scrub less speed off in a corner and thus being faster.

However, generally, for Foams to work, you much already have enough traction for Rubber Tires. If the surface is even slightly Dusty, Foams will be at a disadvantage.
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Well someone lend me a set of foam to try yesterday and i felt it gave me a lot of grip over the rubber tires. And I'm mostly running on indoor carpet so I think foam will for sure work. But I want to which one will last longer(as in the life, not performance)? And what are the maintenance require for foam?
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Default Foam Vs. Rubber?

For Carpet racing you'll have to have someone else give the answer.
On Asphalt, Rubber definitely lasts longer than Foams, providing your not running too soft of a compound either way.
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Sorexs on carpet are wearing very slowly for me. Ive ran mine for 4 weekends now and still the mold line is visible almost and I use paragon each run

Personally I choose not to run foams because: you have to true them 2) they chunk 3) most big races wont allow foam in stock tc anyways so why get used to them
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