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Old 03-14-2007, 08:10 AM   #1
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Asphalt Traction - Sugar to Water Ratio

Does anyone know a good ratio of mixing sugar and water for asphalt traction? We have used orange soda for the last several seasons, but looking for a way to cut some costs at the local track. Any help would be appreciated.
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Grape soda is used alot. I don't know the ratios but, I've seen people also use pancake syrup mixed with water. Warm water is used to help syrup dissolve quicker. Syrup and water help cut down on the cost of spraying soda.
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You can buy 3 liter bottles of grape soda at Walmart or a place like that for less than a buck each. Buy 5 bucks worth a week and you should be fine. Only need it on all the corners.
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You can buy 3 liter bottles of grape soda at Walmart
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Grape soda is used alot. I don't know the ratios but, I've seen people also use pancake syrup mixed with water. Warm water is used to help syrup dissolve quicker. Syrup and water help cut down on the cost of spraying soda.
Thanks for the syrup idea; will definately give that a try. Any specific type? Does Mrs. Butterworth hook up better than say Aunt Jemima
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You can buy 3 liter bottles of grape soda at Walmart or a place like that for less than a buck each. Buy 5 bucks worth a week and you should be fine. Only need it on all the corners.
sugar water is still alot cheaper than soda ,we used to buy it at 10lb bag at walmart for less than a $1.00 and mix it with about 8 to 10 gallons of water and worked great!
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sugar water is still alot cheaper than soda ,we used to buy it at 10lb bag at walmart for less than a $1.00 and mix it with about 8 to 10 gallons of water and worked great!
Well that is true but if you wanted a drink then you could just sample some of the grape soda before you put it on the track.
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My perosnal rce blend is a bag of sugar, 3:1 sugar to water ratio boiled to the point where it starts binding. Then pulling that off the fire and mixing it a gallon of water. Spray it on, let it dry and keep the mini's off the track.

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Well that is true but if you wanted a drink then you could just sample some of the grape soda before you put it on the track.
lol never thought of that
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Well that is true but if you wanted a drink then you could just sample some of the grape soda before you put it on the track.
Just hope you don't grab the sprayer used for Paragon
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lol never thought of that
Well I guess I would drink the sugar water to but if I would just add dark food coloring I can make Pepsi, Coke, Dr Pepper and if I go lighter maybe Mt Dew, Vault, or leave it clear with some lemon lime and have Sprite or 7up.
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My perosnal rce blend is a bag of sugar, 3:1 sugar to water ratio boiled to the point where it starts binding. Then pulling that off the fire and mixing it a gallon of water. Spray it on, let it dry and keep the mini's off the track.

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NNNOOOOOO...Minis RULE!!!! Plus, it's a great way to test the traction...if the rear of a front wheel drive mini is breaking loose...you need more sugar/water.
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marcos has got it, i make my own sodas, and the ratio is generally around 1 pound of sugar per 1 gallon of water.. i wonder if anything cn be added to keep it from just drying or recrystalizing...
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We have a product that mixes with water and will last for more then one race week, We usually put it down monthly.

MMR Track Grip. Have the track contact us.

Works with foam and rubber tires, does not attract Dirt, is not sticky to the touch but gives a very consistent grip that lasts. bonus is it does not wash off in the rain.
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Default grape soda...

50 cents each at Dollar General or a similar store. Grape seems to have the highest sugar content and workd very well. We spray our entire track for about 5 dollars and it works great.
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