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Old 07-29-2008, 12:35 AM   #1
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I would like to know how to prepaire and treat rubber tires for racing.
I have been using foams and would like to use rubbers in future but I need to know what is best for them and also how to get them race ready...
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brand new: take them for 5 laps traction compound 15 mins before run if nessesary
after run:clean with motor spray

there, the tires are ready
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brand new: take them for 5 laps traction compound 15 mins before run if nessesary
after run:clean with motor spray

there, the tires are ready
I tend clean with Simple green rather then motor spray, motor spray can hurt the compounds in the tires. But as fast as you go through them it may not matter. Other recommend Buggy Grip to clean the tires but I am too lazy to order some. The simple green works great.
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I'm just getting into rubber tire racing as well. Do you need to clean the tires? Does this make them last longer or preform better? or both?
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I'm just getting into rubber tire racing as well. Do you need to clean the tires? Does this make them last longer or preform better? or both?
Yes, All of the above...
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Yes, All of the above...
Noted, thanks...I'm off to clean my tires
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Clean your tires. On dirt tires, the dirt soaks up the oils drying up the tire.

I have never been fond of heavy saucing a rubber tire, but I do coat the tire with a drop or two of something 15min before I drive. I used to just dab some DeathGrip on the tire and use my tire towel to rub it around the tire. Now I just use Jack the Gripper. My goal is to have clean tire the grabs the asphalt heating the tire up to temp faster than a tire that slips becuase of excess solvents weaping out.

All my tires foam or rubber are stored in air-tight containers to extend life. Ozone and air will affect a tire big time and make then harder and slicker. Saucing your tire and storing them to me is a Big-NO-NO. The solvents continue to break down the tire and glue bonds while the VOC are gassing out. Best to store your tires wiped and dry.

I have some Take-Offs that I thought were good tires (4 years old) and I just ran some new tires and I was amazed at the difference old vs. new tires. I didn't buy my tire containers till last year, so my tires had 2~3 years to dry out in my garage.
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:46 PM   #8
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Thanks for the help so far... but keep on sending more

I have a couple of problems - Firstly
In South Africa the avalability of traction cmpounds are virtually zero... so if someone could give me tips on what to use for traction compounds ( something that is avalable as normal houshold products)
One such product I have hearsd is to use pine floor cleaner for the tires...

The second thing that I have read is to remove the moulding ridge on the tire


Oh buy the way this is for asphalt racing...

Thanks Guys...all help is usefull
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I use buggy grip but was looking for a cheaper replacement. Is simple green good?
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for outdoors, you can try automatic gearbox fluid or suncream. they seem to work as well as any additive I've tried. You want something oil based, which will keep the rubber a little soft.

for indoors, I'm not sure as the additives are water based
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You can make your own traction compound if the store do not have any where you live. These may not be the best performers and have all the secret ingrediants, but they will help


1/2 Liter of oderless lighter fludid and 10~20ml (WD40/Marvel Mystery Oil, BreakFree, or 3:1 Oil)

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1 Liter of Denatured Alchohol, 1/2 Liter of Simple Green, and 10ml~20ml of lightweight oil(see above).
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