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Old 11-25-2008, 02:15 PM   #1
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Default Best rubber tires for indoor carpet track (indoor/outdoor felt carpet)?

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The local indoor carpet drift track just changed its schedule to allow touring car racing - rubber tires only, no tire sauce of any kind.

The carpet is not R/C racing carpet - it's the light gray color indoor/outdoor carpet you'd find at a home center. Works great for drifting, but I have no idea what rubber tires to use for touring car racing on this surface.

I have access to just about every compound of Sorex slicks made. Should I just start with the softest ones?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-25-2008, 03:00 PM   #2
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Try 28's or 24's. 28's seem to be the choice on tracks with real racing carpet and allowing compound. So I would think start with the softer ones since there will be very low traction on the track.
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Old 11-25-2008, 03:20 PM   #3
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with no additive I suggest pit D20.
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Old 11-25-2008, 04:02 PM   #4
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back when we raced like that we found to run some old tires and it seemed the more wore out they got the better the traction , and that was most likely due to the rubber being real soft ,hehe or real thin
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My local carpet track runs on rubber with no compound.

I have found that Sorex 20Rs provide the best grip, but dont last very long compared to a harder compound tyre. The Sorex 24Rs are almost as good in grip (especially when the track warms up a bit more) but last longer.

I have used Tamiya Type A's and these have been the best for tyre wear. They have lasted almost twice as long as a set of Sorex tyres, but I found them to have less grip than the softer compound tyres.

Much More Sweep 24Rs seem to be doing ok, just wouldnt get them premounted because I dont like the inserts and especially dont like the brittle easy to crack rims they come on. I would put these on Sorex A-Medium inserts with either the VTEC or SpeedMind rims.

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Sweet! Thanks for the speedy reply fellas!

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I've noticed that the softest compound isnt always the best, especially for example where you are working the tyres very hard, on a small technical track.

I used a set of cs22's on such track and to start with the car felt quite good, but towards the end of the run the tyres went off, probably because the sidewalls/tyre in general heated up too much.

Sometimes this is a setup issue (too much initial steering/front toe out), sometimes it is a tyre issue.

I'd experiment with the two softest compounds to see what offers the best grip to wear ratio.

Ive only ever used sorex 24/28 with additive but the 24 gripped pretty well and appeared to be consistant on grip level, even after 2 hours of use I still liked how they performed.
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