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Old 05-07-2009, 12:05 AM   #1
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I was not able to find any special tires for pan cars to use on a wet asphalt track. Does it exist?
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You can make your own using Tamiya tire caps (a rubber sleeve that fits over foam tires - instructions are included in the packaging). I think there's other companies making tire caps, but who I don't know. The foam tires will have to be the right diameter before you put the tire caps on.
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You could buy oval pan car caps and sipe/groove them to your specification.
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Sounds like a god idea.. But does anyone run there car on a rainy day on the rc track? I've seen huge 8th scale nitro races online kicking ass on a wet rained out track
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Yes, we race on outdoor tracks and it happened very occasionally that the track was wet. The nitros and touring have rain tires, I am looking for something so that pan cars could still race as well.
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Over the years of racing various cars in the rain locally we've come to realize that running treaded tires in the rain or wet conditions really doesn't make a difference over slick rubber tires so long as you have the correct compound. Often times in racing F1 cars in the rain (both 2wd and 4wd) the slick tires got better traction in the wet then the treaded tires did because the compound on the treaded tires was not as good. Some rubber slicks even start to get more grip when it gets wet enough.

However all that really doesn't help much for pan cars running foam tires. The old cap material for F1 pan cars used to work very well in the wet so if you can still find some it might be worthwhile making a set for running in the rain. But be careful when running them in the dry as they will get torn up quickly in the wrong conditions.
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Thanks. I have been looking for pan car rubber tires as well but I could not find anything. Anybody knows where to buy them?
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