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Old 05-18-2010, 01:27 PM   #1
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Default Tire choice for carpet, no traction compound allowed

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I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations on a 24 mm or 26mm (I plan on trying both) rubber TC tire to use on a small, tight carpet track with no traction compound allowed. The track is in a basement, so the floor is fairly cool as well if it matters.

Motor is 17.5 with short gearing.

Thanks for any help.
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No compound allowed? Yikes.
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Is it berber carpet or shag? Its important to know what they put in the basement.
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You can't go wrong with the Sorex/Jaco 24's or 28's.

http://www.sj-rracing.com/SJ-R_RC_Ca...cing_Tires.cfm
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wow good luck, NO COMPOUND!!!! +1 on the sorex 28's
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Compound or no compound won't it still biul up a groove? I know it will not be as fast but.....unless the smell is the only thing you are trying to prevent. I would suggest a xenon tire. they have areally soft compoun that looks like it would hook up really well. ^ I hope that is the manufacturer that I am thinking of. ( buffaloBill help me out)
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yes xenon is what you are thinkin of. but i dont know i think i would probly try jaco greens. i would think you would want soft. but dont lsten to me
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jaco greens may not be soft enough untill grip comes up anyway.
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Sorex 28R or RP-30

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we ran for a few years without compound... PRE-SOREX era... We ended up all using parma PSE rubber tires.. pretty sure they dont make them any more...

We ended up using no or low odor compounds....Trinity ZipFree and then JAck the GRipper wich is still being used to this day..

Its racing and if its the rule then its the same for everyone. Sorex 24s would be best and maybe use tirewarmers
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When you can't do what you want, CHEAT!
Put some tire tweak on the rubber the night before and store them in a zip lock bag. Then 2 hour before going to the track apply some more down followed by some traction compound. Then before going to the track wipe them off well.
This should help soften up the tires to help you. Also you might want to look into tire warmers. This will help keep the tires softer.
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To answer some of the posts, it's pretty standard racing carpet (ozite?) I'm not sure what it's called. It's a local fun racing (no transponders even) spec based club. I don't know their reasons for not allowing compound, but likely things like cost, ventilation, mess are the reasons.

I'm not interested in cheating. When I ran my TC once last winter, I soaked my tires in WD40 overnight to soften them up, which worked okay. I used Jaco blues and they hooked up decently for most of the day.

Other than warmers (which some guys use but I can't justify the cost), I suppose softer is better given the conditions. Does anyone have any experience with the HPI "carpet" compound treaded tires?
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where do you race? Kingston?

HPI has never made a tire that was any good for racing... Been there done that. Your best options for rubber on ozite is Sorex
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We have used MMR 24 & 26, Jaco Green & Blue, and a few of the HPI Pro compound tires at our, now closed, hobby shop.

We were not allowed ANY traction compound either. So a few of us would clean our tires with simple green.
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i use wd40 to clean my tires now and it makese them nice and tacky
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