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Old 02-24-2011, 03:43 PM   #1
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Default Explaining Slick Tire Degrees?

I'm new to on-road electric TC racing. I've just spent several hours searching out some new tires for my Cyclone TC. Looking for a rubber slick tire for carpet. I've come across many tires, and many websites, but I can't figure out what the degrees means?

For example... The same tire can come in several "degrees" variations. 24 degrees, 32 degrees, 40 degrees, etc... I assume this has something to do with the sidewall angle? I can't find an answer! Anyone know?
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It's the shore rating of the tire. A lower number = softer tire.
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You might be looking at temperature ratings. Most RUBBER touring tires have ratings based on temperature rating. It's based on a few things including tire design, the insert, and tire compound. Some manufacturers list in Celcius so be aware.
Shore ratings are primarily used when talking about foam tires.
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So absolutely nothing to do with sidewall angle... Ah, it's good to be a noob again...

So a higher temp rating (since we're talking about rubber TC tires) would lend itself to a harder compound? Does that make sense? And thus, need to be "warmed up" to perform at it's optimal level? And offer longer life?
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I've never seen any rc tires with sidewall angle info. Hotter temp range doesn't necessarily mean "harder" compound. Simply means the tire will have it's best adhesion profile while operating within a given temp range. The insert has a bit to do with it also. And yes, some tires get better after a couple laps at speed, Long life ?? Weeeellll.....that depends ALOT on how you drive and how well setup the car is.
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click here for the thread "rubber tires for dummies", not as out of date as it seems
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