Foam vs. Rubber

Old 03-24-2011, 09:47 PM
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Originally Posted by chubbspeterson View Post
Nice...

You all know it is a $$$$ issue right?

Spec tires saved Rubber tire...Sepc foams, not going to happen, still only last a few runs....
Foam TC was great, but it was a flat out battle of cash. You want to be like the "fast" guys, you run ALOT of foam tires....

12th and pan cars don't eat the tires like a TC did, they get a few more runs on them.

WGT works because it's a hard spec tire, great idea IMOP....

crap I just wasted my own time on this...
No real argument from me. Foam TC was fun prior to the "micro-magenta" era, but imo, it was never as much fun as 12th scale. Spec tires saved rubber because it took the overwhelming insert/rim/tire debacle away. I just don't enjoy racing rubber TC. It's a personal preference thing.

I don't really think that the Lilac compound is right for WGT either. I think a Magenta or even pink would wear as well, and the cars would work better. I believe that's one of the reasons the class isn't as popular as it could be. It's very difficult to set-up a car on the wrong tire.
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:05 PM
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So the general consensus is if your a poor college student like me... you should run rubber tires, because they will a lot less expensive since they last much longer?
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So the general consensus is if your a poor college student like me... you should run rubber tires, because they will a lot less expensive since they last much longer?
Or focus on 1/12. I am a college student like yourself and have recently gotten back into the hobby after a 5 year hiatus. 1/12 was the funnest and cheapest class I used to race and now with brushless/lipo technology I'd say it is definitely still the cheapest. At a club level there isn't a need for a truer since almost all of the major brands have designed larger rims with race level trued foams. Plus the bodies look hella cooler

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Old 03-24-2011, 11:24 PM
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Originally Posted by CypressMidWest View Post
I don't really think that the Lilac compound is right for WGT either. I think a Magenta or even pink would wear as well, and the cars would work better. I believe that's one of the reasons the class isn't as popular as it could be. It's very difficult to set-up a car on the wrong tire.
I think they missed the boat in that it's just like 1/12 but bigger. There's one body to run, and the seem really stuck anytime there's traction. The class attracted all the pan car guys, but that's it.

It's like an extra class to run at big races.

At the beginning, I heard they wanted to try TC foams on the cars vs. the pan car tires. That might have been a way to make them drive differently, a different experience. The bodies could be a little more exciting too. It's just not something that makes people jump out and say "I gotta do that".
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So the general consensus is if your a poor college student like me... you should run rubber tires, because they will a lot less expensive since they last much longer?
Assuming equal ability and equipment, a foam car will smoke a rubber car. They shouldn't really be racing in the same class together.

And it is not a matter of just swapping tires - practicing with rubber and slapping on foams for racing will require pretty drastic setup changes. I'd concentrate on 1/12 only if you are on a tight budget.
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