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Old 09-24-2004, 10:12 AM   #1
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just wondering what household items everyone used on rubber tires as additives to help them grip better.
i have used wd40 in the past, and i have heard somethings about simple green too, but is there anything else that will also work?
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WD-40 and Simple Green are cleaners and lubes and leave a residue behind. I used to use simple green and wonder why the car would get greasy and pick up a bunch of crap from the track after a run. Stick with mainstream RC traction compounds. TQ stuff works well, as does MPH Products T-Rx
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Old 09-24-2004, 11:47 AM   #3
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Yeah you dont want your tires to be real sticky because they will just pick up a load of dirt on the first lap & there goes your traction, you want a traction compound that softens the rubber thereby giving you traction, also try softer inserts.
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Yeah, you want softer, not stickier because sticky will just load up with dirt and crud from the track.
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These aren't household items but you could use paragon, Trinity death grip, and Trinity tire tweek just make sure you wipe your tires really good before you go race.
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Trinity Tire Tweek & Red Dot seem to be pretty popular around here.
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Suntan lotion and some waterless hand cleaners(such as Gojo) will work. They don't work as well as the tire additives you can buy.

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Old 09-24-2004, 07:37 PM   #8
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thanks for all the tips guys. i have an onroad race on sunday, and all i have is rubber tires(everyone uses foams at my local track) and was just wondering what there was out there. i will start to run foams as soon as my rubbers wear down. i like WD-40 because if you use it properly, and really wipe the excess off, then it does make the tires softer.
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Jack the Gripper made by corally is good and it does not have a smell at all.
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hey RobS, i see you are from chathem Onatrio. thats cool, i and not too far away from you, i am in Barrie Onatrio
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You can also use some RC motor sprays to soften the tires.
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whats the piont of tyre cleaner, your tyres will get dirty as soon as you move the circumference of the tyre?
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use the tyre cleaner first to clean off old dead rubber from the tyre then use your additive
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Old 09-25-2004, 11:39 AM   #14
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If you just put additive on dirty tires than the dirt is going to the collect the additive, no the actual tire. I've been using WD-40 for both cleaning & additive and havent had any problems.
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