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Old 05-26-2012, 08:58 PM   #1
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Default Mounting foam tires to wheels

Hi, I just purchased a Tamiya F103 today and am wondering the best method for mounting the foam tires to the wheels. The instructions say to use the double sided tape in the kit but I'm skeptical of this method. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 05-28-2012, 06:54 PM   #2
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A way, green/black rubber cement and laquer thinner. If you plan on using the rim over and over. Only if the rim does not melt in laquer thinner which can happen to certain plastics. (test on a spare rim) Apply rubber cement to rim and to the inner side of the rubber, let dry. Then dunk the rim and tire horn in thinner. Quickly brush some thinner into the inner tire to get the glue slippery. Push rubber tire down over horn on to rim and seat the tire. let dry.
Ready to true in less than a hour. That's how you would do it traditionaly.

If the rim melts in laquer thinner or it is a on time shot, CA glue is the other common choice. Some people set the rim down on a suface (with wax paper or non stick surface??) push the tire on the rim dry and get it positioned. Then stick the CA bottle tip down in between and give it squeeze in circle motion on the way back out. Making a spiral of glue... I have not tried this just heard that is a way. Acetone will melt CA to get the tire back off, usually the rims that melt in the laquer thinner don't melt in the acetone.

Either way, have pleny of ventilation...

And perhaps there is just the trick that the guys using your setup have, with your particular rims. The tape may be fine...

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Old 05-29-2012, 08:31 AM   #3
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I'm using the double sided tape that's included with the kit or tires (seperately).
The best way when using the double sided tape is to use some water with soap for dishes and it works perfectly.
I haven't had any issues with this methode so far.
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I used the tape to put the tires on although they are not perfect. They do have a small amount of wobble. Should I be worried about this or is this normal.
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:25 PM   #5
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Its easy, but messy. Coat the wheel with glue(contact cement works), coat the inside of the donut with glue, let them sit untill they are dry but tacky. Dip the wheel in paint thinner to disolve the glue a little and make it "slimy", then just slide the donut onto the wheel and let it dry. It hells to have some kind of cone to strech the tire as you slide it on the wheel, but not nessesary
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