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Old 12-20-2012, 11:19 AM   #1
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Hey guys. Just wondering what you guys use for foams. I put foams on my XO-1 top speed car and it totally trashed my handling. Oversteer like crazy now. Anyhow, I've tried a few things and nothing is really impressing me much. They make the foam "stickier", but that doesn't seem to help much on dusty asphalt. Is there anything that actually softens the foam to allow for a larger contact patch?
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For dusty asphalt, rubber tires will probably work better. Foams like clean, dry, smooth asphalt. If you want to try sauce, try a thicker, oil based sauce like SXT 2.0 with a good, long soak.
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The stock rubber had a lot more grip but at speeds over 120 but growth became a huge issue. The foams are way more stable at speed. How does the SXT compare to Paragon FXII? I've used that and it didn't really "soften" the tire.
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Tried Coppertone. Just made it sticky. After the car rolls 10 feet it's useless imo.
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I use trinty tire tweek and paragon ground effect, 75% tweek. This really bites for my 1/8 scale
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The problem here is that you are trying to use foam on a dirty surface. It simply won't work. The foam needs to wear away to maintain traction and will just pickup the dust due to its porosity. With the dust on the tire surface there will be no friction thus no wear. The bigger the contact patch, the worse the problem will be. Your only other option would be a rubber capped, foam tire. It will be light, round and most important in your case, solid which will minimize tire growth.
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We race asphalt in FL with 1/12th and WGT cars year round. The traction compound of choice for YEARS has been Paragon Ground Effects for 5 min (odorless SX3 would probably work too) with any runny suntan lotion over it for another 15 min or so. The Paragon soften the tire and the suntan lotion keeps the tires from picking up dust. It works great and works better than any single traction compound.
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Have you tried just blowing off the track and sugar water? Trinity red dot-SXT2.0 -All Pro and Coppertone 40-45. Any of those work down here in Florida.
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