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Old 04-28-2005, 11:44 PM   #1
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what are the differences? Do foam tires wear out faster than rubber tires? I run a TC3 on foam, outdoor, asphault. will i sacrifice traction by switching to rubber? do rubber tires last longer than foam? thanks for your help everyone.

ps. i run at revelation, CA.
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Try a search if you haven't done it already. This is always an interesting topic to follow.
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what are the differences? Do foam tires wear out faster than rubber tires? I run a TC3 on foam, outdoor, asphault. will i sacrifice traction by switching to rubber? do rubber tires last longer than foam? thanks for your help everyone.

ps. i run at revelation, CA.
you run electric at REV ???
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Foam offers more traction on all surfaces.
Foam tires are lighter than rubber.
Foam tires have the potential to last longer. They WEAR much better than rubber but they can chunk (piecues of foam getting ripped off) easily.
Foam on some track surfaces and classes may not be legal for racing.
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Calling RC Driver Gary! Calling RC Driver Gary! lol

This should be fun.... again.

If Foams are legal then by all means use Foams. They are superior for the reasons koabich listed. I would also add that they are less expensive.
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Depends on how competitive you want to be. If you're very competitive, run the fast tires and run the fast tire diameter ... Foam tires don't even come close to lasting as long as rubber tires. There are only two advantages foams have over rubber tires ... They're more consistent through out the life of the tire and they make your car easier to set-up.

In my opinion, rubber tires make you a better driver. Set-up plays a much bigger role on a rubber tire car.

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Rubber or foam depends more on the surface than anything else. For instance, indoors on carpet foams are a must. Outdoors, it depends more on the track.

In general, an unprepared parkinglot track will be better with rubber tires but a prepared track will be better with foams.

Using a spec premounted tire takes a bunch of the expense out of rubber tire racing.
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For instance, indoors on carpet foams are a must.
Not in Europe or Asia. This may be why the other guys are kicking US drivers butts at major races.
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Rubber tires are a must on carpet? 95% of the world races rubber tires on carpet.... Foams are mostly used here in the US.
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Set-up is as important for foam racing as it is for Rubber racing. The difference is the approach. Normally with Rubber tire racing you are searching for traction and you setup your car accordingly. With foam tire racing traction is easier to come by (thank you foam tires) so your setup changes are more focused on increasing corner speed.

Tire life depends upon way too many factors to simply state one is better than the other.

I just like the fact that I can get 2 full sets (4 pair) of GQ foams for less than $40 shipped to my door.
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You can get a whole set of take off 27s for under $40. You don't have to worry about chunking, your gear ratio doesn't change, you don't need a tire truer and you can get about 6+ race days out of them with a small drop in laptimes.

You'd be lucky if you get more than 2 race days on a set of double pinks trued down to 58-59mm.
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Mal , Is`nt it funny how just a few years ago when I told Debbie & the rest same things you are saying now ?


Rubber belongs on sedans.....

Foam belongs on the pans....
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Rubber belongs on sedans.....

Foam belongs on the pans....
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You can get a whole set of take off 27s for under $40.
I know... almost 2 times the price.

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you can get about 6+ race days out of them with a small drop in laptimes. You'd be lucky if you get more than 2 race days on a set of double pinks trued down to 58-59mm.
Perhaps in Mod, but in stock I easily get 3 or 4 race weekends out of a set of Foams (dbl pinks) trued to 58mm with NO drop in lap times. I do have to change gear to maintain rollout though. With the GQs I mentioned before... on asphalt... I true to 60mm and get PLENTY of racing time on them.

Like someone mentioned earlier, so long as you use a specified Premount tire (ie Take Off 27s) then the expense isn't so bad with Rubber tire racing. I'm glad this is the trend with rubber tire racing too... I hated the days of nearly infinite rubber, insert, rim combonation. Tedious not to mention expensive.
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I've ran electric on-road for a few years and this year tried Nitro and everybody said foams were the ticket but I couldn't get it around the track,switch to CS-27's and it drove great the only problem was everytime you hit a pipe it would break the center out of the wheel.
BTW the guy who said you can get 6+ races out of a set of 27's,How are you doing that?I buy a new set every race.I can run about 4 5min runs and the tires are feathered so bad they won't stay consistent.
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