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Old 05-16-2005, 04:46 PM   #16
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I'll check it out.. Thanks
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I use rubbing alcohol on my tires and it gives some pretty wicked traction for about 150 laps ( 11 second laps ) then they start to get that weird smoothed over feeling and that's when I know they are practice tires.
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Old 05-16-2005, 06:18 PM   #18
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yes you can use a tire truer to clean your tires up...BUT.... be very careful not to take off more than just the very top surface. your best bet is probably to chuck em into a truer and just scuff them with a very fine sandpaper once just to get the glazed look off, and after that clean after every run with simple green and when you're not racing put your traction compound of choice on 'em and store them in a plastic bag or tire can.
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Old 05-16-2005, 06:22 PM   #19
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Do you clean them? I clean my tires with simple green between rounds and makes them like new.
yea, I have been using simple green as well, it works really well
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I'll never understand why guys use a petroleum based cleaner for their tires.....petroleum=oil oil=less grip....just my opinion, but what do I know.
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Old 05-16-2005, 07:19 PM   #21
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than what would you suggest using?
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Old 05-16-2005, 07:34 PM   #22
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Well honestly, I dotn thin resurfacing your tires is going to do a whole lot unless there is a big chunk missing out of it. The reason why rubber tires loose grip is because of heat cycles. The chemical compound within the tire changes and usually gives a bit less grip over time. The rubber deteriorates with use, becomes harder, and looses natural oils.

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IT is possible to keep rubber tires in good condition for quite a while.

Firstly, and it was mentioned earlier... DO NOT use motor cleaner to clean your tires. This is the worst thing you could possibly do as it dries them out prematurely.

Clean them with rubber tire cleaner. Secondly, sauce them and then park them in a bag to prevent solution evaporation. This will keep them in great shape for many weekends of club racing.

Although, I must say, many of you make things way freaking harder than they have to be. Only using your tires for 7-9 runs is comical. But keep doing what your doing, as I'm sure the tire companies love you!!!
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This one does cleaning without chemical.
Plenty torque at that.
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I wonder if you were to rub some mineral oil (baby-oil) onto the tires if that would re-moisten them and make them stay grippy longer?!?! Once done soaking in, wipe the excess oil off and BAM!!!

Man...that could be a good idea!!!
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Clean them with rubber tire cleaner. Secondly, sauce them and then park them in a bag to prevent solution evaporation. This will keep them in great shape for many weekends of club racing.
Where do I get some rubber tire cleaner? What brand works?
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Is there a way to remove the top layer of rubber without ruining the tires? I have a bunch of Take Off CS 27's that I would love to get more use out of but traction is running slim on them.

Any help would be appreciated of anything I can do that wouldn't ruin the tires.
Scotch Brite(sp) or a very fine/soft brass brush witha tire setting lathe.. and you should be able to clean the rough surface of the tires and make them look somewhat new again
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Where do I get some rubber tire cleaner? What brand works?
Trinity used to make the S&M rubber tire cleaner, part one of a two part system is the cleaner. I bought a case in 2000 and it's kept my tires in KILLER condition all these years.

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Trinity used to make the S&M rubber tire cleaner, part one of a two part system is the cleaner. I bought a case in 2000 and it's kept my tires in KILLER condition all these years.

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I just saw some of that stuff at the shop the other day....How much would you estimate it really helps?
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Old 05-16-2005, 10:53 PM   #30
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I'm gonna have to pick some of that stuff up and use that with the sauce in a bag trick. Whatever I can do to get some more runs out of these things.
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