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Old 08-20-2001, 08:07 PM   #1
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Please advice.... I wanna buy one. Any brand in particular?
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Old 08-20-2001, 10:13 PM   #2
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I have some Eagle ones, they are not as easy to use as the Tenth Technology ones(The benchmark so far).
The Purple Trinity ones are similar to the TT ones.
All of them are way too expensive, The race series I just completed rendered them almost compulsory.

There was a competitor who made his own for about $15 NZ as opposed to over a hundred dollars for manufactured ones.
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Why is the eagle one difficult to use? I am almost getting those...
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Old 08-20-2001, 10:31 PM   #4
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They are a bit fiddly to put on then take off in a hurry, if you leave them on too long they do get quite a bit hotter than the TT ones which overheats the tyre(bad). They are a bit more portable as they are powered by a 6 cell pack, not 12v.

The TTech ones wrap around the tyre as the 4 warmers are velcro backed strips(12v)
My friend that I race with has the TTech ones I have the Eagles.
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I heard that there are 2 versions of the Eagle tire warmers, one that is difficult to take off and one that looks like the Trinity ones... any comments? Thanks!
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Old 08-21-2001, 02:26 AM   #6
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I have the Trinity set and have not used them. There is another person I know that has used them with much success. My opinion is that they are not worth using except in cooler conditions since, here in Texas, the surface easily exceeds 140 degrees.
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What do you guys think of the HPI Tire warmers available at BuyHPI?

Also, do the tire warmers have a noticable handling difference when they're warm?
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I've never used tire warmers, but I'm guessing it would make the car feel the same way at the beginning of the race, as it normally does about 40 seconds into it... Don't have to warm up the tires before you can rip off the fast laps.
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If Eagle have done some that look like the Purple Trinity ones then they should be OK.
I have mine on for about 7-8 mins on a charged 6 cell pack, That seemed to work but the track surface was very cold, anywhere from 5 deg C up to around 10-15 deg C.(Indoor concrete)
The difference in laptimes between cold and warm tyres was approx 1.5 sec per lap.
They can overheat tyres so you have to be careful about how long you leave them on for.
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I have always thought that they were a good idea to get maximum traction from the start of the race, but after looking at the prices (couple of years ago), I say screw that. I'll just use my heat gun. I would only have to put it on there for a second to heat up the tire. Just my 2c
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tire warmers work well when it's cold out. Especially in the fall outdoor racing season. When it's 40 degrees out, it works well, but beleive it or not, the tire actually cools down and grip gets worse as race goes on. Here in Minnesota, air temp can be around 40, and track temp is well below it.

One trick for indoor, if the carpet has really low grip, douse the tire with tire compound, and bake them in with the tire warmer. Use regular 15V power supply, and it gets over 250 degrees. Incredible traction from the get go. You can almost make hockey puck tires grip the track! (ie, worthless kit tires)
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first let me say that i have not used warmers, but i can see they would work, but here is a problemi see, for example.....my buddy razzo uses warmers, heets his tires up, they call his race, i put my moter in backwards...take a minuets grace...razzos tires cool off, and he is back to cold tires....all that electricity for nought....
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I figure just take a lap...scrub the tires a little bit. I've always done that anyways...
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too funny mr.losi...
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I use mine on cool days and night racing.
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