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Old 10-06-2005, 12:09 AM   #1
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Just wondering what tires you find best on polished wooden floors?? and where do you get these from. I run touring modified class.
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Not so much the tire traction you should worry about as the traction on your shoes, cause when momma comes home and sees you messing up the hardwoods you better not slip!
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Schumacher Narrow Minipins in Yellow compound are what we generally use here in the UK for the best grip on slippy floors. These give the most grip.

The minipin tyres are also available in wide and blue compounds, which grip a little less, and wear a little better.

Whether these are available in NZ or not, I have no idea!
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schumacher mini pins, narrow yellow compound as sosidge said. You could also use LRP Top Traction as additive. It works great and doesnt mark the floor
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Try and get some yellow Rally blocks from Schumacher, believe it or not I know someone who grip rolled with these on polished wood.
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Schumacher mini pins sound like the go. I will try and find a shop with them either here in NZ or anywhere around the world.

Do these tires leave any markings from where they have been??

Thanks for your help
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Sorex 2R's with mini suction cups!
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wow racing on wood floors?? Do the cars squeek like ball players sneekers at a basketball game??? ive never heard of this surface being run on.. sounds cool..
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Our local club runs on polished wood every week. Grip is very low when its dusty, kind of like drifting. But recently we started using additive and theres alot more grip (its not quite carpet but its a vast improvement on un-treated tyres).

it does not mark polished wood floors even with additive. Since we started using additive we have been hearing some crazy tyre squeals! kinda realistic
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i think slippy floor racing is some of the best racing iv ever done, its great to learn on as you need throttle control and a 27 turn is usually all you need so its a cheap start and for the more advanced racers its very close racing
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or if your like me you put in a 9x1 and back it into the first corner half way down the straight,
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lol ye thats fun aswell
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Ok, we used to race on a SMOOTH concrete track in the winter and this is what worked the best for us.

First I should ask you in you have any rules as far aas tires go because this is a little different than the norm.

Ok hear goes.

1. Buy a set of purple foams for both the front and rear of the car.
2. True them down to what ever size you like. 2.250 always worked good for us.
3. Radius the edges with about 1/8" radius
4. Find silicone sealant for windshields' I belive it was from Dupont or 3m
5. Apply 3 THIN coats for sealer using your finger to smooth it out.
5. Allow each coat to dry before adding any more.
6. Make sure the silicone is as smooth as possible, small ridges are ok.
7. Go have fun!!!!

It might seem like alot of work but we never found anything to provide as much traction as these tires did.
Chuncking was never a big problem either.

I word of advice try to find the silicone for windshiels as it is considerably thinner and easier to work wiht than normal silicone. It is clear and the tires will "wear in" after the first couple battery packs. After the first race day or two the small ridges will be warn off and the tires will work even beter.

Oh and no traction compound is needed.

It might be alot of work but the resuls should prove to be worth it.

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Here is a tip for putting silicone on foam tires.. the finger way will never be perfectly smooth.. Way back in the day we use to run hard packed clay oval.. we use to silicone our foam tires.. this is how we did it..


First you need a drill that can be set at a super low speed.. almost a crawl.. very very very slow..

then you need to make a chuck, that will it the drill, and allow you to mount the tire to the drill..

Put the tire in turn it on.. the speed again should be a crawl..barely moving.. Then take a basball card, or playing card and put some silicone on it.. Apply it to the foam tire in a nice even manner.. keep spreading it on the tire until it is perfectly smooth.. let the tire spin in the drill until the silicone is dry.. the rotation of the drill will keep the silicone balanced on the tire until it is dry..

when you are done you have a perfeclty smooth round tire..
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