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Old 09-03-2009, 08:41 AM
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Hi guys, i will be running at a state championship in 1/8th buggy that may get a bit of rain, so i was wanting to narrow a set of soft tires just in case i need them, i have not found much info on doing this, so i was just wanting to know if there is a particular tread pattern that i should go for, and how much should i narrow them by?. I have had some practice on some old tires and have the cutting and glueing all sorted, but just want to get it right before hacking into some new tires.

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Old 09-03-2009, 12:39 PM
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I would recomend that you just use tires that have the tread almost worn off so the mud won't stick on.

Also, for the same purposeyou can spray them with WD-40 just before hitting the track. I usually spray the whole car!!!
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We did this at the worlds in the USA. In severe mud you need a narrow tire/rim. I do this for guys over the waters often and have some sets ready to go.

Check out our Speed Shop Thread on this forum.

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Originally Posted by ABURTON View Post
We did this at the worlds in the USA. In severe mud you need a narrow tire/rim. I do this for guys over the waters often and have some sets ready to go.

Check out our Speed Shop Thread on this forum.

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what treads were you guys using in the horror show of practice ?

personally i would have to have a 2nd car ready to go....it would have taken me hrs and hrs to clean off all that mud....but i guess in circumstances like that you just hit it with a hose and forget about the bearing's and drivetrain parts staying rust free...that's something i wont do is Juice my car with a hose/pressure washer....but then again ive never races in those condition's and hope i never have to.

I love the 1 RcCarAction video showing all the mud and cleaning.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ojp6ZBOzU08

that one....but they changed the song....which somewhat killed it but still a kick arse vid.
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Thanks for the response guys, i have tried the worn tyres with WD40, and it still seams to bulk up, particularly if its a clay track, thats why i want to narrow some tires to try it out, to see if its any better.
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I have never even heard of this. What is the general idea, out of curiosity. Do you cut a certain number of knobs off the tread from the outside working in, or...?
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Don't ya just love that sticky wet red clay?
Throw a mean arsed .28 on it, crank the spring
collars down and squeeze the trigger tight.
Reminds me of the local mudbog pit.
By the time you get to the end of the run,
your in four feet of red clay soup.
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Originally Posted by rageworks View Post
Don't ya just love that sticky wet red clay?
Throw a mean arsed .28 on it, crank the spring
collars down and squeeze the trigger tight.
Reminds me of the local mudbog pit.
By the time you get to the end of the run,
your in four feet of red clay soup.

MMMMM Red clay soup, my favorite!
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Originally Posted by Semple View Post
I have never even heard of this. What is the general idea, out of curiosity. Do you cut a certain number of knobs off the tread from the outside working in, or...?
yeah i first seen it at the worlds, but there is not much info out there about it, maybe its a well kept pro secret, i guess that because there is less tyre for the mud to stick to there less rotating mass, so it would be much nicer to the clutch and engine? You have to cut rows of tread from the inside to the outside then glue back together with CA, i am just hacking away at the moment i will try and post some pics when done.
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Someone should come out with a pre-mounted
narrow tire and rim set-up. They can call them
"Mean Mudders" or "Clay Slingers". Ha!Ha!Ha!......
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Originally Posted by rageworks View Post
Someone should come out with a pre-mounted
narrow tire and rim set-up. They can call them
"Mean Mudders" or "Clay Slingers". Ha!Ha!Ha!......


i honestly remember something about GRP maybe or some one doing the narrow tire thing....but for the life of me i cant remember exactly where i saw it or read it...but im 95% sure i did....maybe VP....
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Does anyone know if you still run an insert as well with the narrow tyre? have read someware that you dont?
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Originally Posted by RX313BT View Post
Does anyone know if you still run an insert as well with the narrow tyre? have read someware that you dont?


i would think you would just cut down the stock or find a thinner alternative...but to run no foam sounds a little...."out there"....as the rims would provide a pretty poor cushion for some of the Big US style tracks....i dunno Mr BURTON Im sure could answer it for us.
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i use a New VP pro tread patteren mormally strikers. i cut down the middle of the tire and then cut the required amount out normally at the next rib bands.MAKE SURE YOU CUT AT THE RIB BAND. do this to both sides of the tire and then glue them together. cut the rim at the same width as the tire cutting from the inside of the tire. then glue the tire to the rim and done.

you DON'T USE THE FOAM INSERT after you narrow the tire.
Make sure you use a good Quality glue.

hope this helps

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Originally Posted by cluffy1 View Post
i use a New VP pro tread patteren mormally strikers. i cut down the middle of the tire and then cut the required amount out normally at the next rib bands.MAKE SURE YOU CUT AT THE RIB BAND. do this to both sides of the tire and then glue them together. cut the rim at the same width as the tire cutting from the inside of the tire. then glue the tire to the rim and done.

you DON'T USE THE FOAM INSERT after you narrow the tire.
Make sure you use a good Quality glue.

hope this helps

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Thanks for the info, very helpfull.
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