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Old 01-05-2003, 07:04 PM   #1
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Default Tire (Shore) Durometer for Foam Tires

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Does anybody know where to get a reasonably priced Tire Durometer for checking the Shore hardness on Foam tires?

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Old 01-05-2003, 09:18 PM   #2
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try ashfordhobbies.com
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Old 01-05-2003, 11:00 PM   #3
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Thanks, I'll check it out.
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No luck, couldn't pull up anything under ashfordhobbies.com

Anyone know where to find a SHORE gauge to check the hardness of FOAM tires?
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Old 01-10-2003, 11:22 AM   #6
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Default nitrodude;

Thanks, the link worked.

I tried a web search with hobby(s) spelled both ways but nothing came up. The Meter is still on the high side right now. Maybe if I spend more time on the big tracks I will be able to justify the $$$.

Thanks again.
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Pops racer unfortunatly a good one is not cheap. I went on this hunt last year and finding a good one for foam is not easy to do. One for rubber won't work. you need one with the proper tip to be usefull. but a good one is woorth its money. You would be amazed how far off the shores can be from whats printed on the box. I have seen more than 10 points off.
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We noticed that here also. It tends to work on a foodchain type scheme. The higher up the ladder you are the better quality tires you get.

The sponsored drivers get to pick the best sets, then the semi-sponsored, and then the shops get whats left to sell to the public.

And people wonder why the likes of Baker or Tossolini have such an advantage as far as speed goes. The next guy is told he is running the exact same stuff. Yeah right. I've been there and told that one.
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Yep, Pops, I tried the same thing a while ago.

There are a couple things ya gotta make sure to get right, too - make sure it's Shore C rated. . .

I know that MaxMod made one a while ago - I just saw one on Ebay that a friend (Toaddy) picked up. It's pretty nice.

I did pick up a cheap one, but it's just that, cheap.

It's gonna cost dinero. . .sucks, but true.
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I raced last weekend at our local permanent race track and had problems with the car handling which I believe was due to mislabeled sets of Foams. They are not plastic bagged in the box, so it would very easy for someone to get the sets mixed before the point of sale.

Well if I have to throw out a few sets of tires because of unknown properties, I guess it would be worth it to buy one.

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I've used the MaxMod durometer for years, and yes there can be big differences between foams rated the same shore. Very expensive but worth it.
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Pops racer unfortunatly a good one is not cheap. I went on this hunt last year and finding a good one for foam is not easy to do. One for rubber won't work. you need one with the proper tip to be usefull. but a good one is woorth its money. You would be amazed how far off the shores can be from whats printed on the box. I have seen more than 10 points off.
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Which type did you end up buying after your research.It would be a costly mistake to buy the wrong one.
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MaxMod works great $79 not to bad
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Try this...

http://www.odracing.com/accessories.htm

Don't know much about it, but you can check it out.
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Boomer,

It is not a C shore scale that is used for our foam tires. I have the one listed at Outer Dimension, Ashford, Paris and they are all the same one disributed by Paris and are made by PTC in Los Angeles, CA. This is a specialized scale designed just for this purpose and is not a standard scale though I have heard many claim that it most similar to the OO or OOO scale. Yep, they are expensive and if you want an accurate tool, get one.

The MaxMod is an excellent buy but AFAIK they have been out of business for a long time. If you find that they are still in business somewhere, drop me a line because I have questions about parts for my old truer.

If you are interested in more infor PTC's web site is http://www.ptc1.com/
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