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Old 05-22-2009, 09:36 PM   #1
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My question is how do the experienced drivers break in their tires? All I have been doing is driving my crawler up and down the street and over some rocks I can find to crawl. I know there is a better way to break in tires. Also, how do you know when tires are good to go????
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Old 05-22-2009, 09:59 PM   #2
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Most people say your tires are comp ready when they feel soft and flex well on rocks. You can help make your tires softer by soaking them with WD40. Your tires will work a whole lot better.
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Most people say your tires are comp ready when they feel soft and flex well on rocks. You can help make your tires softer by soaking them with WD40. Your tires will work a whole lot better.
thanks for the reply, but what does WD40 do to the tire to make them better performers?
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Keep driving on the tires...that's the best way I know how to break in tires. Getting some wheelspeed on some rocks will do it, as will crawling with them...after all, that's what they're going to be used for and you can get some crawling practice in too.
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A lot of people use simple green. Either full strength or diluted. It makes the rubber stickier plus its water soluable unlinke WD40. Just soak the tires then wash them and let them air dry. I dont know if its a chemical or molecular reaction just that it works. It changes/conditions the rubber.
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A lot of people use simple green. Either full strength or diluted. It makes the rubber stickier plus its water soluable unlinke WD40. Just soak the tires then wash them and let them air dry. I dont know if its a chemical or molecular reaction just that it works. It changes/conditions the rubber.
Is the simple green a one time treatment? Any idea how long people soak the tires in the simple green?
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i hold my rig by the front or rear axle and spin them in on the concrete at full throttle
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i hold my rig by the front or rear axle and spin them in on the concrete at full throttle

why and for how long??? doesnt that just wear out your tire tread more than make the rubber softer???
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Is the simple green a one time treatment? Any idea how long people soak the tires in the simple green?
i spray the tires with a healthy coat ,,let it sit for a lil while,,then wash it off and air dry,,i only do it b4 comps,,our club has comps once a month,,so i dont do it that often,,works awesome though
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To break in a new set of Panthers, I mount them up, hold the truck just off of the pavement and pull the throttle. I let the concrete do the work.

Before each comp, I remove the tires and clean them with this stuff:
http://www.jpcustomrcs.atomicshops.c...59/5166032.htm
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To break in a new set of Panthers, I mount them up, hold the truck just off of the pavement and pull the throttle. I let the concrete do the work.

Before each comp, I remove the tires and clean them with this stuff:
http://www.jpcustomrcs.atomicshops.c...59/5166032.htm

thx for the hyperlilnk. looks like the best suggestion yet in this thread. i am ordering some today.
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I've always used engine degreaser on my monster truck tires but I've never treated my crawler tires. I scuff them up on concrete and periodically wash them with dish soap. Some tires need washing more than others, and some need more break in than others. Proline M2 and M3 seem to really need a lot of break in, whereas losi tires seem to need a lot less less break in. Panthers really work better clean, I've noticed less of a difference with proline and losi tires.
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thx for the hyperlilnk. looks like the best suggestion yet in this thread. i am ordering some today.
Simple Green smells better than the JPs stuff (which smells like cherries), but JPs mixture works better than the Simple Green.
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I treat my panthers with simple green after every comp. It seems to work best if you spray the tire and scrub the simple green in with a brush. Then I let it completely dry then I rinse them.

I dont break in Panthers either. Just mount them and drive.
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I have been using simple green works very well but i might just try the jp .
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I treat my panthers with simple green after every comp. It seems to work best if you spray the tire and scrub the simple green in with a brush. Then I let it completely dry then I rinse them.

I dont break in Panthers either. Just mount them and drive.
what does simple green do to the tires? does it just clean them really well or make them sticker or softer?
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what does simple green do to the tires? does it just clean them really well or make them sticker or softer?
All three.
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A lot of people use simple green. Either full strength or diluted. It makes the rubber stickier plus its water soluable unlinke WD40. Just soak the tires then wash them and let them air dry. I dont know if its a chemical or molecular reaction just that it works. It changes/conditions the rubber.
Simple Green just cleans the rubber of all dirt,grease and debris. Applying to a used tire,you just get a "new" clean tire that's pre scuffed.
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personally i just use some paragon i heard its basically simple green but i find it works a little better. i think the menthol oil helps open up the pores of the rubber for better traction.

i hate the smell though, kinda like bengay
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personally i just use some paragon i heard its basically simple green but i find it works a little better. i think the menthol oil helps open up the pores of the rubber for better traction.

i hate the smell though, kinda like bengay
hay, old guys like me like the smell of bengay. what is paragon? is it a cleaner? where can i get some? etc, etc, etc
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