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01-15-2011, 06:53 PM
i wanted to get some tires for the summit. i mostly run on the street and wet rocks. what are some good tires for both.
01-16-2011, 08:28 AM
Imex rubicon tires do well for me.... The thread has deep treads to grab onto imperfections on the rock even when wet... On road they work well and take a good beating. Little hint...the foams it comes wit are stiff so the keep the shape on the road for hard bashing ( still work for crawling just a bit stiff for me)...if you crawl more/ mainly. The get softer foams to help on rocks ( still can road bash but will not feel as precise as stock foams). What I did to find my right setting was tack in the tire to a few spots on the rim with hot glue & once I found my right foams glue in the tire.
I sold these tires to a friend who shredded the stock and he still has them..... I was so happy with them I used them again for my dually summit because they were great tuff tires that take a beating....
01-18-2011, 08:54 AM
PM About Rubicons…
Yes, they stiff but I like them more stiff than floppy since stiff is more precise in its performance….
What I do Is I burn in grooves into the foam giving “weak points” on the foam letting the tire and foam flex more but I don’t cut the Star Pattern like crawlers do…. That is too “mushy” for all terrain bashing… I do not like when the tire rolls too much, all your turns are widened because of what I call the sidewall slide.
Here is a video to show I cut my foams in blocks to allow flex but not as much as a start pattern cut would do for crawling.
Hope this helps....
01-18-2011, 01:37 PM
Thanks for info on that foam grooving. I'll have to try that.
Btw do you know of a image for the "Star Pattern like crawlers do" ?
cool stuff i only knew about cutting scallops to the edge of the foam or narrowing it.
looks like i need to get some spar foam inserts and get busy experimenting ;)
OK I think i found out what a star pattern is . wow must be really soft .
01-18-2011, 02:21 PM
Hope this helps...
01-18-2011, 02:21 PM
Yep thats it, you could try less depth on the cutouts to make them not so soft,While still allowing the face of the tire to flatten and flex more than stock but not quite crawler soft?.Once the foam gets wet even once it's never the same.I would like to find some closed cell foam for 40 series,that is cheap
01-18-2011, 08:55 PM
Jamann, you are right if they get wet they get bad... They become heavy, out of balance, and the foam starts to break down taking away consistent performance. I use to have a wet set of tires just for bashing in water, I may need to do that again...
My wet sets consisted of no foams and I would seal the tire to the rim with rv sealant ( like rubber glue texture) so they were air filled. You just need to take your time setting the tire to the rim and sealing breather holes on rims and make sure to allow the full time, 48 hours, for the sealant to cure.
One of my buddies has a set of tires without foam that he uses.... He does not glue them down since he feels when bashing in water you are not going fast enough to pull the tire off the rim and all he does is pull off the tire and let it air dry till the next water session.
01-19-2011, 01:16 AM
Sure does Thanks . i am learning.
01-28-2011, 05:58 AM
I love my rock crushers from RC4WD.com awesome crawling tires.... 40 series of course lol
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