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Pit Bull
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 65
posted December 14, 2001 11:01 AM
I posted this a few months ago, and somebody said WD 4D would work good as a home made tire softener. Does anyone else have any other ideas? What is the best way to apply it to the tires? Any help would greatly be appreciated.

KPLugnut
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 408
posted December 14, 2001 12:25 PM
Wd40 will do nothing to actually soften the tire's compound.
Try 1qt Transmission fluid, 1qt diesel fuel, mixed together, or Acetone mixed with that as well. Be carefull, tho as this will eat the tire away.
I have an affordable alternative to all that, too.
I sell a tire treatment that improves the tire's traction and grip WITHOUT altering the tire's durometer reading greatly.
$14 per quart plus shipping, and 1 quart will treat at least 4 tires, and as many as 6 tires.
Email, PM or reply here for ordering info.

KPLugnut
Kinetic Performance

Pit Bull
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 65
posted December 14, 2001 04:14 PM
How much acetone should I mix in with the diesel and ATF? Do I just apply it with a paint brush?

jammin
Dirt Administrator

Total posts: 5556
posted December 14, 2001 04:20 PM UIN: 16262997
If you use the stuff that Dayton is talking about....just make sure you put it on the Right side tires...dont make the same mistake I did.

jammin

hughes
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 141
posted December 14, 2001 06:00 PM
doesn't petroleum products dry rubber out? What problem did u run into jammin? I believe that mixture that lugnut is talkin about is 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 or a gallon of each

cage86j
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 85
posted December 15, 2001 04:46 PM
believe it or not lemon pledge works to soften tires

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1565
posted December 15, 2001 09:01 PM UIN: 54865418
i hate to burst your bubble there kp but we and 95 %of the guys at the ikf nats use wd on there tires the other that we used was 1/2 laquer thinner 1/2 diesel

Pit Bull
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 65
posted December 16, 2001 07:18 PM
Why did you just put it on the right side only? Why cant you treat the left hand side tires?

jammin
Dirt Administrator

Total posts: 5556
posted December 16, 2001 07:48 PM UIN: 16262997
When the stuff gets hot, it gets sticky as can be....will make your car push like a freight train.

jammin

sideways
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 273
posted December 16, 2001 08:26 PM
My favorite tire softener 50%toluene 50%xylene.That is spelled wrong Im sure.But that is what I use on karts for a "fifteen minute"soak.No scrubbing off the tranny fluid before a start.

dreamcatcher
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 128
posted December 16, 2001 09:16 PM UIN: 14464409
when do you put this stuff on , all week before the races or the day of the races. do you soak the tire and leave it or put just enough to get it moist. thanks

Mack
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 16
posted December 16, 2001 09:57 PM
We have had good luck using Dawn liquid dish soap. Just apply it to the tire on the day of the race. Squirt it on the tire and rub it over the tread. It also doesnt dry the tire out like some other solutions.

KPLugnut
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 408
posted December 17, 2001 07:34 AM
Racer17j,
I don't disagree with ya that TONS of racers in the karting world use WD40 on their tires. But they are doing it to make the tire grip better, merely by opening the pores of the rubber and not so much by softening the compound a great deal like the other "recipes" will do.
Toluene/xylene mix, Acetone, tranny fluid, and diesel fuel, ALL will eat away and literally dissolve rubber to varying degrees.
They work very well if applied correctly and used sparingly. WD40, however, does NOT eat away at the tire.
That's all I was saying.

No harm done, tho. Have a good one!
KPLugnut.

racer17j
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 1565
posted December 17, 2001 12:39 PM UIN: 54865418
ok kp thanks for the info

sideways
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 273
posted December 17, 2001 08:28 PM
When useing my 50/50 mix.I use it at intermission after I clean the tires with water.I also use acetone for cleaning the tire of the hard rubber skin forms on top (kart tires).In my durometer test acetone does not change the rubber hardness it just rejuvenate the tire to original softness. my 2cents

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