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justin
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 167
posted September 11, 2002 03:55 PM
I was pitted next to a modified driver this past weekend both Friday and Saturday night. And both nights before he went out on the track he would run a belt-sander over his tires. He ended up winning the feature both nights ($1000 a night). I've also seen some late model guys using grinders on there tires before they race. The track we run ends up pretty slick by the feature race and I was just wondering if it would be worth it to try this on a street stock using asphalt pull-offs to try and get more grip on the track. Any comments or info on this would be appreciated.

Justin

outlawstock17
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 620
posted September 11, 2002 08:58 PM
sometimes tires will glaze over after they've been run. the guy that you spoke of was removing the glaze from the surface of the tires. it makes used tires work better longer.

it would be worth trying on an asphalt take off too. they will also glaze over. siping the tires will give you an advantage as well. it gives the tire more "biting edges" thus providing more grip and disipating heat quicker, important on a dry slick. try soaking your asphalt take offs in diesel fuel or mineral spirits a couple of days before you race. it will soften them up tremendously.

another thing i've seen done is to use a bondo buster with a 36 grit pad and thin the sidewall. i was always afraid to do it, but the guy that was doing it won the factory stock championship that year. it makes the sidewall of an asphalt takeoff more flexible so it acts more like a dirt tire.

we run our asphalt takeoffs tubeless with a bottle of slime in them.

i should charge you for this information. LOL!

justin
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 167
posted September 11, 2002 10:05 PM
Sorry I'm about broke Thanks for the info though.

Justin

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