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Dirt Freak

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posted May 04, 2004 08:27 PM  
Looking for the best way to soften tires?
What to use and how to?

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posted May 04, 2004 08:57 PM           send a private message to racerwilson   Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/QuoteBBBBBB
Haven't tried it, but there's some stuff called "Hot Lap". Just be shure it's legal at your track, or they have no way of checking for it. Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain on Speed channel talked about Irwindale Speedway using a dog trained to sniff the stuff out! Check the Speedway catalog or your local performance shop for it.

Dirt Freak

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posted May 05, 2004 11:06 AM  
Someome has to have a home brew that works. Anyone have any ideas or have heard of any to soften tires please let me know. Checked out the HotLap cost $150.0 a gal. Way to much for me.

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posted May 05, 2004 11:16 AM  
Homebrew.......ok how about mixing a little tolulene and xylene. They are the primary ingredients found in tire softeners. They are also both available at your local Home Depot for cheap!

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posted May 05, 2004 11:20 AM  
I wouldn't know, but heard mineral spirits helped to soften the tires

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posted May 05, 2004 11:47 AM  
We sell a product made by Cramac Racing Products that does not "eat" the tire away like others do.
It's called MaxTraxion and is a LOT less expensive than others.
Available in either quarts or gallons.

As with any treatment like this, we do NOT sell it to racers whose rules prohibit the use of tire treatments.

Let us know if you're interested.

I don't recommend "home brews" (tho, there are many recipes), mainly because most of those chemicals are health hazards and can cause cancer, let alone BIG fires if not handled properly.


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posted May 05, 2004 12:42 PM  
3 parts diesel fuel
1 part paint thinner/mineral spirits

Goto walmart and buy ACE bandages that are as wide as you can find. Soak the bandages in the solution so its fully saturated. Wrap the bandage completely around the tire, THEN use shrink wrap (bought at home depot) and wrap the tire and let it soak for 24hrs MAX.

Make sure and scrub the tires clean real good before applying.

Dirt Freak

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posted May 06, 2004 11:39 AM  
I agree with the "home brew" of tuolene/xylene. No one mentioned that you should consider putting some of the mixture inside the tire. Put about 6-8 ounces. This will help as the tire heats up. Also put it on the exterior. Like KPLugnut mentioned, this stuff is nasty- wear gloves and use in a ventilated area.

Dirt Full Roller

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posted May 06, 2004 11:52 AM  
Buy new 1's hehe

Dirt Roller

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posted May 06, 2004 10:00 PM  
do you mix tuolene and xylene 50/50? do you find it in the paint department?

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