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Hobbystocker
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 41
posted May 18, 2005 07:25 AM  
So..for the people who are able to run tire softeners, are there any "home made" recipes out there that people use that actually work? We are allowed to use the stuff but it can get pretty costly if you use it like they recommend. I'm sure someone out there has a sure fire backwoods solution to this!

Peace,
Hobby

Raceman17
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 165
posted May 18, 2005 07:44 AM  
People areound here use kerosene. Start the soak on wednesday (get them good and wet) then take rags or cut up blankets soaked in kerosene and wrap around the tires. Then wrap them up with clear foil Until you load her up on the trailer. The only problem is that once you start soaking them you have to do it every week or the tires will start to get hard.
Later

Blind Barney
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 120
posted May 18, 2005 12:44 PM  
I read something about using rain-x once but don't know the details. I remember briefly reading it on another site.

Raceman17
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 165
posted May 18, 2005 04:17 PM  
That sure would get expensive all those little bottles.
:0)

quote:
Originally posted by Blind Barney:
I read something about using rain-x once but don't know the details. I remember briefly reading it on another site.


iowa_dirt_track_girl
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 461
posted May 18, 2005 06:45 PM  
granted tyhat kerosene is about the same as diesel but diesel works good also

avila
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 217
posted May 19, 2005 09:20 AM  
one part deisel fuel to one part paint thinner. don't over soak them, which is a common mistake. i use a 4 inch paint roller
to apply the mixture to the tire. roll on the mixture like you are painting a wall. after it dries, add a second coat.

bubba0six
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 146
posted May 19, 2005 07:29 PM  
do you heat the tires before you apply the potion

sc1 racing
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 419
posted May 19, 2005 10:19 PM  
avilla is dead on we mis tolin?? and deisel

not sure how to spell it but is pronounce 2 lane...LOL

Speedway65
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 344
posted May 20, 2005 08:45 AM  
Its called TOULENE pronounced toe lean.

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eborcim
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 303
posted May 20, 2005 10:09 AM  
toluene

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Speedway65
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 344
posted May 20, 2005 10:39 AM  
Thanks i stand corrected but at least i was closer!!

bubba0six
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 146
posted May 20, 2005 02:02 PM  
what about the heat?

97dirt
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 94
posted May 20, 2005 07:18 PM  
Try this,1qt toluene,1qt acetone,half qt mineral sprits,2 days before race day

Racer X
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 256
posted May 20, 2005 09:05 PM  
Careful with the toluene I hear that is some bad stuff.

ukandesperate
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 45
posted May 21, 2005 02:10 PM  
where can you buy this toluene???
ive heard its good to mix in fuel too or is that a myth?

97dirt
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 94
posted May 21, 2005 07:00 PM  
Ace is the place, actually any hardware store normally has it

97dirt
Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 94
posted May 22, 2005 04:47 PM  
Also before you soak them,get a 36 grit grinding disc,have someone spin the tire for ya an use the grinder to rough up the tire

Mikey14
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 265
posted May 23, 2005 09:09 AM  
Used these when we kart raced. found on a website specific to kart racing. Havent tried on a car.

I've also used WD40 as a tire prep at the track. I did find it doesnt dry the tire out as bad. Used the gallon can of WD40 in a spray bottle. doesnt soften that much but does help bite last longer on a kart.

Here's the ones kart racers use often I found on 4cycle.com and other kart sites.


1. 1/3 acetone, 1/3 mineral spirits, 1/3 transmission fluid - This prep is for at the track application. I Have found that is takes about 15 - 30 minutes soak time depending on the weather and works pretty good.

2. 1/3 mineral spirits, 2/3 diesel fuel - This prep is very slow soak stuff.

3. 1/3 transmission fluid, 1/3 diesel fuel, 1/3 mineral spirits - I have not used this one.

4. 8 ounces TIRE CLAW, 1 quart diesel fuel, and the balance of a gallon Xylene - fast tire prep. Person who gave me this claims it will soften a 70 (durometer) to a 0 in about 20 minutes!

5. 50% Xylene - 50% Toluene - This is for at the track application where quick softening is needed. I have to say so far this is my favorite. I requires less than 10 minutes soak time and really works.

eborcim
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 303
posted May 23, 2005 10:39 AM  
Do the tires wear much more when treated?

Mikey14
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 265
posted May 23, 2005 12:43 PM  
yes, softened tires usually wear more.

    

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