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Author Topic:   Tire softener?
Pit Bull
Member
posted December 14, 2001 11:01 AM
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
Member
posted December 14, 2001 04:14 PM
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
Member
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
Member
posted December 15, 2001 04:46 PM
believe it or not lemon pledge works to soften tires


racer17j
Member
posted December 15, 2001 09:01 PM
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
Member
posted December 16, 2001 07:18 PM
When the stuff gets hot, it gets sticky as can be....will make your car push like a freight train.

jammin


sideways
Member
posted December 16, 2001 08:26 PM
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
Member
posted December 16, 2001 09:57 PM
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
Member
posted December 17, 2001 12:39 PM
ok kp thanks for the info


sideways
Member
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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