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Author Topic:   Homemade tire softner
JDF Motorsports
posted February 24, 2003 11:40 PM
mineral spirits or diesel fuel.

RC Racing
posted February 25, 2003 10:27 AM
How's it applied? Mixed with what? What's the method for application? When's the best time to use it (dry slick I'm assuming)?

Nothing but questions here...


posted February 25, 2003 12:01 PM
spray it on the outside of the tire or rotate the tire in a trashcan lid full of solvent. keep rotating or spraying until they soften up to your liking. a softer tire will work better on most dirt track conditions, but the tires will wear out quicker.

posted February 25, 2003 02:23 PM
If you can find these two criosoat(sp.) and xylol. Criosoat is what they soak railroad ties in and Xylol you can get at Lowes or Home Depot.

posted February 25, 2003 03:12 PM
mineral spirits works the best. ive tested everything
track claw etc.

cut a blanket in strips wide as the tread long enough to go around the tire.

wrap the tire, pour mineral spirits over it till its soaked everywhere.

put the wrapped soaked tire in a 55 gallon drum bag, avail at walmart.

let it sit over night and check the durometer, usually 10 pts softer per day. they will harden back up about 10 pts after setting a day or 2.

its easy to go too soft, so do some testing.

i used it regularly on some very hard 75 new tires that got 2 pts harder per cycle, i was able to re use them for a long time, everyone else bought new tires every week, they were faster new first time out for time trials, but mine got soft and sticky after a few laps and were very cosistent.

when you first pull them out of the bag you can take rubber off with your finger tip, dont be worried they will not stay that soft.

i first started by testing a piece of tire i cut up and put in a ziploc bag, till i knew how long i wanted to soak them.


posted February 25, 2003 03:12 PM
oh yeah if its illegal dont do it, if you have a enclosed trailer it will wreak, and so do the tires.

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