|12-05-2010, 02:32 PM||#109|
Join Date: May 2007
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Tires, Tires, Tires!!!
Alright so after some testing, here are my thoughts on tires for 8th scale: (hopefully Jay, Johnnie and Steve M will post their thoughts as well for 1/8th tire selection)
I tried 4 different tires:
1. Bar Codes (Gold compound with proline evo insert)
Cons: way too much grip, would traction roll everywhere, defiantely not a good choice
2. I beams (hard compound with aka med insert, and all pins cut off)
Pros: very consistent, did not traction roll with my current setup, good forward bite but not too much to induce wheelies everywhere
Cons: a little loose for the setup I had on my car but obviously that will need to be adjusted, could potentially traction roll
3. Losi DLM2 Oval Premounts (this is what you see on my car in the video & pic)
Pros: Will never traction roll, car slides a lot so it will be similar to driving on loose dirt, they come premounted with spec insert, could be a spec tire, may teach better car control
Cons: significantly less overall grip, slowest tire of those selected, few will likely have these so most will need to buy new tires
4. Panther Switch (clay compound with standard proline blue moulded insert)
Pros: Did not traction roll, plenty of forward bite, similar to any really small pin tire
Cons: essentially felt like onroad, don't know if I have hard enough springs for 1/8th to deal with this much traction
Conclusions about the tires:
Depends on what the Motor City Raceway crew wants to allow. Super small pin tires (like the panther), or cut down big pin tires will without a doubt be the fastest tire choice, with the most overall grip, but will consequently allow for potential traction rolls. That being said, fewer people will need to go out and buy a new set of tires because lets face it: we all have that 1 set we bought by mistake! The Losi DLM2 spec tire as I said will definately be the slowest, and provide the least overall grip, but it felt more like racing on dirt in my opinion and we will have to find grip, rather than have to find ways to get rid of it.
All in all I was blown away by the size of the track, and how well the Motor City Raceway crew have gotten things sorted out even on just the first test day! Looking forward to the 18th!
|12-05-2010, 02:46 PM||#110|
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I am: Jay C
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Guelph/Flamborough Ontario
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Good info, do you think a super worn city block or caliber would work. I know a lot of people have these.
You can also play with side and forward bite depending on your insert choice. So maybe a harder insert to take away side bite.
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