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GKF
09-24-2010, 04:51 PM
guys this may seem like a stupid question but i see vids of alot of crawlers and is there a secret to get the tires to wrinkle like a full size rig?
i think it looks so cool

ForkliftJeff
09-24-2010, 04:59 PM
I'm running stock foams with a star cut pattern in my tires on both my crawler and scaler. They both get that wrinkled look. I agree, very cool.

Here's how I do it. http://crawlcanada.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7569&highlight=star

jeenyus
09-24-2010, 06:29 PM
you can soften them up a bit with wd-40

lance banner
09-24-2010, 06:43 PM
you can soften them up a bit with wd-40

cool were do u spray it, inside or outside of the tire, or the foam!!!

Heinz57
09-24-2010, 07:19 PM
narrowing and profiling the foam works great too.:biggthumpup:

Vertigo
09-24-2010, 09:10 PM
Simple... Heavy truck and lots of horsepower!!!

jeenyus
09-24-2010, 09:14 PM
cool were do u spray it, inside or outside of the tire, or the foam!!!


The way ive done it, it should be mounted with the foam in to keep the shape.

some times if its just the tire it can deform but with it mounted that doesnt happen.

Just spray it liberally, put inside a ziploc bag then do it agin about an hour or so later and leave them overnight in the ziploc.

the next day be sure to squish the tire in the sink to get the excess wd off wipe with a rag, then wash with soap and water and dry again

after there all washed the will be really soft and usually pretty grippy!

P.S. Weighting your wheels and truck would help aswell but dont go too heavy

Hillbillycrawler
09-25-2010, 07:49 AM
go to Home depot and buy a roofing vent pipe flange thats made of lead and cut it in a long enough and wide enough strip to go aroung your wheel once.This will give a perfict wieght to get a good wrinkle and preform much better.

madhatter
09-25-2010, 08:42 AM
Depending on what tire your running, you could try a smaller foam. I run 1.9 foams in my 2.2 swamp dawgs.:biggthumpup:
http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p21/demonictoys/shorty/IMG_0878.jpg

GKF
09-25-2010, 09:40 AM
I'm running stock foams with a star cut pattern in my tires on both my crawler and scaler. They both get that wrinkled look. I agree, very cool.

Here's how I do it. http://crawlcanada.com/forum/showthread.php?t=7569&highlight=star

awesome how to . thank you very much, now on to pull the wheels and break out the blade.
can't wait to try this.
great advice guys ,thanks again

GKF
09-25-2010, 09:44 AM
Depending on what tire your running, you could try a smaller foam. I run 1.9 foams in my 2.2 swamp dawgs.:biggthumpup:
http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p21/demonictoys/shorty/IMG_0878.jpg

man i love seeing pics of other crawlers very nice toyota body and scale looking even at a stop still point.

GKF
09-26-2010, 05:16 PM
guys last night i tried to cut the foam and it went without any trouble till i got the tires back on the beadlocks.
it seems that the rubber is too hard for my taste because all they do is make a flat spot on the bottom and it stays in the profile.
so is there softer tires i can use? i looked at proline and see listed m2 & m3 what sould i look for?
thanks

Hillbillycrawler
09-26-2010, 06:42 PM
I have a set of 1.9 rok lox that are mounted on Proline Titus beadlocks and they have that scale aired down look you want.You can see them on my brute (JK Hillbilly style)Tires are very soft.G8 is the compound that you want in proline.

GKF
09-27-2010, 10:52 AM
I have a set of 1.9 rok lox that are mounted on Proline Titus beadlocks and they have that scale aired down look you want.You can see them on my brute (JK Hillbilly style)Tires are very soft.G8 is the compound that you want in proline.

thanks
i just ordered a set of 4 proline chisel tires in g8 c/w memory foam in 2.2.
interesting to see how they behave when they arrive. i''ll keep you posted here

GKF
09-28-2010, 07:18 AM
awesome looking crawler by the way, what brand are the panthers?
i hope that i made the right choice with the proline in g8 ultra soft, cost me like $80 bucks for 4.
that pic you posted also makes me rethink the diablo crawler i have.
i love the look of the tube chassis .
thanks all of of you for the advice


i was just on a site for rock crawler mods and stated there that a 1/8 hole should be drilled to let air out of the tire.
which leeds me to this now .
what is the correct idea, leave air in the tire or drill to let it out?

GKF
09-28-2010, 01:17 PM
If you plan on running in water/wet I'd leave my wheels sealed up. The foams never really dry out unless you take your full wheel apart.

Panther is the brand of the tires. Cougars are the style. Your choice was great, I think you will be happy. I have always loved tubers as well. This one is gone from me now, but still in the lowermainland so the chance of getting it back is still there! haha

thanks
i don't plan on any wet usage only dry conditions. my only goal is to have the most realistic and functional tires so that being said should i drill the rim or the tire?

Snow Trooper
09-28-2010, 03:22 PM
thanks
i don't plan on any wet usage only dry conditions. my only goal is to have the most realistic and functional tires so that being said should i drill the rim or the tire?

drill the rim, on the back/inside between where the beadlock bolts go. hope that makes sense lol

GKF
09-29-2010, 08:20 AM
drill the rim, on the back/inside between where the beadlock bolts go. hope that makes sense lol

thanks very much
do you mean when the bead lock is mounted drill through the bead lock and rim?
i was thinking on drilling a 1/8 hole in the center of the rim under the foam.
i know a picture would help . how are pics posted here ? photobucket?

KPSquared
11-27-2010, 07:55 AM
Drill on the inside of the rim, as close to the inside edge as possible. That way if you do put wheel weights on, you won't end up covering up the hole you drilled. Drill 2 holes, 180* from each other.


Here's a couple pics of what I mean... I stole these from the Axial Website... so I don't have permission to use them. For reference only.


http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b9/AlbertaBoy/RC%20Crawler/rtc-002.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b9/AlbertaBoy/RC%20Crawler/rtc-007.jpg

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b9/AlbertaBoy/RC%20Crawler/rtc-069.jpg

Tanqueray
11-28-2010, 10:45 AM
Or even simpler just wind weldind wire around the rim a couple times till desired weight

But ya, the heavier the rig the flatter the tire

Go too heavy and everything works harder, especially steering servo