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#1 John C Martin

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Posted 16 October 2015 - 10:15 AM

Probably a lot of people are doing this already... but for people wanting to save money on the tire bill.

With the best tire pushing $20, you can buy a smaller hub tire and use it until it techs no more. Small hub tires have much smaller inner diameter. To expand the outside diameter, I'll soak it in  lacquer thinner for appoximately four hours. It'll slide right off the small hub. Let the doughnut dry overnight then remount it on the next larger hub you have. And do it again and again to larger hubs, retruing each time.

JK makes the little tools for easy remounting and Lowes sells Super 77 spray glue. I only coat the hub with a thin coat with a Popsicle stick; no need to do the doughnut and just stay away from the set screw as much as possible.

The JK and Kelly plastic hubs are my preference; they come in all the sizes, small all the way to big (.600") as well as Alpha drilled..all nice and light.

I've seen people at races putting up a collection bag for people to place they're old tires just to get the hubs. This can also be done for the rubber to remount on a larger hub.
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Posted 16 October 2015 - 10:20 AM

Just remounted some small hubs on full hubs this week. Love to recycle.
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Posted 16 October 2015 - 10:25 AM

Yep, when you get those Kelly small hubs working it's hard to pitch them away when they don't tech anymore, especially Wonders and Retros, not to mention the small hub silver label (specials).
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Posted 16 October 2015 - 11:01 AM

I'm the new guy, and I must say I have not found tires as good as Kelly tires. The pros know!
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Posted 16 October 2015 - 01:12 PM

Good tip and obviously the durometer will change a bit.
 
Tires are just like chassis, some work great at some tracks and leave you out to lunch at others. On my flexis I have always preferred Alphas.
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Posted 16 October 2015 - 01:46 PM

I also set my ISRA stuff up to use a different diameter tire. Tire gets used for one class, then cut down and all ready for the next. Same as we do in Retro; use for Can-Am them true and save for F1.
 
Racing Retro has really filled my tire box with scale rubber. It's been a couple years since I've bought anything for scale.
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Posted 16 October 2015 - 02:04 PM

Yep; been reworking old rims for awhile..

If you really want to shine; get yourself a can of 'Never Dull' and clean up the rims before start mounting the rubber (don't put the ND where your "GS" goes).
 
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Posted 16 October 2015 - 02:15 PM

When I find out where my "GS" is I'll ask where my "GS" goes LOL... it's different in AL know.

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Posted 16 October 2015 - 02:43 PM

Drop those old hubs in a small amout of CLR for about five minutes. They will look brand new again!
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Posted 16 October 2015 - 07:12 PM

I live in AL and I'm not sure if I have a GS???  G-String, G-Spot, Gold Spoon. I've got some Get Some. :dash2: :sarcastic_hand: :sarcastic_hand:
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Posted 16 October 2015 - 11:30 PM

Toluene will melt the rubber off in minutes also!
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Posted 17 October 2015 - 08:42 AM

Good tip and obviously the durometer will change a bit.


Right, Matt.

Quite often I'll use a bigger hub (harder, faster) for the outside in the bank, the smaller hub (softer, more grip) outside for the doughnut.

For an oval or tri-oval I try to put the harder tire on the outside for speed through the bank, and the tire wear doesn't change as much nor handling change as much throughout the race.





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