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#1 Garry S

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 12:13 AM

We use fish tires only (no glue) on my home Gerding track, and traction can be an issue. I've found a solution that works very well: Blue Juice Trumpet Valve Oil!  Just spread a little on the tires, rub it in, and in less than a lap you've got solid grip that lasts 200+ laps. It doesn't leave any noticeable residue, it appears to just soften the tires and the rubber already on the track. Lap times went from 4.2 down to 3.7, much better handling and no tendency to "trip." Not sure what it will do to tire wear, but it sure makes for nice handling!

 

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 12:42 AM

Keep us posted if it affects the slickness of your track in anyway long term and also if your tires develop a slick feel after a while that cannot be remedied by using lighter fluid.


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Posted 11 April 2017 - 02:39 AM

Holton Valve Oil in disguise? Oil of wintergreen?


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Posted 11 April 2017 - 06:05 AM

:)  When I was a kid, I played trumpet... well I played it as an adult also, but I used valve oil all the time! It's a very highly refined oil with very little impurities that cleaned and softened the tires beautifully. I don't know how tire rubber has changed since the 1960s, so things are probably different now, but I got a nice reminder of days gone by seeing this posted.

 

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 07:15 AM

Keep us posted if it affects the slickness of your track in anyway long term and also if your tires develop a slick feel after a while that cannot be remedied by using lighter fluid.

 

Interesting.  

 

I use Trinity Tire Tweak and I get the slick feel if I don't use the tires for a couple of weeks. So far I've been able to bring them back though by cleaning and then using more Tweak.


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Posted 21 April 2017 - 09:55 PM

500+ laps in all lanes, no problems at all. I was concerned the oil might take up the existing layer of rubber, but so far all looks fine.

Lap times have improved even more, 3.5-3.6 on flexis, 2.6 on X12 powered wings.
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Posted 22 April 2017 - 06:16 AM

I tried some at our Tuesday night get together at our home track and was really impressed.  One of the guys liked it so well he went ahead and bought a bottle for each of our racers the next day!  Hopefully we'll be able to go full no-glue.....

 

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BTW, Amazon has this stuff (about $4.50 a bottle).


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#8 Garry S

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 09:40 PM

Found an even better solution, check here!


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Posted 02 May 2017 - 10:39 PM

Wasn't the valve oil used in those little tanks for the "wet wick" comm cleaning on padlock/open cage motors?





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