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    Spiked tires

    I've only had the dirt track for 2 years now but have made snow/ice tracks for 8.
    The set of spikes below is 8 yrs old and still going strong.
    The tires were from a New Bright Bigfoot and fit the 2.2 TRX rims pretty close.



    I had to special order the 3/8 length wood screws that I wanted...
    I went with 1 screw per lug, 36 total, offsetting them every second lug.
    This means 4 rows of spinning spikes. These things are AWESOME.
    Some of the runs on the new 200' snoval track were unbelievable.



    All year I've had my eyes open to get some more New Bright tires to make another set.
    I run 2 trucks most times, and they also make great fronts used with the paddle rears.
    The RC Gods smiled and sent me a set, and the Reaper shell to play with too!

    The truck had different tires front and rear which was weird...
    These tires were the rears, with the extra rubber spikes worn a bit.
    They are a little taller than the others and just a bit narrower too.
    The lugs are a bit wider and more angular and meet at a web in the middle.
    The rubber is pretty hard and would be difficult to get screws in close to the sidewall.
    For those reasons I decided to make these the fronts, with 1 screw in the center of each lug.
    This makes 2 rows of spinning spikes, 36 total.



    These were the front tires. They will be rears now.
    The lugs are narrower, very close to 90 degrees and overlap in the middle.
    The rubber is softer, giving the needed flex to get screws in close to the sidewall.
    I decided to go hard core, doubling up for this set, so 72 spikes total, 2 per lug.
    The overlapping lugs allowed enough room to offset the spikes, making 8 spinning rows of spikes



    I'm just waiting on rims to mount these bad boys up.

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    Wow! Those look good. A while ago my brother took some rims he has lying around and stuck screws through them for "ice wheels". Unfortunately, I don't have them anymore. I'll try to find his thread, so you can see.
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    These tires sure look mean. But I'm sicky of seeing snow I think and ready for summer, lol.

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    Yeah, me too. I wanna go trailing, but I can't. Also I couldn't find that thread, maybe there never was one. Anyway, they looked pretty mean!
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    I debated spiking a set of tires but worried about ballooning making them tear too easy. So I made snow chains and hoped they might limit ballooning.


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    Quote Originally Posted by zedorda View Post
    I debated spiking a set of tires but worried about ballooning making them tear too easy. So I made snow chains and hoped they might limit ballooning.

    The tires I originally used are a harder, plasticky rubber and are quite stiff.
    They don't balloon much at all, especially in the cold.

    The new front pair are quite stiff too. I don't think they will balloon if used as rears.
    The new rears are a little more rubbery and I guess we'll see if they balloon.

    I've made chains before. They look cool and were fun to make.
    They work good in the snow and not so much on ice.
    Also they add quite a bit of rotating mass to the tires.
    Pretty sure they were over 100 grams a wheel. Was hard on the gear...

    I find the New Bright Monster Mudder type tires to be just as good in the snow.
    They have no foam and are lightweight, even with the spikes.
    The fronts are 86 grams without spikes and 104 grams with.
    The rears are 76 grams without spikes and 112 grams with.
    The spikes are only half a gram, so even 72 spikes only adds 36 grams.

    On ice or hard packed snow, spikes have no equal...
    Last edited by fortunespoonz; 03-21-2019 at 03:25 PM.

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    On ice or hard packed snow, spikes have no equal...
    Are you sure? I think some drag slicks would be better... Yeah, I agree with you. For soft powdery snow though, some paddles would do the trick.
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    Once the snow is deeper than the spikes and lugs I go to the paddles.

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    I don't have spikes, but I have these;


    They work pretty good, but now I don't have any snow to run them in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sp2deSummit View Post
    I don't have spikes, but I have these;
    They work pretty good, but now I don't have any snow to run them in.
    Those are cool. Are they printed?

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    Yeah, I found the file on thingiverse. I tweaked the file so they have less offset, now they fit better and don't rub the chassis at all. You can see the difference between front and back.
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    These were the first tires I was considering spiking.




    While going through a toot of old rims and tires looking for those I found a pair that might be a better candidate for spikes than any other tire I have.



    What I liked about the chains was they were removable easily and put on other tires. I used aluminum chain so they add very little weight really.
    Last edited by zedorda; 03-21-2019 at 08:02 PM.

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    Dirt Paws are hard to find now. Im super jeaalous. The other ones look good too!

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    It sucks I can only find the 1 pair wish I had another.

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    those spiked tires are BOSS. Zedorda, those paddles are also saweeet.
    MTFBWY

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    Quote Originally Posted by fortunespoonz View Post
    Dirt Paws are hard to find now. Im super jeaalous. The other ones look good too!
    I been reading people using tire glue on the spikes before screwing them in. Did you use any glue to hold them in or stop water infiltration? Or do I remember you saying you aren't using foams?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Synnergy View Post
    those spiked tires are BOSS. Zedorda, those paddles are also saweeet.
    Thank you they work nice in mud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zedorda View Post
    I been reading people using tire glue on the spikes before screwing them in. Did you use any glue to hold them in or stop water infiltration? Or do I remember you saying you aren't using foams?
    I don't think I glued the screws. I drilled really small holes so the screws are pretty tight.
    I just took the old rears off the rims and found signs of moisture getting in but minor.
    I use no foam and drain holes, so whatever gets in there evaporates fairly quickly.
    Unlike my PL 2.8 paddles which are still holding lots of water after months.

    I doubled the screws on the old rears and will be remounting on new TRX rims.

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