This article was originally published in RC Driver’s April 2015 issue.
Tips & tricks to change drift tires with TrackStar’s Remover
Drifting is an awesome part of RC, from customizing your ride to your taste or mastering some awesome driving maneuvers with these gliding and sliding machines. The hard plastic tires mounted to standard sedan style wheels is a big factor in why these cars are so easy to drift, but on the down side, the hard plastic spinning on top of the abrasive pavement takes a toll on the tire and wears it down. The good news is, the rim is often in great condition even after the tires wear away so there is the potential to swap out the old tires on your trick rims for new ones. There are a number of ways to swap drift tires, some including language we can’t repeat here, but we’re going to show you our way to swap drift tires.
TASK: Remove worn drift tires and install new tires on original rims
EASE OF TASK: (1-Easy to 10-Hard) – 3
TIME TO COMPLETE: 20 minutes (5 minutes per wheel)
PARTS NEEDED: New drift tires
TOOLS NEEDED: TrackStar Drift Tire Remover
ADDITIONAL ITEMS NEEDED: Heat gun or bowl of hot water
PREP: There are a variety of drift tires on the market and some may have their own quirks when it comes to installing them like a small groove for the rim lip that you may have to contend with. So before you just try to pop some tires off, take your time and be careful, you don’t want to wreck the rims you are trying to reuse.
STEP 1: This, of course, is where you pull the wheel off the car. Duh. Use the kit box wrench, fancy 7mm nut driver, a pair of vice grips to hack the wheel nut off. Whatever—remove it. Then inspect the rim, make sure there are no cracks. No sense in tearing tires off and installing them only to have your wheel break later.
STEP 2: With the wheels off, you’ll want to work on them one at a time. We’re going to use Trackstar’s Drift Tire Remover to rip the tires off the rim, but before we do that, here are a few tips that may help speed up the process with less damage.
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Drifting is a fun and skill challenging segment in RC. Don’t let worn tires kill your drift experience. Swapping tires while keeping your old rims is simple. Take your time, follow our steps and you’ll find it easy to swap tires. Just be aware there are several types of tires available, so make sure the rims you have will work with whatever replacement tires you buy.
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