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  • Plafit tire help

    built a 1/32 car with a Plafit rtr chassis, however the rear rubber tires offer no traction on my Carrera track. Anyone know an aftermarket rear silicone or urethane tire model number, maker, model numbers, size? thanks

  • #2
    This one?



    I have never seen one of these. I would need to see what the rear wheels look like with the tires off. Are they double flange wheels or do they have a center ridge like most 1/32nd wheels? I would need to know the width and diameter of the tires. Possibly there are no existing tires that would fit your wheels and you would have to buy standard wheels. Is the rear axle 3/32nds?
    I presume that the car does not have traction magnets, without those you will probably have to reduce the track voltage, my club runs at 10 volts.
    Last edited by RichD; June 10, 2020, 07:03 PM.

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    • Brumos RSR
      Brumos RSR commented
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      Most 1/32 Plafit cars are equipped with 3mm axles like the one pictured. Some will have 3/32 axles and just in front of the motor resides a magnet. Thunderslot tires fit the factory wheel perfectly as I test fit a set earlier today. I would make an educated guess and say, Quick Slicks for the Thunderslot Elva should work TS04X or TS04. The rubber Thunderslot tire I fit on the wheel was 20.6mm when measured mounted.

  • #3
    My Thunderslot Lola MkIII has Quick Slicks TS43XF silicone tires, those fit perfectly. TS44s would get you a 20.40mm OD on the same wheel. You could buy 15X10 CB design insert wheels and ream out the axle holes. With standard wheels there is a greater choice of tires.

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    • 32lbking
      32lbking commented
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      Rich, I have never used a reamer. When reaming out the wheels do they always stay concentric?
      Also, where is a good place to purchase a reamer?
      Thanks,
      Randy

    • Kevan
      Kevan commented
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      Randy, no is the quick answer. If you want accuracy they need doing in a lathe as there's no way you can guarantee the same accuracy by hand. Alternatively grind the ends of the axles down as you've got more chance of doing that accurately.

  • #4
    Another Simple solution is make your own silicone's , just cover the current foam tires with clear pure silicone. I'm, sure there is a video somewhere.
    Last edited by Courtney s; June 12, 2020, 09:11 PM.

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    • #5
      The wheels on the left has the factory tire 19.4mm, center is NSR 19x10 measure 19.60 and the Thunderslot on the right equals 20.6mm. The center ribs measure 5.6mm so Paul Gage should also fit without an issue. Each tire pictured is square without humps on the end or cups in the middle. Also if you want to go 3/32 Plafit wheels, shoot me a PM
      Last edited by Brumos RSR; June 12, 2020, 10:54 PM.

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      • NJ Vintage Racer
        NJ Vintage Racer commented
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        which model number and brand urethane tire fits which model Thunderslot wheel with a 20.6mm od.? that would be a good size as the Plafit tires measure 20.55mm od.thanks

    • #6
      thanks I will measure and check back with you

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      • #7
        I find them very fast shipping here in Australia.
        rastas.

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        • #8
          I believe that the Plafit tires are solid rubber, not foam, a silicone coating would probably peel off easily.
          If I knew more about the Plafit wheels I could recommend other tires that would fit.
          McMaster-Carr sells reamers. As long as you were not enlarging the holes by a great deal a reamer would get you concentric wheels even if you were doing the job by hand. In this case you would be enlarging the hole by a considerable amount, so you would need to use a drill press or a lathe and that option would probably be out.
          RevoSlot wheels are the double flange type and they fit 3mm axles. There are silicone and urethane tires to fit RevoSlot wheels from a number of makers.
          It looks like the tires made for Thunderslot wheels would be your best bet.
          One last thing to consider is what sort of tires most of your cars have. If you normally run on rubber tires the track gets conditioned for those. If you wanted to clean the track you would be better off to use a method that does not remove that conditioning. It has been said that using silicone tires will remove the rubber from a track and degrade the performance of rubber tires. If your cars have traction magnets that would be less of a problem. Silicone tires like to run on a clean track, if the track is dusty the tires will get coated with dust and will loose most of their grip. If you normally run on rubber tires urethane tires would probably be a better choice.
          Last edited by RichD; June 17, 2020, 10:21 AM.

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          • #9
            the Plafit rear wheels measure 17x10mm. the packaging states for use on a 14x10mm wheel for the model numbers you guys stated above so I am confused as to how they will fit?
            Last edited by NJ Vintage Racer; June 16, 2020, 06:19 PM.

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            • Brumos RSR
              Brumos RSR commented
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              Take a look at the pic I posted. It shows the stock, tire a 19x10 NSR5202 and Thunderslot TYR004R 19x10.8 (this one will be taller as it is normal profile). Plus Paul Gage tires in the following sizes 19115, 20115. The PG tires can be sanded to the diameter yo want easily. NSR low profile,19x11 NSR5260, NSR5215, 20.5x11.5, NSR5230 20x11 tires will fit as well. And finally if you want a shorter tire, Slot It SIPT1172-N22 will also work with the Plafit wheel. All tires listed will fit square on the wheel without truing if you do not have access to a truer. I’ve fitted 5 of those listed in the past on Plafit wheels. Hope this helps

          • #10
            Originally posted by NJ Vintage Racer View Post
            the Plafit rear wheels measure 17x10mm. the packaging states for use on a 14x10mm wheel for the model numbers you guys stated above so I am confused as to how they will fit?
            The Thunderslot tires will fit, they will however be slightly taller, as seen in the photo. I’m not sure what size Quick Slicks will work if you want to run silicon.

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            • #11
              Maybe Quickslicks TS43 or TS44. Those are made for Thunderslot wheels and have a smaller than normal ID, making them a little more difficult to get on RevoSlot wheels, they are a good fit however. If the Plafit wheels are 17X10s it might be very difficult to get Quickslicks on those.

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              • #12
                the Thunderslot 20.6mm od would be the correct tire od size. I would like to buy after market urethanes. do you have a brand and model number for a urethane rear tire with a 20.6mm od that will fit the Plafit rear wheel? I see Paul Gage on Ebay but there are more than one tire for different Thunderslot cars so I cannot determine which one to order?

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                • #13

                  Take a look at the pic I posted. It shows the stock, tire a 19x10 NSR5202 and Thunderslot TYR004R 19x10.8 (this one will be taller as it is normal profile). Plus Paul Gage tires in the following sizes 19115, 20115. The PG tires can be sanded to the diameter you want easily. NSR low profile,19x11 NSR5260, NSR5215, 20.5x11.5, NSR5230 20x11 tires will fit as well. And finally if you want a shorter tire, Slot It SIPT1172-N22 will also work with the Plafit wheel. All tires listed will fit square on the wheel without truing if you do not have access to a truer. I’ve fitted 5 of those listed in the past on Plafit wheels. Hope this helps.
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                  Try 21115 from Paul Gage sand them down to 20.6mm
                  Last edited by Brumos RSR; June 21, 2020, 11:14 AM.

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