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  • RC4wd 2.2 Rock Crushers...First Look

    Well, I recieved my set on Friday. They look awesome. These are the soft compound and all I can say is they nailed the compound. These are the softest tires I have seen. Remember that these were design for scale look before comps. With that in mind...

    I was heading to a comp this weekend so I threw them on my 2.2 Clod. They are mounted on a set of Visionary Fab "Stalkers" that are Zero offset and 1" width.



    First off, I checked the foams...I felt that they may be perfect for the clod weight and figured I will run them whole. Next, I just hated to drill holes in the wheels so I opted not to.

    They mounted perfectly. The bead has a nice deep groove and excess to seat in the wheel. They are not moving. With the deep groove it gives a nice "recessed" finish to the wheel/tire combo.





    Height was perfect for my 2.2 Clod. I have been struggling to get a tire for this rig.



    One thing I did notice with these is they flex real well. Only thing is when the compress they create a "flat" surface. This may cause "spinning" instead of grabbing.






    Off to the comp.

    First mistake was taking the rig out of the bag and placing it on the pit table. It was like bees to honey..."are those the...no it can't be", "do you want to sell them?", "by the end of the day they will be mine".




    It's Rusty's turn (My 2.2 Clod)...Mind you that this is a Trials Course...I will be testing on rocks this week.

    I was off to a perfect run until I came to an inclined piece 4x4 of PVC. This was where I ran into a problem. There was no way I was getting over it. At first I thought it was my approach but the problem was that there were no "edges" to grab hold of the obstacle. It may have done better with air hole in them...and I will try that.

    I have to say overall these tires are a step above the "scale" tires out there. For me to get as far as I did going up steep inclines, crossing tube bridges, etc., they far exceeded my expectations.





    The key now will be to test them on rocks and then add air holes and see the differences.

    These tires are recognizable just by the looks. These IMO are the best looking scale tires out there. I original bought them for a project that I am working on that is not done...they will be ending up there.

    I will keep you posted...
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    Re: RC4wd 2.2 Rock Crushers...First Look

    I was able to get out a little to test them in the elements.

    First I ran them how they were set up for yesterdays comp...air tight. They seem to like that as long as you don't mind the bouncing. They compressed nice when approaching a rock and seem to grip.





    Next test was to get rid of the air. I cut a small notch in the inside sidewall of each wheel. This made a huge difference in flex.



    Crawling on this pile was about the same accept when it came to needing edges to "grab" onto. The latter format worked better.

    Now came the mud and wet. They lost all traction at that time. It seemed that as soon as they got wet they became slicks. This is no surprise due to the huge flat surface that these tires have. Add mud to the equation and you weren't climbing the easiest of rocks.


    It comes down to my first post...these are Scaler tires. They are the best looking tires I have seen. They will perform in "ideal" conditions but as soon as it gets just a little questionable they will not work.



    This is the same as 1:1 tires...you cannot have it all...that is why there are so many options.

    Now the question becomes, would I buy a set...definitely...for a scaler. Would I depend on them for winning a comp...probably not. I will wait for the Crazy Crawlers to make that call.
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      Re: RC4wd 2.2 Rock Crushers...First Look

      Alright now...I threw them on the SW3 for a test...what a difference. There is something to say about matching your rig with your tires. They acted completely different.

      I'm running 3 oz in the front wheels and nothing in the back.

      On the SW3 I also have an extra 2 oz on each axle side plus an 8 cell 2/3A pack on the front upper links.




      First test was to run the same lines as the 2.2 Clod. What a difference. The key to running these tires is to go slow...let the tires work. Once you spinning, you are done. The tires, with the extra weight, will conform better to the terrain. Now remember, these are not a comp tire the way they are...I like the idea of scoring them...it would make a huge difference to the large surfaces of the lugs.









      Video to follow...
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        Re: RC4wd 2.2 Rock Crushers...First Look

        Nice...see what I told ya man. I thought a bit more weight would help those tires out.


        On the siping note, just wait and see is all I have to say...

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          Re: RC4wd 2.2 Rock Crushers...First Look

          Mmmm check out the pre-dirty tires that RC4WD sells through Dad's World of Hobbies!


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            Re: RC4wd 2.2 Rock Crushers...First Look

            You need to Armor-all them...
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