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How To Store Your RC Tires

Article by Hunter Wick

People that are new to the RC hobby may not realize how big of deal it is to store your tires correctly, especially if you are planning on decent performance from them. This article will show you a couple different ways to store your tires correctly as to not damage them and preserve them for as long as possible.

So, why even worry about how your tires are stored? For one, improperly storing them can result in flat spots being permanently left in the tires and foams inside them. These flat spots may never come out and can cause your tires to become severely unbalanced, resulting in terrible performance. Secondly, choosing to store your tires incorrectly can result in the tires drying out. Much like how full size car tires will dry out in the sun and eventually crack and ruin, RC tires will do the same thing, and nobody wants cracked and dried out tires. Having tires in this condition can result in poor traction as the stickiness of the tread compound is lost due to the lack of moisture, but also can lead to cracked tires which can cause the car to handle poorly and can result in complete failure of the tires. To be short about it, storing your tires incorrectly can cause all these bad things to happen, ultimately resulting in having to purchase new tires- and trust me, tires can get expensive.

Now that you know why you should be more careful about how you store your expensive set of RC tires, let's discuss how to go about storing them as to prevent these bad things from happening. The first thing that needs to be prevented is flat spots in the tires. In my experience, the best way to do this is to store the tires laying flat on their sidewalls. Most of the time, this will prevent the foams from becoming damaged and should leave you with a properly stored tire. The only negative to storing this way is that it is not at all space efficient. Many hobbyists, especially racers, have several sets of tires for one car. Compound that by having multiple vehicles, and that's a whole lot of tires to be lying down side by side. For this reason, I would only use this technique when storing just a set or two. The second way to prevent the crushing of the foams is to store the tires on their sidewalls like with the previous technique, but to stack them on top of each other. This way is much more space efficient, but can cause the bottom of most tires to become misshapen due to the weight of the tires above. I would only use this technique for short periods of time and only if it is the only way. The second hazard that needs to be prevented to keep your tires in the best condition is to not let them dry out. As you can imagine, this is a pretty simple process. My favorite way to do this is to keep as many tires as will fit in an air-tight bag such as a Ziploc bag. This will keep all the moisture in the tires as it cannot escape through the plastic.

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The best idea is to couple these methods together, preventing the drying out of the rubber and also the deformation of the foams. Hopefully now when you get your next set of tires you will know how to store them correctly.

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