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Old 01-20-2019, 05:18 PM
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I have a Sloter Lola 280 that I raced without a traction magnet. The front tires are as hard as a rock, so the car is very very noisy. Anyone know of a soft rubber replacement front tire? Slot-it maybe? part number? thanks
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Old 01-20-2019, 06:18 PM
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I dunno, hard front tires seem to be way better than soft ones if a car is set up properly; lots of folks (including me) deliberately glue/true them and then coat them with clear nail polish to achieve this.

I'm not sure of the specs for those front tires, but check out Slot.it Zero Grips as an option maybe.
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Old 01-20-2019, 09:03 PM
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I know about coating front tires, but these are like hard plastic and when I run this car is is extremely annoying due to the noise the tires make. so soft rubber is needed.
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Old 01-21-2019, 06:57 AM
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I'm heading over to my Dist. this morning. They used to dist. Sloter. I'll see if they have any replacements that aren't so hard. You could also use Super Tires zero grips probably.

Bruce
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Old 01-21-2019, 08:26 AM
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As has been noted -

Hard front tires...good.
Soft front tires...bad.

Get used to the noise..!
Raise the front tires off the track surface a little.

Mike
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Old 01-21-2019, 10:09 AM
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For non-magnet running the front tires should be on the track and supporting the weight of the car. Yes, hard front tires with no grip at all work best, but the noise might drive you crazy. There is not much available in the way of aftermarket front tires. Super Tires sells "Z" extra hard urethane front tires in several ODs to fit standard wheels. The tires have minimal grip, but are quiet.
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Old 01-21-2019, 10:53 AM
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Pack of 4 front tires from Sloter, still soft $9.99pk.

Bruce
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Old 01-21-2019, 02:30 PM
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yes guys, I do know about hard front tires and not having any grip on the track, as being best for racing. However, these rock hard front tires sound like you are dragging a nail on the track when racing this car- it is maddening! NOT the typical sound of, for example, applying nail polish to foam rubber front tires. This is completely different, and has been this way since the car was new, only now the tires won't even pull off the rims, they are so hard! Maybe i'll just go with a new Slot-it front end.

Next time I go to NJ Nostalgia hobby, i'll bring my car and try out Slot-it zero grips to match the size.
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Old 01-22-2019, 08:05 AM
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Slot.it has two diameters for their Zero Grip tires, PT07 are the larger diameter ones and the PT15s are really low profile. I only have one Sloter car and that is a Ferrari 312PB with aftermarket wheels. The front tires are 0.734" OD. Super Tires Low Grips are available in 0.704" (17.8mm), 0.734" (18.64mm), 0.748" (19.00mm) and 0.777" (19.74mm).
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Old 01-24-2019, 01:27 PM
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thanks for your reply Rich. I actually dug out an old box of Slot-it parts and found a pack of Slot-it PT15 front tires: problem solved!! The original Sloter fronts gave me trouble getting them off as they were hard as a rock! Car is now quiet, smooth, and fast.
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