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  • #16
    Plasticizers are definitely released when a rubber tire comes apart. When that happens styrene parts, like bodies and chassis, can also be damaged. If the car has been left parked on a track section you can get ruts in the track and if the car had been stored in a jewel case the plinth can get ruts and the inside of the clear part will get fogged up. Natural rubber is not a stable material, something like a sulfur compound needs to be added to the formulation to stabilize it. I don't know if much natural rubber is used with modern slot car tires, but obviously stability is still an issue.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by carlosinseattle View Post
      Replacement urethane and silicone tires are great but they lack the tire markings of the OEM tires. I love it when you see the tire brands on the tires themselves.
      By the way, most replacement OEM tires (at least the ones I have) also lack the tire markings...

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      • #18
        Originally posted by myared View Post

        By the way, most replacement OEM tires (at least the ones I have) also lack the tire markings...
        Some of the OEM bagged tires, made before 2014 or so, sometimes have the original tire markings. It was disappointing that they had to move away from Goodyear tire markings pretty much across the board a few years ago. I LOVE original tire markings.
        Last edited by carlosinseattle; 09-15-2020, 05:11 PM. Reason: Added more info

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