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Gluing RC Tires Pro-Line
While I highly prefer to save time by using pre-mounted tires, gluing tires is still a part of our wonderful hobby. For you old timers, you can glue up a set in your sleep, for you new hobbyists, it isn’t nearly as hard as some people (like me) make it out to be.

I recently got a set of Pro-Line Gladiator SC tires to put in the front of our Pro-Line Pro-2 SCB Converted buggy. For all you newer hobbyists that may not know how to glue tires, here is how I do it…

1. There are tons of tips and tricks that can be used when mounting up tires. Unfortunately, all those take time, and I am incredibly lazy, therefore I bust it out the fastest way possible. Step one is quite easy- get everything you need gathered together. What do you need? Well, tires of course, a set of wheels, some tire/CA glue, and some tire bands. That’s it. Yes, really. Oh, before I forget, we recommend using Pro-Line uber tire glue, but if your LHS doesn’t have any, take note. The thinner the CA glue, the faster it will dry and arguably the harder it will be to work with. The the thicker the glue the easier it is to work with and the longer the drying time.

2. Step two is super easy, simply slide the tires over the wheels. This is impossible to mess up, unless your tires are directional. If you have directionals, mount the wheels to your truck, then slide the tires over. This ensures they are all going the right direction before you start gluing.

3. For step three you need to make sure the bead of the tire is well seated into the bead on the wheel. Once again, this is an easy step, pat yourself on the back when you have all the beads set.

4. About those tire bands… some people install them now before gluing, some immediately after. For a noob, you’ll probably want to put them on before gluing. The bands make sure the beads stay down tight against the wheel for a better glue job.

5. Hey, bust out that glue, it’s time for some real fun. This step can be a bit tricky, so pay achtung here. If it’s your first time, a set of safety glasses is recommended, you really don’t want to get any glue in your eyes (trips to the ER waste a lot of time). Also, be careful not to accidentally glue one of your fingers to the tire/wheel. What happens if you get your finger stuck? It is stuck there forever, and good luck pulling chics with a Gladiator SC hanging off your hand. But seriously, if it gets stuck, it isn’t the end of the world, wait a few minutes and slowly (read- SLOWLY) peel the glue off your finger. To get back to business here, slightly peel back the tire bead and apply the glue to the tire/wheel. Do this all the way around the tire.

6. Ok, its time for a break. Ya, step 5 is awesome. But seriously, when you’ve done one side of the tire, give it a few minutes to dry before you do the other side. Why do this? To help keep yourself from accidentally gluing one of your fingers to the tire.

7. Get back to work ya sloucher, now it’s time to glue the other side of the tire. Just like you did on the first side, lightly pull back the bead, apply glue, and go all the way around the tire.

8. Finally, the last step and it’s really hard. Once you have both sides of all your tires glued, let them sit and dry for a while. Overnight is preferred, but in a pinch you can run them in a manner of minutes. Once dry, mount them to the vehicle of your choice and give them a good thrashing! It isn’t uncommon for tires to come loose on today’s high powered machines, if yours does, no worries, just clean the tire/bead the best you can and re-glue.

Pro-Line Items Used-

Gladiator SC Tires- #1169-01, $22
F-11 SCT Wheels- #2740-03, $9
Pro-Bond Tire Glue- #6031-00, $8
Tire Bands- #6086-00, $11

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This is your chance to enter to win one of the new Pro-Line 2013 Ram 1500 True Scale Clear Bodies! Their new True Scale stuff looks awesome, and we have partnered up with Pro-Line to give away two of these awesome bodies! One Short Course style that fits vehicles like their Pro-2, or Traxxas Slash, Slash 4X4, and SC10. The other will be their Monster Truck style that fits Traxxas T/E/2.5-MAXX®, T-MAXX® 3.3, REVO® 2.5, Savage!

We will draw two winners from all the entries. We are giving away CLEAR versions of the Ram 1500′s, so if you are drooling over that paint job in the pictures, you’ll need to do that part yourself. Since every contest we get the emails, this contest is open to readers WORLD WIDE!

The deadline for entries is Monday June 9th 2014 at 11:59pm CST. A winner will be announced sometime on June 10th. Two random winners will be chosen from all entries received by our software.

You know what to do, good luck!

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Pro-Line Phantom body Tekno EB48.2
Tekno RC has taken off the last couple of years and now it’s fairly common to see them hauling around local tracks. However, there was not many choices when it came to aftermarket bodies for them. To help solve this problem Pro-Line Racing has just finished up their new Phantom series body for the Tekno EB48.2 buggy. Like other bodies in the Phantom line, the unit for Tekno has modern lines and is designed for optimal handling on track. Expect a street price around $27 and you can hit up This Link to check out all the goodies over on Pro-Line’s official website.

Have you seen our Pro-Line Buggy Conversion Kit Review? If not, you can check it out Here.

Pro-Line Velocity VTR 2.4 2WD 4wd Hex Front WheelsTo run the new high-zoot 2.4″ tires from Pro-Line you are going to need the appropriate wheels. No worries mate, as Pro-Line has announced VTR 2.4″ Front Wheels for an array of tenth scale race machines. The VTR wheels are larger in diameter and come with the 8th scale buggy style bead needed to run the latest generation of race tires.

The part number for Associated B4.2, B5, and Kyosho RB6 front VTR wheels is #2750-02 for yellow and #2750-04 for white. For TLR 22 VTR front wheels the part numbers are #2751-02 for yellow and #2751-04 for white. The part numbers for Associated B44.2 VTR front wheels is #2752-02 for yellow and #2752-04 for white. Pricing is $6 per pair and This Is The Link you want for more details over on Pro-Line’s website.

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Pro-Line Electron VTR 2.4 Buggy Rear Tires
2.4″, 8th scale type bead tires are all the rage in the 10th scale class now days, and Pro-Line has announced their latest entry into the class, Electron rear tires. These are part of their VTR line-up, meaning they are 2.4″ in size with the new style (for tenth scale) beads. The tread design on the Electrons is best suited for high bite indoor tracks, where their connected treads with center pins can give consistent high traction, even when the track starts to dry out.

The Electron rear tires are available in two different compounds, super soft #8235-03 M4, and #8235-17 MC for clay. Both are priced at $21 per pair and you can Click Here for more details over on the official Pro-line website.

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While I haven’t raced in around 4 years, each spring when the weather turns I start getting the itch to build an oval car. Sure, I spent the majority of my “racer days” doing the off-road thing, but once I first went WFO and got sideways with a friend’s open wheel modified I quickly became a convert. I wound up purchasing a Losi Mini Late Model and enjoyed racing it for a season to get my feet wet. Soon I was involved in a variety of classes and fielding multiple cars before coming down with a nasty case of general racing burnout. I got rid of all my race cars/trucks but always knew I’d be back someday.

Let’s get something out of the way; I’m well aware that the thought of racing in a circle sounds very boring to many people. Heck, I won’t really disagree with you….if we are talking asphalt or carpet that is. I subscribe to the thinking”Asphalt is for getting to the track, dirt is for racing.” I love the speed and mayhem that comes with the dirt and I’m a big fan of World of Outlaws racing. I try taking in my local Saturday night short track program whenever I can. Several longtime buddies of mine own 1:1 cars and battle at tracks across the midwest every weekend (at least as often as their bank accounts will allow). So yeah, I loves me some dirt trackin’.

A "stock" Pro-Line Pro-2 Short Course Truck (w/ extended rear body mount)

My “stock” Pro-Line Pro-2 Short Course Truck (w/ extended rear body mount) before getting the oval treatment.

As it pertains to this piece, my home region (St. Louis, MO) is a hotbed of r/c dirt oval racing and every year it seems another track springs up. I can count 4 really nice ones within about an hours driving distance from me. All of them have very active communities and *gasp* are super accommodating to noobs (gee, I can’t imagine why they are successful).

While sprint cars and late models are really popular (Custom Works, Murfdogg, and Hyperdrive are a few popular manufacturers) I’m particularly drawn to the open wheel modified short course class. Some of the constant gripes you hear about off-road SC racing (the trucks are too big, races are too rough, etc) are precisely why they’ve caught on like wild fire as a DO class. The vehicles are easy to convert and look scale as they carve their way around the track. They are a blast to drive and are known for being a rubbin’ is racin’ type of wild class. You have to go into a race fully expecting contact and know how to deal with it. Given that the vehicles are normally packing big power, the wrecks are often spectacular. And while pretty much any short course truck can be converted to a modified car, my weapon of choice is a Pro-Line Pro-2 topped by a BBE (Bodies by Ed) modified body.

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Pro-Line 1:16 Apocalypse body
While touring the Pro-Line facility in California last week, we got a chance to take a look at the 1/16 Apocalypse for the Traxxas Mini Summit in person. Like the full sized version, it has a tough military type SUV look to it, with lots of small details to make it pop. After one look we knew it would be a hit with the 16th scale crowd. If you have a 16th scale and are tired of the same style bodies, the 1/16 Apocalypse is a good choice and will certainly make your truck stand out at the local bash spot.

The part number for the 1:16 Apocalypse is #3431-00, it is priced at $27, and you can hit up This Link to check out Pro-Line’s official website.

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Pro-Line LockDown 8th Buggy Tires
The Pro-Line crew has a new 8th scale race tire called the LockDown that will be debuted at the Lone Star Nitro Challenge and will start hitting hobby shops next month. The Pro-Line LockDowns were designed to give you that extra edge on high bite surfaces, and come in a wide variety of compounds for different conditions and temperatures.

The part numbers are 9051-002 for X2 compound, 9051-003 for X3, 9051-004 for X4, 9051-02 for M3, 9051-03 for M4, and they all have a street price of right around $23 per pair.

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Pro-Line Racing BigSquidRCThis week the BigSquidRC Bash Crew made a big Road Trip to Southern California. We’ve been wanting to road trip SoCal for a long time now, to get in some “face time” with the makers and shakers of rc, and to generally learn as much as possible about the rc scene on the West Coast.

Both personally and professionally, we’ve been big fans of Pro-Line Racing products for decades now, so naturally we called up the PL crew and asked if we could drop by for a visit. They generously gave us the green light.

Everything at Pro-Line was top notch. From their huge outdoor track, to their waiting area, to their machine shop and shipping area, everything was clean, neat, and organized. Their facility was dialed, just like their products.

If you don’t already know, Pro-Line is a true manufacture of wheels, tires, and bodies, right here in the USA. From the inception of a product idea, through the actual production, all the way to shipping it out the door, Pro-Line is very proud of how many of their products are American made. While it might be easier/cheaper to have products made overseas, they prefer to go the proper route, making them themselves.

After the full tour, the Pro-Line crew was nice enough to give us some very cool hook-ups. Matt from Pro-Line used their in-house 3D printer to make an incredibly detailed Squid for us to take home, and they even hooked us up with a super trick Pro-2 Buggy, complete with BigSquidRC livery.

We would like to give extra special thanks to Todd, Jessica, Gerardo, Matt, Tim, and all the rest of the PL crew for making our stay so special. It didn’t take long to see first hand that they not only want to put out the most innovative products in the wheel/tire/body industry, but also the very best you can buy, for racing, or for bashing.

*Update: We have gotten a few questions about who did the paint on the awesome body. It was done by Steve Burgess of Rugspin Graphix. You can get more paint info from their site at This Link

Pro-Line PRO-2 -8mm Indoor Chassis
Not everyone has a big parking lot to run on, some hobbyists bash wherever they can, even in small indoor areas. Pro-Line has announced their -8mm short indoor chassis for their PRO-2 SCT. The 8mm shorter chassis makes the PRO-2 more agile and gives it better turning speed, and it is made from Hard Anodized 3mm 7075-T6 aluminum for strength.

The part number for the PL indoor chassis is 6093-06, it has a street price of $75, and you can hit up This Link to get more details over on Pro-Line’s website.

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Pro-Line VTR 2.4 Tires
The latest in uber performance wheels/tires for 1/10 scale buggies is the VTR 2.4″ line-up from Pro-Line. The VTR 2.4s have a larger diameter wheel giving the tire a shorter sidewall for better traction. The 8th scale type bead gives more surface area to glue to, resulting in less tires coming loose from the bead.

Now available in the VTR 2.4 line-up are Suburbs rear tires and Transistor 2wd & 4wd fronts. VTR rear wheels are also available in white and yellow. To get more information on all the products in the VTR 2.4 line-up simply Click This Link on Pro-Line’s website.

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Pro-Line Big Joe II 2.2 Mounted Tires
Want big traction on your small basher? Hate spending time gluing up tires? If so, Pro-Line has your hook-up with their new Pre-Mounted Big Joe II 2.2″ Tires. The pre-mounts come with PL’s Big Joe IIs mounted up on their popular 6 spoke Desperado Wheels to not only give your truck more traction, but to also add to its scale appearance. The Desperados even have a wide offset to improve stability.

The part number for the pre-mounts is 10105-11, they are priced at $26 per pair, and they are a direct bolt on for the Traxxas 1:16 Summit and HPI Savage XS Flux. For complete information simply Click This Link to head over to Pro-Line’s website.

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Pro-Line 2013 Ram 1500 True Scale Clear Body
The crew over at Pro-Line aim to please, and today they’ve made Ram fans very happy. The new 2013 Ram 1500 True Scale Body from Pro-Line was made to turn your old short course truck into a scale looking truck that has been lifted. The PL Ram 1500 is fully licensed and also has the scale detailing everyone is after. Made to fit Slash, Slash 4×4, PRO-2, and SC10 2wd, this body should really turn heads at your local bash spot.

The part number for the Ram 1500 is #3420-00, it has a street price of $35, and you can hit up This Link to get full details.

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