Closed cell tire inserts have a number of advantages over old school foam. They don’t soak up as much water in wet conditions, they last a lot longer, and they are firmer, resulting in better handling.
Pro-Line is bringing high tech closed cell inserts to the Traxxas 2.8 crowd. These are water safe, reusable, and made to give the 2.8 tires on your truck maximum traction. The set you see in the pictures we have been driving for a couple of weeks now and so far we have been very impressed. We will be putting a lot more miles on them to test durability before our full review goes up in a few weeks.
We have not received a part number or pricing information yet, but you can Click Right Here to check out all the other goodies on Pro-Line’s official website.
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Pro-Line 2.8 Closed Cell Insert Gallery
Designed in conjunction with Brian Kinwald, the new Dirt-Tech Closed Cell Inserts from JConcepts are made to improve feel and durable when used in your tenth scale race machine. The Dirt-Techs are grey in color to make them easily identifiable and are made from a medium/firm closed cell foam. Precise contouring and alternating shallow and deep cuts help give your vehicle an improved feel while driving.
The Dirt-Techs comes in three different sizes, #3230 for 4wd front, #3231 for 2wd buggy front, and #3232 for 10th scale buggy rear. All three are priced at $11 and you can get complete information at This Link over on the JConcepts website.
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Short course trucks are still on fire and AKA has just introduced a revised line-up of tires for them. Taking several of their popular tread patterns they have made them wider, thus improving their grip. The tires that got the upgrade are the Handlebar 2, Cityblock 2, Enduro 2, and the Wishbone 2.
Some of the tires also got further upgrades. For instance, the Cityblock 2 had its tread opened up slightly to help it dig in deeper, the Wishbone 2 had its tread pattern condensed for more traction and longer wear, and the Handlebar got slightly taller pins. The new tires range in price from $26 to $39 for pre-mounts.
AKA didn’t forget about upgrading their inserts, they now have asymmetrical cores for more sidewall support. Both their new Red (#33017 soft) and Black (#33016 medium) have a price point of $18. Hit up the AKA Website for more information.
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New AKA SCT Tires Gallery
AKA has some new medium density closed cell inserts for 8th scale buggy and short course trucks. These new inserts are fluted on the inside making them a bit softer and allows air to escape more easily through vent holes in your rim. The part number is #34001MFG and they have a price of $19 for a set of four. Check out the AKA Website for more information on these and all their other products.
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AKA changed the tire world when they first introduced their closed cell inserts for 8th scale tires several years ago. Now AKA is introducing closed cell inserts for 10th scale stadium trucks. These inserts will not only last much longer than traditional foam, but they can also make your truck handle better in corners and through the rough. Part number is #33015 and they have a price of $12 per pair. Hit up the AKA Website for more information.
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Pro-Line has given us a sneak peak at their new 2WD Buggy Front Closed Cell Inserts. Not much information is known on these guys just yet, but I can say they will be waterproof, reusable, balanced and lightweight. Expect to see them soon on Pro-Line’s website!
Losi is jumping on the closed cell bandwagon. They’ve recently announced a new closed cell foam tire insert for 1/8 scale buggies. These new tire inserts, as is common with closed cell foam, are very durable and won’t break down quickly. You can also reuse them multiple times, saving you money in the long run.
These new inserts should be hitting your hobby shop’s shelves in a couple weeks and will retail somewhere around $17. Check out Losi’s site for a little more info.
Check out these new tire inserts from Italian outfit Veggoplastrc. They’re quite strange looking aren’t they? One of the bullet points for the Airbags (which, curiously, don’t actually appear to be filled with air…) is that there’s
zero centrifugation. Now I don’t know what that means, but it’s a big word and there’s zero of it, so I’m assuming that’s good. Some other features are water resistance, durability, and
perfect balance. The Airbag inserts will also come in three compounds, red for soft, yellow for medium, and green for hard. Right now they’re only available for 1/8 scale buggies. This is a whole new idea for tire inserts, the big question is how well will they work?
Check out the Veggoplastrc web site for more info.