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RC4WD Arsenal Mil-Concept Wheel Tire
Now for something a little different, the new Arsenal 5.25″ Mil-Concept Wheel and Tire Combo from RC4WD. What are these wheels/tires for? These were designed for ultra-rough applications (like Robotics) but can be used to give your rc truck one heck of a different look. The wheels feature a flexible honeycomb for a smooth ride, while its exterior rubber tread is used to get traction.

* Fits on 12mm hex
* Injection molding wheel
* Weight- 6.38oz each
* OD- 5.32″
* Width- 1.24″
* Center Hole OD- 0.16″

These have a part number of #Z-W0180, a street price of $25 per pair, and are available right now. Hit up This Link for more details over on RC4WD’s website.

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Here is some news you won’t find anyplace else. Remember that Pro-Line Spy Shot we posted on Friday? We have just received word that Pro-Line will now have an XL Sized version of their Interco TSL SX Super Swamper 2.2″ tires. The XL size is ideal for the scale crawling crowd that wants maximum ground clearance for getting over tough obstacles, or for people that simply like the look of a bigger tire. The Super Swamper XLs bolt right up to Pro-Line’s Titus 2.2″ Bead-Loc wheels and feature that scale look everyone is after.

* Officially licensed by Interco Tire Corporation
* Available in G8 compound
* Comes with memory foam inserts

The part number is #10107-14, street pricing will be right around $30 per pair, and they are scheduled for an August release date. Click Right Here to visit the official Pro-Line website.

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RC4WD Dick Cepek Fun Country 1.55” Scale Tires
The latest set of 1.55″ sized tires from RC4WD are Dick Cepek Fun Countrys. These are officially licensed by Dick Cepek and are molded from RC4WD’s super soft and super sticky X2 SS rubber compound. Not only should these tires give you the uber scale look everyone is after, but should also provide plenty of traction while out on the trail.

* Made for 1.55″ wheels
* Width: 1.42″
* Weight: 1.75oz each
* Outer Diameter: 3.74″
* Inner Diameter: 1.57″

The part number is #Z-T0124, they are street priced at $24, and they are available right now. Get complete details at This Link over on RC4WD’s official website.

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RC4WD Dick Cepek FC-II 1.9" Tires
The latest tires to be announced from the RC4WD crew are Dick Cepek FC-II 1.9s. These are fully licensed by Dick Cepek and should perform as good on the trail as they look.

* Designed for 1.9″ wheels
* Come in advanced X2 SS compound
* Weight- 1.62oz
* Width- 1.19″
* Outer diameter- 3.79″

The part number is #Z-T0119, they are street priced at $24, and you can get complete details at This Link over on RC4WD’s website.

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JConcepts Dirt Webs SCT Tires
The Man, Brian Kinwald, is famous for his custom tire mods and the JConcepts Dirt Webs are a result of his creativity. Since their inception, Dirt Webs have gone on to become a popular tire at many tracks, now JConcepts has announced they will be available in a short course truck version. If you drive on high bite dirt surfaces the SCT Dirt Webs are certainly worth a look.

* Web-bars are connected for more stability & forward-bite
* Vertical and horizontal bars are used for more side-bite
* 3.0 x 2.2″ beads that fit most SCT wheels
* Comes with firm, profiled, closed cell inserts

The SCT Dirt Webs come in four different compounds – blue (#3080-01), green (#3080-02), gold (3080-05), and black (#3080-07). All are priced at $26 per pair and you can get more details at This Link over on the official JConcepts blog.

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Pro-Line Tires
Pro-Line has announced several new tires for your racing/bashing pleasure. First up are several new Electron VTR 2.4″ buggy front tires. There are four new sets of these available- M4 and MC compound for both 2wd and 4wd 1/10 buggies. These are all priced at $20 per pair.

For the 8th scale buggy crowd, Pro-Line has announced a bunch of variations of their new LockDown. You can get just the tires in 5 different compounds, or for those you who like saving time (like us!), you can also get them pre-mounted in 3 different compounds. Pricing for just the tires is right around $24 a pair, while the pre-mounts are priced at right around $36.

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AKA Roadblock SC Tire Review
When AKA announced their new do-it-all Roadblock SC tires, we just had to try a set. We rarely bash on just one surface so we were very interested to see if the Roadblocks would work all the surfaces we like to bash on. With a fresh set of Roadblocks mounted up we grabbed two of our favorite short course vehicles and headed out for some testing.

Our first stop was a hard-packed rc track. On the highly prepped track surface the Roadblocks provided excellent traction, nearly on par with some of the more popular race tires at that particular track. Forward bite was very good and side bite was decent without causing traction rolling.

Before we left the track we did some driving in its parking lot. The Roadblocks provided excellent traction on pavement. Both forward and side bite were very good, and once again the sidewalls did not dig in and cause our test vehicles to traction roll.

Next we hit up a local park, a place with a bunch of different terrain to really test out the AKAs. The first place we went to at the park was a gravel/rock covered lot. Once again the Roadblocks felt super dialed, in fact, we were amazed with how much traction they provided.

At a big grassy area in the park we found the first kink in the Roadblock’s armor. The small lugs on the Roadblocks got us through very short grass, but anything taller and they did a lot more spinning than providing forward motion.

Our final stop was a large field of freshly turned over dirt (read- very loamy/clumpy/muddy). We found that while the Roadblocks worked very well on hard-packed dirt, their small lugs came up short on providing traction in deep loam and in mud. We could get our test vehicles around on these surfaces, but there are other basher oriented tires that provide much better grip in these conditions than the Roadblocks.

Overall? We really liked the Roadblocks on a variety of hard surfaces. If you don’t drive on much grass or loam they will make a great choice for your short course machine. The Roadblocks are priced at $26 a pair, or you can get them pre-mounted on Cyclone wheels for $39. Click on This Link to get full details over on the official AKA website.

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JConcepts RocX & Choppers 2.8" Tires
With so many trucks sporting 2.8″ wheels now days, JConcepts has put together a video to showcase their 2.8 Choppers and their new 2.8 RocX.

The Choppers were announced a little over a month ago. They sport a knobby/motocross style tread aimed at the high performance bashing market. The new RocX tires sport large, widely spaced lugs and were designed for a wide variety of bashing surfaces. The RocX tires come with closed cell inserts and are directional. Both bolt right up on Traxxas style 2.8″ wheels.

Choppers come in yellow (#3073-00) and blue compound (3073-01), are street priced at $25 a pair, and they are available right now. Hit up This Link for more information.

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Axial Tires
Our friends over at Axial Racing have announced new tires and wheels to give your rig even more performance and scale realism.

First up are the 1.9 BFGoodrich Krawler T/A tires in R35 Compound. These are nicely scaled down versions of what the big boys are running to win rock crawling championships and are made to fit most popular 1.9 wheels. These have a part number of #AX31093, they have a street price of $25, and they should start shipping sometime in mid June.

Their next set of tires are officially license Falken WildPeak MT 1.9s. The MT doesn’t stand for monster truck, it stands for Mud Terrain and they are designed for loads of traction in soft surfaces. These also come in sticky R35 compound and fit most popular 1.9 wheels. They have a part number of #AX31143, they are priced at $24, and these are available right now.

For wheels, the black Axial 1.9 Black Rock CRCs are made from high quality nylon and have that trick scale look everyone wants. They are made for use on 12mm hexes and are fully licensed by Black Rock. They have a part number of #AX31094, a street price of just $10 a pair, and are available right now.

Last up are 2.2 Walker Evans IFD Wheels in black. IFD means they come with Axial’s interchangeable face design and they are also a fully licensed version of their full size counterparts. A three piece beadlock is used and a plastic hub adapter eliminates the need for an aluminum hex hub. These have a part number of #AX31118, are street priced at $22, and you can get your hands on them right now.

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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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RC4WD Mickey Thompson 1.9 Baja MTZ Tires
Always upping their game in scale realism, RC4WD has announced some very cool looking Mickey Thompson 1.9 Baja MTZ 4.6″ tires. These licensed tires really have the authentic scale looks you are after and are molded in RC4WD’s X2 SS Compound for plenty of traction while out on the trail.

* Weight: 2.32oz
* Fits on 1.9″ wheels
* Width: 1.85″
* Outer Diameter: 4.6″

The part number is Z-T0123, street pricing is $29 per pair, and they are available right now. Get all the details at This Link over on the RC4WD website.

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Duratrax 3.8 Hatchet MT Tires
There was one tire that stood out after the announcement of Duratrax’s new 3.8 Monster Truck Tire line-up, the Hatchet MT. You see, the Hatchet uses a scale inspired chevron style tread that looks like the tires on a full size monster truck, and they should do a great job of shoveling mud/dirt/gravel while out bashing. Luckily it wasn’t long and we had a set for testing in our hands.

We received the pre-mounted version of the Hatchet MT on chrome wheels. They come packaged like most tires today, in re-sealable plastic bag, and the wheels/tires were pre-glued and ready to be mounted to a vehicle. We are big fans of pre-mounted wheels/tires because of how much time they save, we would rather by bashing than gluing. Also, we’ve found that the Hatchet MTs are some big beefy tires. When placed next to a stock tire off a Thunder Tiger MT4-G3, they are slightly shorter, but much wider, and with very deep tread.

We’ve already been bashing with the Hatchet MTs, but our full review is still a few weeks away. To get full details on the Hatchet MTs, plus all the other 3.8″ monster truck tires that Duratrax makes, simply hit up This Link.

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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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