New shoes. Picked up a set of Duratrax Lockups, mostly just because Tower now carries DE Trinidads. And I love me some Trinidads. But knowing what most SC tires look like with the throttle wide open, I knew that taping them would be a necessity. I wasn't going to use Gorilla Tape this time around, because it didn't do a tremendous job when I did a set of Gladiators-- the tape is just too thick, and won't conform well to the tire.
I remembered that BaldyDaniels over on the Traxxas forums has been a proponent of using carpet tape for some time now, so on my last trip to the Lowe's, I picked up a roll. In his method, he uses two layers of carpet tape, and just leaves the sticky side exposed. I don't want open faced "stickiest tape in the world" in my tires, because with my luck, the foam will bunch up and be stuck that way forever. So in the same area as the carpet tape, I noticed-- of all things-- clear duct tape. Which looked really thin-- and it is. Really
thin. I did one layer of carpet tape, then an overlapping layer of clear duct tape over it. The two layers combined is less than half a millimeter thick, and adds about 10g per tire. The tires are still nice and pliable.
For a performance comparison, the trusty untaped Rodeoo at full throttle on the left, and the brand new taped Lockup on the right.
Oh, I also replaced the front bearing in the T8 (the 5x16x5) with an ABEC-7 VXB double sealed bearing-- which I found on Amazon, of all places. It's not ceramic, but neither was the bearing that came out. The truck has never been quieter. It's stealthy quiet now.
There are no atheists in the foxholes / There is no intellect in the air / There are no scientists on the way down / Just a working example of faith versus physics. --El-P, Flyentology