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Offline Sharkey

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mounting hpi drift tires
« on: October 17, 2011, 09:55:31 PM »
how the hell are you supposed to get these things on the rims? picked up a set today and ive tried everything i could think of. had the tires soaking in boiling hot water, lubing the beads, i just cant seem to get anything to work. i managed to get 2 of them on, but not without removing all the chrome off one wheel. seems everytime i pull the tire out of the water it cools far to quick and i cant get the tire on in time.

anyone have any tricks for this?

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Re: mounting hpi drift tires
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2011, 11:33:49 PM »
Hair dryer. Should be directions on back of tire package. Just be careful not to get them too hot or you could warp them

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Re: mounting hpi drift tires
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2011, 08:51:20 AM »
I have never had luck with the hair dryer method but always with the boiling water way. I boil a pot of water, while its boiling put a tire in for 15 sec or so take it out and quickly onto the tire and no problem.
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Re: mounting hpi drift tires
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2011, 04:26:38 PM »
+1 on dribbles way
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Re: mounting hpi drift tires
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2011, 09:59:53 PM »
guess ill just have to try getting them hotter.

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Re: mounting hpi drift tires
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2011, 09:53:30 AM »
I agree with you dribble. The hair dryer way is a pain . Never tried the boil water method. I'll have to give it a try

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Re: mounting hpi drift tires
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2011, 10:43:34 AM »
ya all I do is boil a pot of water, once at boil I put a tire in for about 15-20 sec should work, you can try 30 sec but do not go over and should not need to then  i take it out and quickly put it on and VIOLA repeat. It's just a matter of getting the technique down, not much really to it but I found this to be the easiest way to do it. WARNING HOT! lol If I had a set that needed to be mounted I would do a video of it showing and explaining for you guys. There is lots of video's on youtube though many different ways as well but I found this the easiest way for me at least.
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Re: mounting hpi drift tires
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2011, 06:45:00 PM »
managed to get them all mounted last night. boiled 2l of water with the electric kettle and poured it into a ceramic bowl. let the tires sit in it for a couple minutes and popped them on. they still were a fight, but at least they went on. i cant say im looking forward to having to mount another set, hope i can find premounted ones next time.

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Re: mounting hpi drift tires
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2011, 11:15:00 PM »
managed to get them all mounted last night. boiled 2l of water with the electric kettle and poured it into a ceramic bowl. let the tires sit in it for a couple minutes and popped them on. they still were a fight, but at least they went on. i cant say im looking forward to having to mount another set, hope i can find premounted ones next time.

Boil a pot of water on the stove and once at boil leave it on and drop a tire in for like 20 sec or so and POP the tire will go on easier this way and repeat. This is how I do it and goes on quick and easy this way. Try this next time instead of boiling water in a kettle and pouring it into a bowl.
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Re: mounting hpi drift tires
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2013, 01:37:26 AM »
Also Hpi rims are softer and easy to mount up. Use Hpi.rims
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Re: mounting hpi drift tires
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2013, 01:59:04 AM »
I agree.  Or buy my tires as they slide right on no sweat.  The ones I manufacture.  Last twice as long, cost half the price.  Look super great too.
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Re: mounting hpi drift tires
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2013, 06:06:44 AM »
Got some pics matt??
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Re: mounting hpi drift tires
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2013, 03:22:51 PM »
Same for me. I want to see what they look like. I may be interested......
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Re: mounting hpi drift tires
« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2013, 08:43:05 AM »
Hear that if you freeze the rim and boil the tires it works easier. I will be doing this soon enough. I have a set of tires I need some rims for. They are "carpet" drift tires. Look like delrin. That hard nylon type plastic. I also need another set of T Drifts as mine are getting mighty thin.... I figure I might as well get a few sets up and running. Experimenting with compounds to see if there is a big difference in how they hook up and slide.
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Re: mounting hpi drift tires
« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2013, 08:45:33 AM »
Hear that if you freeze the rim and boil the tires it works easier. I will be doing this soon enough. I have a set of tires I need some rims for. They are "carpet" drift tires. Look like delrin. That hard nylon type plastic. I also need another set of T Drifts as mine are getting mighty thin.... I figure I might as well get a few sets up and running. Experimenting with compounds to see if there is a big difference in how they hook up and slide.

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