Has anybody tried running AKA inserts in your 1/10-scale buggy tires?
Last night I decided to cut down some AKA 1/8-scale inserts and mount them up for my 2WD buggy. I race about twice a month in the modified buggy class at Capital City RC in Sacramento, California. Losi's "pink" BK Bars and Hot Bodies "pink" Beams are the rear tires of choice. I'm usually mid-pack in the A-main. We usually get between 20-30 modified buggies each week.
I simply cut the insert with Lexan scissors so it would fit snugly around my buggy rim. I then glued the insert together using AKA tire glue. After mounting up the tires I did the old grab and squeeze feel test and boy did they feel stiff. I was doubtful that they would work.
When I got to the track I couldn't wait to try them out. I set my buggy down and I instantly noticed I had quite a bit of traction. My buggy was a sled and I was now pushing everywhere. I didn't have much steering. For my second pack I sauced the front tires and left the rear alone. My car was dialed! I did this the remainder of the night and posted my personal best qualifying time.
Previous fastest lap: 28.0
Fastest lap with AKA inserts (with "pink" BK Bars): 27.0
Qualified 3rd overall out of 22 buggies.
**I was more consistent through each qualifier and was able to drive with more confidence. BK Bars can get a little loose in the dust or when the traction isn't optimal, but last night my buggy was stuck.
I just cut down the length so they would fit around a 1/10-scale buggy rim.
After calling some of my pro buddies, I've found that they've quietly tested them and feel they're dialed when conditions permit.
PS: Thanks for all your help with my buggy. You don't know it, but I've read a lot about set-up and other stuff you've written to get my buggy dialed in...It used to push, would drive square, but now I'm at least on pace when I'm not wrecking.
I could not get my hands on any AKA so I tried out some Losi foam. I was amazed at how perfect the foam fills the tires. I liked it a lot. Still running them. I had one foam blow out but think I figured out a way to glue them up so they stay glued. Great tip.
That is not a good weekend for most of us down here. The JBRL Round #1 is that weekend!