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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-20-2003, 10:05 PM
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Additives For Tires To Keep Mud Off

I am going to be doing a lot of mud bogging with my truck and I was talking to someone who races on dirt tracks and they mentioned something about putting tranny fluid on your tires to keep the mud off.... I got into thinking about this (because it sounded like a neat idea,) I have heard that tranny fluid can damage rubber (which makes me wonder if it is harmful on a tire.) Is this true or can you actually put it on your tire? And what else have you heard of that you can use or what do you use? I can't seem to find any info on the internet about this issue...
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 03-20-2003, 10:10 PM
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Re: Additives For Tires To Keep Mud Off

ive heard armor-all does the trick. plus it wont damage the rubber.
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Re: Additives For Tires To Keep Mud Off

if you gotta keep your tires clean that bad, just spin 'em faster. Armor-All is for Street Queens. [img]images/graemlins/burnout.gif[/img]
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Re: Additives For Tires To Keep Mud Off

Now, is it ok to put it on the tread pattern also? Or will you lose traction by doing so?
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Re: Additives For Tires To Keep Mud Off

I saw an episode of "Trucks!" one day and the guy used Baby Oil in a squirt bottle. So I tried it and it seemed to help, but for the hassle it was to get it on and spread around, it wasn't worth it.
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Re: Additives For Tires To Keep Mud Off

Gotta remember that someone who races probably cares little about tire life. He probably expects to need to change tires a lot sooner than most.

And what about bragging rights when you hit mud!? I love watching people check out the truck when they see all the mud on it. Especially in well-to-do neighborhoods! It's a badge of honor.

Tranny fluid is a corrosive material. So if you don't mind having a short life on the tire I guess it's worth a try. I don't know if it actually helps when you are running (as in makes your time or distance better).
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Re: Additives For Tires To Keep Mud Off

keep in mind that whatever hits the tires hits the body and atf will remove paint
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Re: Additives For Tires To Keep Mud Off

I have decided to go with a 'no stick spray.' I am not worried so much about the mud sticking to the body, I am looking at a way to keep the tread clean of debri when bogging, tire spin will help but I need something that will aid in cleaning. I just basically soak the whole tire in it then, or will that cause a loss in traction?
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Re: Additives For Tires To Keep Mud Off

mud bogging isn't about "traction" is't about reaction ..... a soft compound slick has more traction than any mud tire but is worthless in mud .... it newtons law about reaction that gets us through the mud it's the weight of the mud we through backwards and the force requires to rip it from the ground that moves one through a mud bog .... you could coat your tires with petroleum jelly and it would not slow you in the mud ..... also i'm betting that no one short of nasa could measure any gains if any from a no stick coating on a mud tire but that is just a guess let me know if you prove me wrong
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Re: Additives For Tires To Keep Mud Off

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Im with him on this. I thought the whole non-stick tire rub on junk was kinda usless. The only time I've ever heard of ppl putting stuff on their tires to keep mud off, is putting armoral or what ever on their sidewalls to make the tires look pretty and shiney.

If you dont want mud on your tires STAY ON THE STREET!
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