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One of the most common questions I get asked here at RC Know How is how to Glue RC Car Tyres on to the rims. Many RC instruction manuals instruct you to glue them on, but they don’t tell you how, or indeed the best way to do it. So in todays video, we’re going to see exactly how to fit a set of new buggy tyres to the rims, complete with foam inserts (note: not all RC Buggy & truck tyres have foam inserts in them, Tamiya ones especially. If yours don’t have foams you can just skip that part and concentrate on the gluing process.). So, let’s get started.
What You’ll Need
- CA Glue or Super Glue
- Teaspoon (Optional)
- Tyre Bands or Elastic Bands (Optional)
Fitting RC Tyre Foam Insert
Foam inserts are basically a light weight foam ring that sits inside the tyre, giving it a similar behaviour to a pneumatic tyre on a real car. As RC car & buggy tyres are often very soft, they need this extra support to make them sit correctly on the wheel and not compress under the stationary weight of the buggy.
Fitting foam inserts is simply a case of inserting the foam into the middle of the tyre as you’ll see in the video. The ones for the front tyres will generally be narrower than the rear tyre foams, so make sure you fit the right ones to each tyre. As you fit the foam, work it around thoroughly with your thumb to make sure it’s evenly distributed around the inside of the tyre.
Fitting The Tyres To The Rims
With softer, my pliable RC Tyres, you can place the rim in the center of the tyre and then push it evenly through the tyre, until the front edge of the tyre is ready to be seated in the edge of the front rim. Once there, work it over a bit at a time to make sure it’s sits squarely and evenly in the rim.
Once the front edge is in, pull the back edge over the rim a bit at a time to seat it properly in the rim. You’ll see exactly how to do this in the video.
For stiffer, more rigid tyres such as most Tamiya RC Tyres, particularly their monster truck tyres, you can either warm the tyres gently on a radiator or in the sun for a few minutes to make the tyres more flexible, allowing you to pull them into place as described above. Or, use the handle of a teaspoon to lever the tyres carefully into place. Be careful not to damage your rim edges though with the spoon handle!
Once the tyres are on, check the feel of the tyres and if possible check the balance of the wheel and tyre by spinning it up on your buggy or truck. If it feels uneven as it spins, check how the foam is lying and adjust where necessary.
Gluing The Tyres
Now your tires are sitting nicely on the rims, it’s time to get them glued. For this you need to use a CA type glue, or Super Glue. Be very careful here… it’s so easy to get glue on your fingers and stick them together or to the wheel when doing this, so do please exercise caution. For younger modelers, please ask an adult for help with this part.
The gluing process is actually very simple once the tyre is seated properly. Take tube or bottle of glue, pull back one small section of tyre from the rim and place a drop or two of glue into the slot in the rim where the tyre sits. Replace the tyre and work it back into the rim to seat it properly.
Move around the tyre, repeating the process until the rim has a light even layer of CA glue all around the rim. Make sure the tyre is nicely seated back in the rim. Once one side is done, leave the glue to fully set on that side before moving to the next, as it’s very easy to get in a mess, and indeed it’s a bit of a recipe for disaster if you try and glue both sides at once.
Once the first side is completely dry, flip them over and repeat the whole process for the second side. When all tyres have been glued thoroughly on both sides, leave them somewhere warm (not hot) to cure overnight to form a good strong bond if possible.
Ok, so as promised here’s the video which takes you through steps and you can see exactly how to do it!
Some people recommend the use of proprietary tyre bands to hold tyres in place whilst the glue sets. These are basically glorified rubber bands designed to be placed around the tyre to hold them in place on the rims during gluing. Personally I’ve never used the proprietary versions, I just use regular elastic bands to hold them in place where necessary. More often than not though, your tyres will be a tight enough fit not to have to worry about banding them during gluing.
Gluing RC Car tires is a pretty simple process. Once you’ve done it once, you’ll be pretty adept at doing it the next time. As you’ll see from the video, there really isn’t much to it, but if you’ve got any questions, please give us a shout via the comments form below (you can comment through Facebook there too) or on the forum.
Thank you very much for watching and reading this tutorial, and until next time…
I'm Justin, and I've been building & bashing RC Cars since 1987 when I got my hands on a newly released Tamiya Lunchbox! Since then picked up so many hints, tips and techniques I decided it was time to share them all with you...
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