Well, the time finally
came for me to replace the wheels and tires on my E-Maxx. The tires weren’t that bad (I was running the stock tires)
but the wheels were shot. They were the RPM Monster Claws and they were full of chips and cracks.
Too bad things weren’t
the other way around! You can reuse wheels if you can remove the tires properly. Simply cut away the tires and let the wheel
soak in acetone for 48 hours. Acetone will dissolve the CA glue allowing the tire’s bead to pull right off leaving
you with a wheel that’s ready for a new tire.
As you may be aware,
new wheels and tires are not a cheap proposition! So, understandably, I took my time to decide the exact wheel and tire combination
that would not only look good but also perform well.
Since I’m a basher
and not a racer, I wanted a tire that could go through anything (sand, grass, pavement, gravel) and last for a long time.
I also wanted something with an aggressive yet realistic looking tread design. Lastly, I wanted a wheel that would give my
truck the widest stance possible to improve high speed handling.
With this criteria
in mind I decided on Pro-Line’s Velocity 6 40 series wheels and Pro-Line’s Masher 40 series tires (ever wonder
what the “40” means? it’s the tire’s height/width ratio).