View Full Version : How to cut $90 worth of Kongs fast...

07-10-2004, 01:26 AM
Just thought I'd post up on this board about my recent cutting up money threads I have going on some RC Crawling based boards(http://www.rccrawler.com) around the net....

Bring everyone up to speed from the start:

JULY 8th '04 ---
Well... I've cut up 2 tires so far, fairly easy but my cuts are not very straight :roll: ...... no beers in me yet, wait 'till tomorrow night when I finish cutting the other 2 up. I still have to get some ruberized glue to stick 'em back together but before I do.... I want some opinions on which tread you all think would work the best for an all around crawling tire(wet rocks, dry rocks, dirt, sandy terrain, etc).

My 3 choices I'm dealing with now.......

1) It's either like Diglers which keeps the traditional "V" chevron pattern:


2) Like some that were chopped up via Aussie, Ben Boynton:


3) A fully directional pattern I'm thinking about but unsure of how well it'll really work:


What do you guys think, shall I go with #1, #2 or #3 ?? I'm thinking #3 just to be different and see how well it works. If it sucks...it's only money I cut up right? :? 8)

JULY 9th '04 --
After some chattin' between users....

Okay.. So I'm starting to see everyone saying not to put them into the tread pattern like I was thinking about(#3 image).

But what is the difference between my idea(#3) and the new Imex K-Rock tire OTHER than cutting the tread blocks????

My idea....




They both run in a single direction, it's just that the K-Rocks have some of the tread blocks cut out to give the look of going different direction... I'm I right or am I smoking something??

JULY 9th '04 --
At 10:15PM PST

Going with my idea, though changed slightly. One side of the tread is longer than the other.

Prior to cutting my Kongs were ~ 4.5" wide....
Now my Kongs are a full 3" wide...


I have a 1" strip of rubber lining the inside of the joint. That way I have not only the top side of the tread glued but the inside has plenty of grip too. I hope it holds up to my abuse :lol:

Let's just say the more I do this the easier it seems to get. Yeah I've only finished 2 tires so far but the first sucked. Second tire went smoothly, only minor cussing when I had more glue on my fingers than on the tires :lol: 30 minutes after finishing the 2nd tire it felt really good and solid, while the first tire I did still felt like it needed another 6 hours to dry.

Damn... who ever though up this tire cut'n'shut crap :? It sucks ass big time. Glad I'm half way done now and it's 10:15PM... by 1AM I should be finished with the other two, or maybe not as I have to get my azz out of bed at 6AM :evil:

07-14-2004, 12:47 AM
Some 95% finished pictures hot off the press for ya.......

Wheels are now about 1.5" wide(total width). Still need to toss in a tiny bit of foam and dump about a 1/4 pound per tire of BB's :twisted:







07-14-2004, 02:15 AM
Nice work, they really look like a good rock climbing tire. :)

07-14-2004, 04:42 AM
Maybe you should give Imex a holler and see if they'd put some into production? Or are those cut-up Kongs similiar in size to Dualies?

07-14-2004, 10:43 PM
That is pretty cool looking!! I never thought of thinning out tires!!!

Good Job!!!

07-15-2004, 08:32 PM
Maybe you should give Imex a holler and see if they'd put some into production? Or are those cut-up Kongs similiar in size to Dualies?

Naw.. Imex doesn't need to make 'em like this... it's easy enough to cut 'n' shut them like this as it is.

The Clod Duallies are very skinny! Stock Kongs are approx 4.5" wide and my chopped Kongs are 3" wide mounted on 1.5" wide rims. This is the perfect width for my rig and the new tread pattern hooks up great. I have more grooving and tread trimming to do still :D

07-15-2004, 08:53 PM
very cool - excellent crawler tyres. whats this rubberized glue you speak of?? and where can I get some?? :p

I had seen something like this done before but it was on clod tyres, but as they had been bought cut and glued the person who bought them couldnt tell me much about the glue that was used....


07-17-2004, 02:46 AM
very cool - excellent crawler tyres. whats this rubberized glue you speak of?? and where can I get some?? :p

I used Marine GOOP on my tires. Many have had good success using Rubberized CA.

I went with the GOOP since it was at the local Home Depot... My LHS is crap and I won't go there for anything RC related. I have to drive 30 miles to go to a decent one... I still shop online 99% of the time.

07-17-2004, 03:41 AM
how do you like the k-rocks?

or do you even have them?

07-17-2004, 11:30 AM
Awesome job on those Kongs and wheels!!