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Old 06-18-2008, 05:31 PM   #1
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Default Make tires stick... with wd-40?! HUH???

As some of you know the shop next to ours does high end hot rods and customs. They are also heavily into drag and jr. drag events.

Today Jim mentioned using WD-40 on the tires for the drag car to make them stickier. He said you spray it on and do a quick burnout. Not a big one just enough to get a little bit of heat into the tires.

Now, this is the first time I have EVER heard of using WD-40 for this purpose, and I've talked to a lot of old school guys, but never really the drag racers as that was never my scene.

So, has anyone ever heard of this one before??
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Old 06-18-2008, 05:39 PM   #2
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cant say that i have. interesting.
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Old 06-18-2008, 05:57 PM   #3
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wd40 is a lubricant. It stands for water displacement 40. How would that make the tire sticky? Does it brake down the rubber? or increase the age rate?
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Old 06-18-2008, 06:01 PM   #4
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let me add this. I am not saying it isn't true I just want more facts. I know nothing about drag racing. If he drags a bunch he must know what he is talking about.

I remember back in the day my friends use to use bleach on their tires so when they would do burn outs there would be big clouds of ****e smoke.
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Old 06-18-2008, 06:23 PM   #5
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wd40 is a lubricant. It stands for water displacement 40. How would that make the tire sticky? Does it brake down the rubber? or increase the age rate?
It is made for water displacement/anti corrosion...people USE it for a lubricant, but it is not a very good one.
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Old 06-18-2008, 06:31 PM   #6
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I've head that WD-40 is basically kerosene. So as stated before, I'm sure it's not that good for the tire.
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:27 PM   #7
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We used to use WD40 on our 4x4's spray it all over your electrical system, keeps the water from corroding parts. I'm thinking that its a catalyst for heat. You do a quick spin, and its the equivelant to a longer burnout. Although it would till be dumb to do to a street tire.
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:44 PM   #8
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i bet it softens the tire some...not good for life but perfect for that little bit of extra grab off the line.
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:45 PM   #9
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WD40 was not originally meant as a lubricant. If you want to lubricate something you would probably be better off using cooking oil.
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Old 06-18-2008, 10:41 PM   #10
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well, I was wondering because it's a heck of a lot cheaper than the tire treatment stuff folks aren't supposed to use for racing, but everyone does...

Thing is I had never heard of this so I wanted to see if anyone else had, and knew what happens. I might just have to try it out on the mini and see what happens...
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...I've been in that Mini

...you drag that Mini????
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Old 06-19-2008, 02:03 AM   #12
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never heard of using wd-40 for THAT but it is a solvent(and is a very poor lubricant) that may soften and help the tires 'clean' themselves a bit.

interesting tidbit
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Old 06-19-2008, 03:27 AM   #13
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I've head that WD-40 is basically kerosene. So as stated before, I'm sure it's not that good for the tire.
Kerosene, wax, and perfume. I had to update the MSDS at work for WD-40 about 10 years ago...
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Well, I know what happens to your SUV if someone pulls a practical joke and sprays wd40 on your disc brakes. It resulted in my case a new SUV.
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Awesome prank Farva^^^
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Old 06-19-2008, 11:57 AM   #16
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It may do something to the rubber. What is the chemical they use to age the rubber? (to make the different compounds) Maybe the wd40 has a similar effect on teh rubber or something?
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I've heard of people using it on rubber belts to help stop squealing. It's supposed to soften up the rubber a little and make it stickier. I think it also severely shortens their life, though, so it probably has a similar effect on tires.

I've heard that bleach is good for softening them up as well. I remember back in my high school days, kids would pour bleach on their muscle car tires before doing smoke shows.
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...I've been in that Mini

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Nope. I don't really drag anything, but new tires for the mini are cheaper than new tires for one of the scoobies.

I'm just wondering how sticky, and how much breakdown of the rubber we're talking. I mean, I'm just curious, and would never ever think of using this (if it's true) for any kind of competition use where sticky tires would help... I mean that would just be wrong...
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I've heard of people using it on rubber belts to help stop squealing. It's supposed to soften up the rubber a little and make it stickier. I think it also severely shortens their life, though, so it probably has a similar effect on tires.

I've heard that bleach is good for softening them up as well. I remember back in my high school days, kids would pour bleach on their muscle car tires before doing smoke shows.
I've always done the old school bar soap trick until I can get in there and adjust things.
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a bit of testing on a junk tire may prove worthwile
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Well, I know what happens to your SUV if someone pulls a practical joke and sprays wd40 on your disc brakes. It resulted in my case a new SUV.
And you did castrate the idiot that did that, right? My god, that's a long way from a practical joke. Was anyone hurt?

A practical joke is filling someones shoes with corn flakes and shaving cream, or sewing the cuffs shut on someones pants and shirt with sail thread, or putting a four foot threaded rod in the lock hole of someone's locker and then double nutting each side with lock-tite covering the entire length of it all after putting all of the hack saw blades in their locker...
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Nope. I don't really drag anything, but new tires for the mini are cheaper than new tires for one of the scoobies.

I'm just wondering how sticky, and how much breakdown of the rubber we're talking. I mean, I'm just curious, and would never ever think of using this (if it's true) for any kind of competition use where sticky tires would help... I mean that would just be wrong...
That's why you discreatly put windshield washer nozzels in your wheel wells, replumb the hoses from the washer fluid pump and fill the washer fluid tank with the traction compound of your choice.
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my boss roundtrack races and he said the wet their tires with kerosene and wrap them with platicwrap overnight to soften them up, so maybe its something like that.
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my boss roundtrack races and he said the wet their tires with kerosene and wrap them with platicwrap overnight to soften them up, so maybe its something like that.
Soundls like you just answerd the queston.

But with WD-40 the tyres smell nicer.
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A practical joke is filling someones shoes with corn flakes and shaving cream, or sewing the cuffs shut on someones pants and shirt with sail thread, or putting a four foot threaded rod in the lock hole of someone's locker and then double nutting each side with lock-tite covering the entire length of it all after putting all of the hack saw blades in their locker...
Just off the top of your head?!
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