After R/C body painting, one of the things that I hate the most in R/C is tire gluing. Of course, some companies offer pre-mounted tires but for personal reasons, I prefer mounting my tires myself. When I glue R/C tires, I usually glue 8 or 12 tires at the time.
It takes me a lot of time and after 3 or 4 tires, my thumbs start hurting and the glue application is not uniform all around the bead. I’m sure you all know what happens when a tire is not correctly glued to the wheel, dirt goes between the tire and the wheel and this will make regluing almost impossible.
This is where Phin Design comes to rescue with the 1/8 buggy tire gluing jig. This thing is the best invention since sliced bread! It makes tires gluing a breeze and will make you save time…. A lot of time.
The jig is made of robust black plastic comes unassembled. Assembling instructions are included but not really necessary because the design is simple and well done. It took me less than 10 minutes to assemble the jig.
To glue your tires, you must, of course, mount the tire to the wheel and then insert the tire/wheel into the jig and clamp the cover. An aluminum pin centers the wheel in the jig. Once clamped, the wheel and tire will separate about 1/8” to open the bead so the glue can go low enough in the bead for a perfect gluing. Now, all you have to do is to put a small amount of glue all around the wheel and release the clamp. Voilà, it is done and well done! When releasing the clamp, the tire sits back perfectly to the wheel, you don’t need to readjust the tire to the wheel. Gluing one side of a tire now takes less than 30 seconds.
The Phin Design 1/8 buggy tire gluing jig costs around 38$. For more information, you can directly contact Phin Design at firstname.lastname@example.org