How to Make RC Drift Tires

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How to Make RC Drift Tires
Even this truck will drift with the right tires (rc - modell image by andreas from

RC drifting has grown in popularity over the years. Something about the cars slipping effortlessly around the track has attracted newcomers and seasoned enthusiasts alike. While prefabricated RC drift wheels are available on the market, it is less expensive--and a lot more fun--to make them yourself.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 1 foot of PVC pipe
  • 4 RC rims
  • Black permanent marker
  • Saw
  • Fine sand paper
  • Oven
  • Rubber mallet
  • Bucket of cold water

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    Size the Pipe

  1. 1

    Place all four rims in a stack, and align them beside the uncut PVC pipe. Mark off each rim so you know exactly where to cut.

  2. 2

    Cut the PVC with the saw, then sand the edges until smooth. Sand the ridges on the rim until flush all the way around; this may not be necessary if the rims are relatively flat, but ridges will make it difficult to make balanced drift tires.

  3. 3

    Put the four PVC sections into the oven at 191 degrees Celsius for about five minutes (or until somewhat soft and malleable); once they are heated, they'll be much easier to put on.

  4. 4

    Remove the four sections, then slip them over the rims (you may or may not need the rubber mallet).

  5. 5

    Drop all four of the newly made drift wheels into the bucket of cold water. This will contract the PVC, ensuring a tight fit that should not require any super glue; if they are wiggly or not snug enough, draw a fine line of super glue around the crevice where the PVC meets the rim.

  6. 6

    Mount your home-made wheels onto your chassis.

Tips and warnings

  • The PVC sections will be hot when you remove them from the oven.

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