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    Exclamation Soaking Wheels in Diesel Fuel

    I did it, I know diesel softens rubber. The wheels slide a whole lot better on concrete, but haven't tried them on asphalt, but I assume it will have them same effect. The original concept of this was to make the wheels wear down faster, therefore slide better.

    Let me know what you think the wheels will do on asphalt as I will not be able to try until next weekend.
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    Default Re: Soaking Wheels in Diesel Fuel

    Quote Originally Posted by rmlred View Post
    I did it, I know diesel softens rubber. The wheels slide a whole lot better on concert, but haven't tried them on asphalt, but I assume it will have them same effect. The original concept of this was to make the wheels wear down faster, therefore slide better.

    Let me know what you think the wheels will do on asphalt as I will not be able to try until next weekend.
    first off, why did you try this in the first place? you could have ruined the wheels.

    Second, how will you not be able to find a road until next week? do you live on a boat or something?

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    Default Re: Soaking Wheels in Diesel Fuel

    Considering how most of us havent tried this... maybe its better if you tell us.
    I find sliding on asphalt a little esier than concrete. Wheels stick less.
    You'll have to wait and see.
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    Default Re: Soaking Wheels in Diesel Fuel

    Quote Originally Posted by rmlred View Post
    I did it, I know diesel softens rubber. The wheels slide a whole lot better on concert
    Whats sliding on concert? In concept? On concrete?

    Good idea though, it may ruin your wheels, but if it doesnt you just helped out the community. Im thinking this would make it a butteryer slide

    Oh yeah, but remember longboard wheels arent rubber, they are urethane so it may be different

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    Default Re: Soaking Wheels in Diesel Fuel

    Quote Originally Posted by gato7 View Post
    first off, why did you try this in the first place? you could have ruined the wheels.

    Second, how will you not be able to find a road until next week? do you live on a boat or something?
    Did you not read my post, "the original concept was to make the wheels wear down faster". I don't care if I ruined the wheels I can always buy more or use my other sets.

    No, I live about 15 miles from anything skate-able, Im going on vacation next weekend

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    Default Re: Soaking Wheels in Diesel Fuel

    good experiment me thinks.
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    Default Re: Soaking Wheels in Diesel Fuel

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreenMachine View Post
    Whats sliding on concert? In concept? On concrete?

    Good idea though, it may ruin your wheels, but if it doesnt you just helped out the community. Im thinking this would make it a butteryer slide

    Oh yeah, but remember longboard wheels arent rubber, they are urethane so it may be different
    Sorry about the spelling I over looked the spell check correction.

    I use to know the scientific reason to what the diesel actually did to the rubber/urethane, all I remember is it breaks down certain chemicals down therefore making them softer.

    Quote Originally Posted by alexxdb View Post
    Considering how most of us havent tried this... maybe its better if you tell us.
    I find sliding on asphalt a little esier than concrete. Wheels stick less.
    You'll have to wait and see.
    But Ive always heard the "harder wheels=better sliding" We'll find out one way or another.

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    Default Re: Soaking Wheels in Diesel Fuel

    The raw materials needed to make most plastics come from petroleum.

    Diesel is petroleum based so in theory it just kinda dilutes the plastic.

    Or so me thinks...


    Awesome thread BTW!

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    Default Re: Soaking Wheels in Diesel Fuel

    Quote Originally Posted by rmlred View Post
    Sorry about the spelling I over looked the spell check correction.

    I use to know the scientific reason to what the diesel actually did to the rubber/urethane, all I remember is it breaks down certain chemicals down therefore making them softer.



    But Ive always heard the "harder wheels=better sliding" We'll find out one way or another.
    That's not true, at all. Some of the best sliding/most popular sliding wheels on the market are 78a-81a.
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    Default Re: Soaking Wheels in Diesel Fuel

    Just in from riding the wheels for about 15 mins on my concrete driveway(or lack there of) and the wheels are clearly wearing down faster, and gripping and sliding on demand. The wheels are changing back to the original color on the contact surface of the wheel and a pounder like substance is collecting on the side walls of the wheels(likely particles of the wheel) Still cant wait to try them on the asphalt.

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    Default Re: Soaking Wheels in Diesel Fuel

    Hmm. Really interested to see how this works. If it ends up helping the sliding, I'll try it with an old set of wheels. How long would you say you soaked them for?

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    Default Re: Soaking Wheels in Diesel Fuel

    Quote Originally Posted by MRobley View Post
    How long would you say you soaked them for?
    I want to know too, i have a set of crappy Element wheels and i would definetley do this to get a grippy buttery sliding wheel

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    Default Re: Soaking Wheels in Diesel Fuel

    Quote Originally Posted by alexxdb View Post
    Considering how most of us havent tried this... maybe its better if you tell us.
    I find sliding on asphalt a little esier than concrete. Wheels stick less.
    You'll have to wait and see.
    Whats the difrent between concrete and asphalt?
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    Default Re: Soaking Wheels in Diesel Fuel

    Quote Originally Posted by SunSet6 View Post
    Whats the difrent between concrete and asphalt?
    Asphalt is more slidey

    unless, of course, the concrete is shiney slick but the only place you're gonna find that is inside somewhere like lowes.

    Broom finish (grainy) concrete SUCKS

    Go to a local academy, grab a cheapo airwalk board off the shelf and find a spot where no one is around, get a bit o speed and slide that mofo, them floors be SLICK!

    Tech answer: Concrete is made with cement and rocks where as the asphalt (black-top) is rocks and lots of tar oil gunk.

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    Default Re: Soaking Wheels in Diesel Fuel

    wait, whats the point of this? why not just get different duro wheels?
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    Default Re: Soaking Wheels in Diesel Fuel

    Which fuel is best for sliding?

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    Default Re: Soaking Wheels in Diesel Fuel

    Quote Originally Posted by CRASS View Post
    wait, whats the point of this? why not just get different duro wheels?
    Quote Originally Posted by rmlred View Post
    Did you not read my post, "the original concept was to make the wheels wear down faster". I don't care if I ruined the wheels I can always buy more or use my other sets.
    Quote Originally Posted by dstolman View Post
    good experiment me thinks.


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    Which fuel is best for sliding?
    I'm guessing the kind that makes you feel like your heads on fire and your ass is catching.

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    Default Re: Soaking Wheels in Diesel Fuel

    Quote Originally Posted by MRobley View Post
    Hmm. Really interested to see how this works. If it ends up helping the sliding, I'll try it with an old set of wheels. How long would you say you soaked them for?
    Around 4 hours.. I plan on soaking them for a day or too before I try them on asphalt.(praying the whole wheel doesn't disintegrate and leaves just the bearings on the trucks)

    I suggest doing it a little bit at a time to see how your wheels take it.

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    Default Re: Soaking Wheels in Diesel Fuel

    Quote Originally Posted by EhTeam420 View Post
    Which fuel is best for sliding?
    Well Im aware that synthetic racing fuel has no effect on the wheels.

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