Understanding Paul Gage Tires is a simple and graphic reference chart that will help you choose the perfect Paul Gage tires.
Sold in pairs (2 tires). Image shown is generic, each tire model has different measurements.
Paul Gage has been making urethane tires for many years now. Paul lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba and his tires have become very popular for home racers as replacements for most of the original tires that come with the various cars available on the market, and they're also compatible with CB Design and Slot.it wheels. Urethane tires are perfect for most track surfaces and are pretty forgiving if there's some dust in the track environment.
Paul Gage Tires all have a rounded profile on the outside and have a very flat and shiny traction surface (the inside profile is rougher, from the moulding process). Urethane tires are easy to sand and profile the way you want them to be.
As there is a wide variety of wheel sizes out there, the following numbering scheme has been created to facilitate your choice:
Digits 1-2: outer diameter (in mm)
Digits 3-4: width (in mm)
Digit 5: width of the center rib (in mm)
Most center ribs have a thickness of 1.0 mm. Some cars from Monogram and Carrera (mostly) have 1.5 or 2.0mm-thick center ribs. XD and XXD after the model number indicate taller center grooves on the tires to accomodate those wheels.
Here's some more information on the suffixes that some tire models have after the numbers.
- LM - designates a tire with a larger center opening (lower profile sidewalls)
- XD - designates a tire with a deeper center groove for wheels with a taller center rib
- XXD - designates a tire with an even deeper center groove for wheels with a very tall center rib
- FF – designates an F1 series tire with the fatter sidewalls
- SE – designates tires with a new sidewall style designed to have more of a “street look” typical of bias ply and early radial tires
- V – designates small vintage size tires with 2mm grooves (e.g. Scalex 50’s F1, MGB, 300SLR, CBD 14x6)