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    So I get my brand new 30x9.5 BFG A/T KO's and guess what happens? I run over a big chunk of tar that seems to like my tires quite a bit... So anyways, Ive got this big section of tar stuck to the tread of my tires... cleaned most of it off with a butter knife, but there is still some stuck in the sipes... Is there any quick way to get this crap off?

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    To remove road tar you need a solvent. Most commercial tar removers contain petroleum distillate combined with lubricants. Probably not good for tires.

    Try some peanut butter, it has been known to remove tar.
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    Lots of MUD, ROCK, SAND, and more ROCKs.

    Nothing like a good off-road trip to get rid of tar on tires.
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    Have you tried heating it with a blow torch?

    (Sorry, just kiddin'. I mean a heat gun.)

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    diesel fuel takes tar off. Brush it in and wash off the tire when your done.
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    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by darth_bobo:
    diesel fuel takes tar off. Brush it in and wash off the tire when your done.</font>
    YUP! So does Kerosene...in fact it works BETTER than anything else I've found! HTH

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    WD-40 or Simple Green concentrate

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    Go about 95 when its the same temperature outside, that oughta do it.
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    Will diesel fuel or Kerosene hurt the tires? I was under the impression that petroleum products hurt rubber...

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    Rather than a torch, try a hair dryer. Stuff gets kinda gummy like when hot, so that may be enought to pull it off there.

    Speaking of, why would you want to take the tar off??? Extra traction for the rocks

    If the heat fails, try calling a local tire shop. I'd call all of them before I'd put a solvent like the fuels mentioned, on my rubber (oh wait, we are talking about tires still right )

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