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#1 gatormark

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 05:39 PM

Are there any tips or tricks to keep braids from bulgeing or popping up when ya come out of the slot? I noticd last week when running black I came out on a real sharp 140 and from the drivers station I could see the braids were sticking up like somebody pulled on them. Needlesss to say I played heck getting thru the heat( lost the race) and the car kept coming out due to the braids. Any help would be appreciated.


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Posted 13 August 2017 - 06:05 PM

If the braids are new before the race they should stay flat unless your taking multiple hits or the car is moved backwards across the track.

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 06:07 PM

Your braid shouldn't be getting jacked from a minor deslot.
 
The biggest mistake I see when racers adjust braid, is that they don't crease it well enough.
 
When you're adjusting the angle, you should be pushing forward with your thumbs, to "set" the crease.
 
Below is what I would consider a pretty optimum adjusted braid.

 

Notice how tightly the braid wraps around the front of the guide?

 

If yours don't look like that, they are probably not creased well enough.
 
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Posted 13 August 2017 - 06:11 PM

NO reason you should not have been able to adjust your braid in the last heat to keep this problem from happening.  When you despot--you're allowed to braid the car! Shouldn't be a big problem?


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Posted 13 August 2017 - 06:28 PM

Mike I do crease them but for the life of me they kept popping up. Now I do use some lighter fluid to clean them every other heat to insure good contact, would that cause a problem?


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Posted 13 August 2017 - 06:30 PM

No, lighter fluid wouldn't be an issue.

 

What brand braid are you using?


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Posted 13 August 2017 - 10:28 PM

Mark I'll show you how to adjust them and run them when I see you Saturday.





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