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#1 Ricky Vegas

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Posted 23 August 2018 - 11:27 PM

Question for Racers.  

 

And; I really appreciate your opinions, experience and perspective.

 

Should an "amateur / honing their skills racer" have a back-up controller in their slot box?

 

Asking this question in regards to weekly or monthly club or series racing vs. individual major slot racing events like The Sano or ISRA Worlds, to name a couple.  

 

I started racing commercial slot cars in 2013 at Mike Swiss' Chicagoland Raceway. I ended up with 2 controllers pretty fast but have never had to go to my back-up due to controller malfunction.  

 

Looking forward to your replies. 

 

Thanks! 

 

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 02:28 AM

Everyone who has never hooked their controller up wrong enter your name in the replies.

 

I always have another controller with me I can use in case of a problem.


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#3 Roy Lievanos

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 05:43 AM

It's like insurance. Hope you never have to use it but glad you have it if you need it.
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Posted 24 August 2018 - 06:33 AM

I completely agree with Nelson and Roy. As sure as you sell the spare or leave it at home, some pitfall will jump up and bite you. Better safe than sorry.

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 07:01 AM

I had to go to my back-up just this past weekend.  Brain-fart, hooked up wrong, let out the magic smoke  LOL.  Having a back-up controller ensures that you have one that suits your "style", since everyone seems to "tweak" theirs to their own liking.  I find it difficult to drive with a controller that just "feels" very different.


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Posted 24 August 2018 - 08:02 AM

Never busted a controller - just one broken white wire on my Difalco did make a surprise. Luckily had a backup. And a broken wire in my choke box which dropped one setting away. Have had a backup controller about for ten years.


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Posted 24 August 2018 - 08:18 AM

If you're a competitive guy and you want to win races it's a definite yes Ricky.  Once upon a time I would have recommend you have two similar controllers so if one fails you can jump from one to the other without thinking about it too hard. These days I've made life hard for myself because with scale racing on a variety of tracks I've found some controllers suit some tracks better than others...  Aarrghhh!  


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Posted 24 August 2018 - 08:20 AM

Not too long ago, I was out to test some things on a friday at the local track. I was mainly using an old difalco external resistor controller. Well, the brake pot wasn't sitting quite right, and when I went to go get a misbehaving car, I smell something burning and there were actual flames (small ones, but still!) inside the controller. One down.

 

I put on my backup (pretty fine tuned) turbo controller to continue what I was doing, next thing I know, the wire broke at the black clip.

 

These two things happened within 10 minutes of each other.

 

So here I was down to a stock turbo that I had on me to test.... so yeah, having a backup is essential. What the backup can do, what the backup consists of... all up to you. But it should be good enough to work with your cars, and you should practice with it from time to time. They all have to work. You never know when your controller or your friend's controller is going to go poof. Plus you might find that different cars work better with one vs another, so your backup for your wing car might be your primary for your retro....

 

Then again, for some reason or other, I am up to 14 controllers. Of the 14, I think I regularly use 3 or 4. Most of the others are for sale/lend/test/learn.


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Posted 24 August 2018 - 09:28 AM

Carry a good back up controller. Your back up should be as good as your primary. 


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Posted 24 August 2018 - 10:50 AM

Sure have a a back up controller, hell have two or three. LOL  Seriously having a back up is a good idea, you can get good used controllers on EBAY that could be refurbished by the builder. Cheap insurance.

 

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Posted 24 August 2018 - 06:14 PM

I have a great DR Products 40 back up controller!! I like having it even  though I've had to use it just ONCE in 10 years of racing.  I've used it a few times just to be sure it still works well and I can drive with it--but my primary controller has NEVER broken down. 

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Posted 25 August 2018 - 11:31 PM

Outstanding feedback and really appreciated; Racers! Thank you all! Ricky .. p.s. I'll be holding onto my back-up controller!  :good:


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Posted 26 August 2018 - 03:29 PM

I always carry two, just because I can.
Another good idea is to keep extra fuses in your box too.


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Posted 27 August 2018 - 10:52 AM

Question for Racers.  

 

And; I really appreciate your opinions, experience and perspective.

 

Should an "amateur / honing their skills racer" have a back-up controller in their slot box?

 

Asking this question in regards to weekly or monthly club or series racing vs. individual major slot racing events like The Sano or ISRA Worlds, to name a couple.  

 

I started racing commercial slot cars in 2013 at Mike Swiss' Chicagoland Raceway. I ended up with 2 controllers pretty fast but have never had to go to my back-up due to controller malfunction.  

 

Looking forward to your replies. 

 

Thanks! 

 

Ricky 

 

 

 

Last season, in the middle of a heat at a club event, the brakes went out on my controller. Was grateful to have a backup in the box.


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Posted 27 August 2018 - 02:05 PM

By the time you or someone else gets your controller out of the box if you have hooked up wrong at the beginning of a heat, your chances for a good finish are pretty much gone. I can't remember the last time I saw a high end electronic controller go up in smoke in the middle of  a heat. That said, a lot of us have gotten careless about preventative maintenance.


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Posted 27 August 2018 - 03:58 PM

Like a spare tire, they're there when you need one.


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Posted 28 August 2018 - 07:51 AM

Always have a 2nd controller.
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