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#1 Pat Skeggs

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 11:03 AM

I've had competive chassis last a season, about eight races and they seem fine.

 

But after about four races they never seem as fast. (Barring you didn't crash the car up). Is it because the rails loose their stiffness ?Or is it a combination of other things.

 

How long do you guys change your car out completely?


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#2 Tim Neja

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Posted 04 January 2020 - 11:57 AM

Many times it just takes a simple rebuild of the "moving parts" to refress a good chassis.  Change out the front wheels and tires--- replace the rear bearings and axle.  Be sure all the rails are straight and true and go over all the solder joints to be sure they are clean  and free of stress.  This always picks up any of my cars that have "slowed" due to the stress of racing--.  Of course--YOUR mileage may vary!! :)  :)  


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Posted 04 January 2020 - 12:35 PM

Actually, it will last until the next new "fad" in chassis design comes along.


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Posted 04 January 2020 - 12:57 PM

I used to think that was true--except I've seen Bryan Warmack win with chassis he built nearly 8 years ago!!! It seems tuning and driving have a LOT to do with winning!! :)


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Posted 04 January 2020 - 02:02 PM

I used to think that was true--except I've seen Bryan Warmack win with chassis he built nearly 8 years ago!!! It seems tuning and driving have a LOT to do with winning!! :)

 

Man, this is so true. Check some of Bryan's flat track chassis'. As Tim said, OLD! But, they sure work.


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Posted 04 January 2020 - 02:49 PM

They will usually last up to the first really hard wall shot. 

 

I remember when Jersey John lost track of his car at the R4 and found it when it slammed the wall in the deadman. It was never the same.  :shok:  :laugh2:


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Posted 04 January 2020 - 04:25 PM

They can go forever if they are taken care of and not crashed, I podiumed at the 2017 Sano in can am using a chassis built in 2014 and at the 2019 Sano the same car was my second fastest.


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Posted 04 January 2020 - 04:45 PM

Agreed.
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Posted 04 January 2020 - 05:33 PM

If there is no crash damage bending things up, usually just a resolder of critical joints will get it back. I don’t think these cars can “wear out” piano wire.
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Posted 05 January 2020 - 02:56 AM

Depends on the builder and the design of the chassis. I have a few Tony P 6 hour endoro chassis I have been racing for many years. Jimmy Williams has been racing chassis I built many years ago and winning races with them. Of course the driver is a big part of the equation too!
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Posted 05 January 2020 - 01:19 PM

On the other hand, with use a chassis might actually get better.


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Posted 06 January 2020 - 02:09 AM

I find some chassis are rugged. Meaning the will take wall shots and nerfing abuse but they may not be durable. Meaning components on the chassis just wear out from normal use without any abuse.


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Posted 06 January 2020 - 07:55 AM

The answer to this question is the same as trying to answer "What's the best: this or that?"


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Posted 30 January 2020 - 02:49 AM

I still run my original cars from 2014-15. Only things changed have been angled brackets and Swiss tongues. Take care of them, clean when done using, and so on.


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