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#1 cookie4524

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 05:36 AM

It seems that most places I look are out of TQ wire, or on their last bit. It's also getting real hard to find their guide clips. Anybody know for sure? I sent an email, but no response.

 

Are there any places that still have the TQ guide clips and wire? I know PCH has some wire left, but I don't need to buy the 100 ft roll of clear Superflex 2.

 

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 08:25 AM

They for sure discontinued their guide clips. JK has a nice alternative Ive been using for over a year now with no issues.

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 12:45 PM

I bought a 100' spool, as it's hard to find.


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Posted 14 February 2020 - 03:32 PM

Mid-America has new brass clips and clone clear silicone lead wire in many lengths - but not on spools.


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Posted 14 February 2020 - 03:41 PM

I bought some of the clear back in the early 2000s just because that's what the track had hanging on the wall. It seemed more durable to me. Specifically the clear. Others seem to feel the same way so I guess there's something to it.

 

Anyway, thanks, Sean, for making me waste $85 on a spool that I'll probably never use! :mad: ;)


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Posted 15 February 2020 - 12:02 AM

They for sure discontinued their guide clips. JK has a nice alternative I've been using for over a year now with no issues.

 

That stinks, but I will have to check out them out to see how well I like them. Thanks for the heads up! 

 

I bought some of the clear back in the early 2000s just because that's what the track had hanging on the wall. It seemed more durable to me. Specifically the clear. Others seem to feel the same way so I guess there's something to it.

 

Anyway, thanks, Sean, for making me waste $85 on a spool that I'll probably never use! :mad: ;)

 

I've made those considerations too, but I am still trying to convince the local raceway to buy a spool of the clear stuff. If they do get one, I will probably be buying a majority of it anyways.   :D


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Posted 15 February 2020 - 08:17 AM

The JK ones have a little bit more silver in them and seem to take solder easier. The part number is JK U28.


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Posted 15 February 2020 - 09:21 AM

Phil,

 

Sell it here, by the foot like the tracks do. Sounds like there is a ready market. No good reason for you to take a beating on it.



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Posted 15 February 2020 - 10:00 AM

It could be that most racers are using the black 20 gauge TQ wire.

I switched to the 20 gauge a few years ago.


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Posted 16 February 2020 - 11:28 AM

Well, I found an email from Scott in my spam folder this morning saying he was sold out.

 

So the 20 ga. black works just as well as the 18 ga. clear? Danny, have you used the clear before?


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Posted 16 February 2020 - 12:32 PM

I use the 20 ga wire for several of the connections when I build a controller. As long as the wire is not copper-coated aluminium I can use any brand wire.

 

I would try Monoprice if I were looking for wire, they have copper 14 and 12 ga wire by the spool.

 

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Posted 16 February 2020 - 02:41 PM

Well, I found an email from Scott in my spam folder this morning saying he was sold out.
 
So the 20 ga. black works just as well as the 18 ga. clear? Danny, have you used the clear before?

 

I used the clear wire for a very long time. I preferred the clear because it is easy to see if there is a possible problem.

Then I started seeing everybody use the 20 gauge that is lighter than the clear 18 gauge.

So I switched to the 20 gauge and I have no problems with it.


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Posted 17 February 2020 - 04:46 PM

Here's some TQ info, I received, from one of my distributors;

 

The company that was doing the orange and the clear wire is no longer doing the orange or clear wire.

 

He is looking for other options.


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Posted 18 February 2020 - 07:23 AM

I've never tried this wire on a 1/24 scale car but it is what we use for 1/32 scale cars. We use it in the Michigan 24 hour race and have never had a problem with a wire breaking. I don't know the gauge but I think it is 22 AWG. Very soft and flexible, might be worth a try. You can get it at Slot Car Corner or Clover Leaf Racing.

 

https://slotcarcorne...0-Feet-p65.html

 

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 08:04 AM

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Alpha 18 gauge is great I have not tried the 20

 

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 12:13 PM

I asked BNTECHGO if their wire is copper washed and they replied it was tinned copper, so there is another source for pure copper wire in several gages.

 

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 12:37 PM

I have used their wire in 18 and 22 ga already - both great. And recently got the 20 ga to use for lead wires, too.

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 05:00 PM

20 ga with clear silicone. One of our best sellers.
 
MID 142 Ultra Flex Leadwire w/ clips 14 inches long 6/$2.99
MID 143 Ultra Flex Leadwire 10 feet long 20 ga clear 1/$8.95
MID 144 Ultra Flex Leadwire 50 feet long 20 ga clear 1/$43.00
 
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Non-tinned high strand copper
 
Sold by the finer distributors.
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Posted 21 February 2020 - 02:30 AM

How many strands? And is it thin insulation or thicker insulation?

May have to try some out.
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Posted 21 February 2020 - 09:56 AM

It's 301 strand with thin insulation.

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