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#1 Bstan26

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Posted 05 November 2020 - 12:30 AM

So I'm wanting to get back into slot car racing. I remember racing with my grandad but never really learned how to set up a car. I do remember running Hawk 7 motors and running in a drag strip.

 

I'm not sure how to start and any advice would be very appreciated.


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Posted 05 November 2020 - 07:42 AM

Brandon, do you want to do drag racing or road circuit racing? At home or commercially? What scale cars are you thinking about? HO,1/43, 1/32, or 1/24? There is one commercial raceway in MS, but I forget where it's located. Slotblog has a raceway locater listed by state. They drag race in Arkansas, but I don't know how close you might be to them.


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Posted 05 November 2020 - 12:00 PM

Greetings and welcome Brandon!

 

There is a plethora of information on this site (I'm always learning something new every time I log on - LOL!) and any questions you might have, most likely has been covered.

 

Yet still, go ahead and ask away.

 

Again, welcome!

 

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Posted 05 November 2020 - 12:07 PM

Welcome Brandon. I only suggest you support your local raceway as opposed to buying over the internet. There are few items your local store can't get that a store across the country can. Most of all, have fun. 


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Posted 05 November 2020 - 02:35 PM

Im pretty sure we went up to Columbia, Tennessee to race which is about 3 and a half hours from me. They had a road course and a drag strip. Id like to drag race with 1/24 or 1/25. Im not sure how the gear ratios and pinions work or what size tires. Id like a consistent bracket car that would run about 50mph in the 1/8 mile. I read something about a free floating rear and have no idea how that works
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Posted 05 November 2020 - 03:47 PM

I'd go to the nearest track  and find out what they are racing there!  You'll want to know what class's and style of cars.  Best to see what the locals are doing.


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Posted 05 November 2020 - 03:59 PM

Hi the floating rear end chassis is possibly a slip joint chassis go look up Hump chassis on Facebook they seem popular.

But really as Tim said above your best bet is to go talk to the people at the track you want to race at they will have a better idea of what works there.
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Posted 05 November 2020 - 05:45 PM

I know they race 1/24 and 1/25 cars for bracket racing. Im just clueless on all of the crown gear and how many teeth and what not
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Posted 05 November 2020 - 05:54 PM

Here is a car with a reasonably priced motor proslot sell & have been playing with they have all there specs up on the post.
They get 64mph in 1000ft so it might be good for 50 in the 1/8.

https://www.facebook...16451841828556/

You could also send them a pm & they might have a recommended gear for the 1/8.

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Posted 06 November 2020 - 05:22 PM

Can someone explain the pros and cons for inline and sidewinder?
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Posted 06 November 2020 - 07:35 PM

Don't know really much & I'm not an expert.

But I see sidewinder/anglewinder as a better option an inline setup wants to twist the car down it's length trying to pull one of the rear tires of the track.

A sidewinder will torque up more evenly thru the rear wheels & want to lift the nose of the car it might require a little more weight on the front to keep it down but it should be a smoother more predictable running car.

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Posted 07 November 2020 - 10:58 AM

Brandon, Charlie's Garage in Pearl, MS has both roadcourse tracks & a drag strip. You don't indicate where you are, but how far away is Pearl?


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Posted 12 November 2020 - 08:32 PM

Does anyone have a recommendation on a controller? Because I was looking at the DD420 and it seems to be pretty reliable from what Ive read.
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Posted 13 November 2020 - 08:49 AM

The DD420 would be my choice. :)


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