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#1 Pablo

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Posted 12 October 2021 - 12:12 PM

How do the cool guys set the heights of front wheels - up way off the track, touch and roll, or light touch and roll? Or does it depend on the car?

 

Can I assume it's bad for them to pick up track scum? Does anybody use nail polish to harden them?

 

Thank you, signed, clueless newbie in Mississippi  :o  :)


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Posted 12 October 2021 - 12:24 PM

I use primarily oring tires. Always off the track though, different diameters of orings help and sanding flat on the fatter orings help also. Depending upon the body clearance will determine what overall size will fit under the body. I've seen some where guys hotglue model wheels/tires into the wheel well. Personally I prefer if they spin even if they don't touch. Most tracks smooth but any imperfection in surface could result in a touching front to deslot the car. Also don't want anything to reduce the downforce on the guide.
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Posted 12 October 2021 - 12:51 PM

Hot glue the wheels to the wells? LOL That pretty much answers all my questions, thanks Charles  :good:


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Posted 12 October 2021 - 05:25 PM

At our track wheels must spin & be the lowest point if car tilts in slot.

I set them up so they touch when there's no braid in the guide so they are braid thickness off the deck.
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Posted 12 October 2021 - 05:29 PM

At our track wheels must spin & be the lowest point if car tilts in slot.

I set them up so they touch when there's no braid in the guide so they are braid thickness off the deck.


Thats the perfect setup!
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Posted 12 October 2021 - 06:07 PM

That's good news too, because that's how I just set up my Mini Cooper. The independent axles are rod, not wire, so they can be tweaked a little from track to track


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Posted 20 October 2021 - 01:31 PM

Thanks for all your advice. I think it worked well on my Mini Cooper, check it out:

 

Talladega Nights 1/24 Mini Cooper drag car - YouTube

 

 


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