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Thread: Slot Car Racer Today

  1. #3226
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    Yup, that's right Mike and Mic, it was a Koford Competitor in .518" diameter. This is your first report, Mic, because I had ordered Koford arms quite a while ago, had some nice new set ups ready to go with .540" airgaps (thanks for honing CRASH CODGER), but as of yet have not seen above mentioned arms. Luckily I saw just what I needed in Frank's showcase last night and....

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    I figured that when you said you ran an 8 tooth pinion.
    Those probably work fine on a faster track where you can really use the punch.
    The one I have been racing on at Bristolville is super tight and I am still just trying to keep from crashing, not really racing on at least half the lanes.
    Hopefully I will be able to figure that place out one of these days.

    Congrats on your excellent results George!
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    SCR
    From the picture the .518 arm was a success. the report I was looking for was a comparison to the .540 dia motors as far as drive-ability because you could probably win with an RTR car.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mic Byrd View Post
    SCR
    From the picture the .518 arm was a success. the report I was looking for was a comparison to the .540 dia motors as far as drive-ability because you could probably win with an RTR car.
    I used it in the LMP class with X25/C11 chassis, Audi R10 body. Quite honestly it drove about the same as my big arm car, I went back and forth between the two cars and they were getting the same lap times. The drive quality was pretty much identical, it seemed like the higher gearing on the small arm car softened it, yet it had sufficient torque to push the car fast. It's kinda turned me upside down for sure!
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    So you opened up the airgap to .540 to soften it up a little?
    I find this very interesting and it would save a lot of time honing.

    I enjoy this class very much, the cars are quite fast and driveable for the money.

    Now if we could get someone to start producing metal spur gears again...

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    Thanks for the Info that fits in with everything I've heard also.
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    I felt inspired today to do some maintenance work on one of my eurosport chassis. This one is the Gugu Piero Brazil Edition chassis, one of nine that Piero made for the 2011 Nats. I went through this one with a fine toothed comb disassembling it per Piero's instructions, making sure all is flat and true, then used my Little Gus to clean it up nicely and finally apply a nice coat of oil and put in a fresh Ziploc bag. Feels like housekeeping did well today.

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    Explain Little Gus please??
    thx

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    Mike
    I believe Little Gus is a bristle brush set up that is the best thing to clean a steel chassis bar none. SCR was Given a set I forget by who think his name was Gus. you can get them from amazon.com . you use three singles stacked on an 1/8 arbor. they have become 1 of the best tools I have and a big time saver if you run steel chassis that love to rust. I believe Gus use's them on brass retro chassis also. Maybe his primary use.
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    Dremel also makes those Rubber detail brushes to fit their EZ mandrels.

    http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-EZ473SA.../dp/B002E9GUE0
    and
    http://www.amazon.com/Dremel-EZ472SA.../dp/B002E9GUDQ

    I use them all the time now. And you can pick them up at the local Lowes or Home Depot if your track doesn't carry them.
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    GearBear, always the man with the tool know-how, those look like good polishers too. And Mic is right, what I refer to as "Little Gus" as named after my friend Gusty Toy, is a Scotch Brite 3M item found here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Brite-R...d_sbs_indust_1

    What I love about these products is they are made for cleaning steel slot car chassis. Do you have "Chassis OCD" like so many people? Don't worry about that psycho condition, you now have the info to get the best polishing solution.

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    George,

    What grit do you use most often? I see that there are 6 different grits available in those vs the two in the Dremel line.
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    Gary
    the yellow ones are 80 grit sounds very abrasive but they really aren't. They are the only ones I use .work great cleaning pinions also
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    Yup, Mic is right, the yellow are the best. I tried the #120 brown wheels and they were not very effective. Good ol' Gusty knew what he was doing when he found these wheels.

    Gary, here's another website you might find interesting for getting things like polishing wheels:

    http://www.seattlefindings.com/

    I use this wheel a lot:

    http://www.seattlefindings.com/Silic...PK_p_1414.html

    It removes extra solder, but does not remove extra metal at all
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    On the Dremel brushes, the white ones are 120 grit and the brown ones are 220. I find the white ones too coarse for many things, but they do a great job of removing solder from brass pans where you don't want it

    The brown ones are the ones I typically use. They leave a "brushed" finish rather than a polished finish.

    I'll have to look into getting the 3m ones.
    Gary Johnson

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