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Thread: Has this ever happened to you ...?

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    Has this ever happened to you ...?

    I raced B Production with my Jersey and PA slot car friends at Speedzone Raceway yesterday (01/27); for the second time in as many races the (left side extended) Cahoza end bell tab broke off during the race. No prior collision, it just up and separated itself from the motor.

    Is this a known (except to me) weakness in the end bell hardware?


    Tony
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    Yes it has happened to me, two or three times in wing racing. I tried to stay away from the Cahoza hardware, using the ProSlot copper hardware if I could. You could also make sure your leadwires don't move when the guide flag turns, because this "pulling" is what breaks that tab off.
    Chase Walker

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    plated aluminum,

    Whether it is the gold or the nickel plating they will probably fracture.
    Poor armature balance creates one heck of a rpm induced "shake".
    Tony, try taking a piece of heavy copper wire and silver solder it under the tab bent at a 90 degree.
    This will probably cure the problem if you have other end bells with this hardware.
    Work harder. Millions on welfare depend on you!

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    Just like Chase, I tend to switch out my Cahoza hardware for the copper ProSlot hardware. Better electrically, and better longevity. A win win situation.
    Gary Johnson

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    Gary, Ron and Chase .....thanks for commiserating and the tips.

    Tony
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    Tony didn't know this happened I Also use only the Proslot copper hardware for this very reason.
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    Thanks Mic, see you in February!

    Tony
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    As they guys above have stated switch to the copper hood gear.
    It is also a better electrical conductor than the silver hoods.
    Cahoza hoods are plated and that's another area for a poor conductor of power.

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