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Thread: Top Fuel Draster - Questions & Information

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    Top Fuel Draster - Questions & Information

    Hey all,

    My local raceway just got their new 1/8th mile drag strip up and running..

    I am a Wing racer, I've never really gotten into Drag racing, but I always said if I ever got into drag racing, I would get a Top Fuel Dragster because I like the look.

    But I don't know anything about them, what's good, what's bad...

    I'm use to "Sidewinder" gears with wing racing, but it looks like most of the dragsters are Crown gears?

    I was going to build one, but after looking into it, building the chassis/car isn't the hard part, the body detail is..

    I have been looking at this Top Fuel Dragster in the attachments.

    It comes with a ProSlot FK motor, but I would change it out to a Proslot Velociraptor motor.

    As of right now, I'm just going to "play" with it. But we all know how that turns out!

    I was advised that Top Fuel cars require a bunch of tuning/tweaking to go fast? Does anyone know more about that?

    The chassis is a D&L Chassis.

    Should I invest a couple hundred dollars in this car? or should I look at other options? Are top fuel dragsters good? or are they bastard children?

    Thanks!

    -TheChad
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    Somehere in the 1980's the 'run what you brung unlimited rail' became these scale appearing yardsticks. Good luck, bracket racing is more fun..
    I still plan to build my 10 turn double RC motor in a full sidewinder rail.
    l.d. kelley, M.A. Ramcatlarry@aol.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramcatlarry View Post
    Somehere in the 1980's the 'run what you brung unlimited rail' became these scale appearing yardsticks. Good luck, bracket racing is more fun..
    I still plan to build my 10 turn double RC motor in a full sidewinder rail.
    Could I not race it in a bracket race? Can't you race anything in a bracket race? Since your not racing heads up and really only racing the clock, the car or even the class shouldn't matter?

    -TheChad

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    TOP FUEL SHOULD ALWAYS BE THE FASTEST CLASS. Not a joke.
    l.d. kelley, M.A. Ramcatlarry@aol.com

    60 year pin 1959-2019
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    1/32 - Great Lakes Slot Car Club
    retired raceway owner 1992-2007
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    Well, I bought the car. Hopefully I didn't make a huge mistake.

    What should I hear that car for an 1/8th mile drag strip running the ProSlot VR 12 Neo Drag Motor - PS-4019BB?

    Is this a good motor? Should I run a different motor? I was thinking of the VR20 Neo Drag Motor, but I was told to be very careful because it's extremely fast and the car could end up in the wall at the end of the drag strip.... Not sure if I want to take that chance lol..

    Thanks,

    -Chad

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    In heads up racing, you need the fastest car, since the rules are 'equal'....
    In bracket racing, you are better off with the SLOWEST motor that has a stable run time so you can 'psych the competition in to screwing up.
    l.d. kelley, M.A. Ramcatlarry@aol.com

    60 year pin 1959-2019
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    IRRA, ISRA/USA, Hardbodies 1/24 &
    1/32 - Great Lakes Slot Car Club
    retired raceway owner 1992-2007
    Omni/Cidex service center

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    This is a lousy forum for drag racing questions, since most of these guys don't dragrace; you would be much better of going to Facebook & looking for one of the many slot drag-racing pages, search for Wes & Bens, or Slot Rails or Slot Drag Racing for beginners or about 20 other FB pages devoted to Slot drags. Most are about buying & selling cars, but there is lots of good info to be had too.
    Ben Kernan
    Formerly of SARN

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    Anyone know if anyone makes a box, almost like a display box for these Top Fuel dragsters?

    There's no way everyone just hauls these things to and from the track loose, to get damaged in the car or otherwise..

    But I haven't been able to find a display case type box to store the dragster in to and from the track..

    Thanks,

    -TheChad

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    Nice looking car. Good luck! Drag Racing slot cars is a blast

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    TheChad,how did you ever make out with this?I ended up with a DRS cobalt chassis that came in a lot of stuff and while I was never into drag cars I've been bitten by the bug so to speak.I have a ancient Camen 27 and a old GTO body I got back in the 90's I'm going to use so it should be fun.Also if I can find it I had a 80's pro mod body that came with the GTO someplace.So if the first goes ok I might build another,we'll see

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    I drag slot car race and also have my own shop

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    your better off with a slip-joint rail it will be a no glue car and go very fast

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    Chad you can race anything in Bracket racing

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    Chad if you only have an 1/8 mile don't run that motor with that motor you're better off on a 1/4 mile

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    chad have a slot car box built so that the rail can set all the way in and then on your storage shelf for it cut a groove for the guide flag and also a rear block to set up on and take a girl's hair tie to hold the rail in place during travel

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