seal666 wrote:Currently I run with magnets, but am willing to change. I did plan on picking up new tires this weekend when the snow clears, didn't know which to go with, urethane, silicone or ninco rubber ( which work well on my Carrera 50s sports cars, the old sliding mag type. Don't have use of my left hand for next 6 monthes, going thru some agent orange related issues, but have read articles on HRW for more modern cars to replace drive spring with tubing. Will give that a try when I can. Also want to do Harrys guide modification.
The cartrix cars I like are the Lotus, Bugatti, Gordini and BRM. What front end fixes are needed?. Any remotor advice. I should note that each of my 2 lanes has a separate adjustable power supply, so I might be able to balance things out.
I appreciate everyone's input
Hi Bob, Considering that you have adjustable power supplies for both lanes, it might not be a bad idea to first try to adjust the performance between the Cartrix/Scaley motors using different voltages........certainly a lot easier than motor swaps/tuning....especially for the next 6 months, or until your hand mends.
It also may be a good idea to stick with the magnets until your hand is better as both the Scaley and the Cartrix cars will require some modifications for enjoyable non magnet running, that, although not overly difficult, are much easier executed with two working hands.
While the narrow Ninco tires are quite good, you will notice more of a grip improvement with either the silicone or urethane tires, but, the improvement is only significantly noticeable should you remove the magnets..........the magnet has a far greater effect on holding your cars on the track /providing grip than any compound of tire......once the magnet lets go, no tire in the world is going to keep the car on the track.
Replacing the spring in the scaley cars is never a bad idea, and will result in a smoother/quieter car.....always good, and much more important on a non magnet car.
Harry's guide tips are wonderful, and there are a few other Scaley guide tips on HRW as well.........the stock guide, and its relative lack of left/right rotation are not an issue with a car with a magnet....the car flies off the track well before the left/right guide stops are reached, but, on a non magnet car, a lack of sufficient guide rotation can/will lead to guide/chassis breakages.
As far as the Cartrix front end mods.,....most folks will place a piece of 3/32 id. tubing (plastic,brass.aluminum) over the front axle (one tire/wheel must be removed/replaced ) and this assembly is then glued into the front axle carrier, with the front tires resting on the track. This significantly stabilizes the front end, and vastly improves the handling, as it reduces the tendency for the car to "tip" in corners.....which these narrow cars certainly have a tendency to do.
Hope this helps.......and shout out if/when you need more help.