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Discussion in 'General Pinewood Derby Discussion' started by Jupiter 2.9, Jul 28, 2019.

  1. Jupiter 2.9

    Jupiter 2.9 Hammering Axles Pro Racer

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    This is my entrance race. I have no idea how this entry will do. We are from Jupiter Fl.. & won our district & counsel race this year with a time of 2.487 on a shorter Best Trac. We are trying to collect some data & compare time to improve for next years Scout season.
    See you at the track.
    The questions will start flowing after that.

    Jupiter 2.9
     
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    HurriCrane Racing PWD Royalty Pro Racer 25+ Pro Race Wins! National Champion

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    Welcome to league racing and good luck. League racing will challenge you and definitely make you faster.
     
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    flockshot Pinewood Ninja

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    Best of luck to you.
     
  4. Gso125 Racing

    Gso125 Racing District Champion

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    Welcome have fun
     
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    Darkside District Champion

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    What's your race name and car name?
     
  6. Jupiter 2.9

    Jupiter 2.9 Hammering Axles Pro Racer

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    Jupiter 2.9 The car is Riddler. I can only hope it doesn't bang down the track, High hopes of breaking that 3.0 barrier,
    Hence the team name Jupiter 2.9
     
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    Darkside District Champion

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    Dang Jupiter... You had sub 3 until that last pass. Get that thing to settle down a bit and you'll get it next time... Decent showing first time out though. Nice job.
     
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    Brian Stanley Pinewood Ninja

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    Jupiter, it looked like to me a couple of times you were first to the bottom of the hill, you get those wiggles worked out and that thing could be a screamer!
     
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    Charles Studer Workshop Leader Pro Racer

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    Good luck and welcome! See you on the hill Friday
     
  10. Jupiter Derby 2.9

    Jupiter Derby 2.9 Hammering Axles

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    MAN, 3.0013 avg. so close. I don,t feel bad about that. I've got a couple of cars out there & was smart enough to start a history on paper so at least if I make a change I can back up. I started all my angles @ 0 except the steer.
    Not sure what I.m going to change but tighten up the rear is in order.
     
  11. Jupiter Derby 2.9

    Jupiter Derby 2.9 Hammering Axles

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    I had to watch my 1st lesson on a small device, looking forward to the replay if I can find it.
     
  12. Jimmy & his 2 Kids

    Jimmy & his 2 Kids National Contender

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    I do know tuning the rears can be a good way to find hidden speed.
     
  13. Jupiter 2.9

    Jupiter 2.9 Hammering Axles Pro Racer

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    Kind of a crab thing ?
     
  14. Jimmy & his 2 Kids

    Jimmy & his 2 Kids National Contender

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    Can also be to compensate for minor bend in the axle that a lot of axles have. But testing on a track gains of a few ten thou can be there. That can be the difference between 1st & 2nd in league racing.
     
  15. Jupiter 2.9

    Jupiter 2.9 Hammering Axles Pro Racer

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    I thought about that. It just seems counter productive to steer the rear but the rolling resistance would probably be better than banging down the track.
    I'll try it and see.
    Thanks
     
  16. Jimmy & his 2 Kids

    Jimmy & his 2 Kids National Contender

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    I can tell you this... look at close up pics of all pro cars... every axle, the DFW, the rears AND even the stationary NDFW have slots in the axles for fine tuning. My Basico (APR version of BASX) picked up speed from tuning the rears. Of course this was in the hands of an experienced league racer tuning for me for help but speed was found. You can even pick up a ten-thou just by the position of the raised NDFW. (Aero) Those slots on all 4 axles aren’t just there to assist in pushing the axles in.
    If you have access to a track for tuning... a qtr turn here and there and results logged can be surprising.
    Hope that helps. Post what you find!
    Jimmy
     
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  17. Jupiter 2.9

    Jupiter 2.9 Hammering Axles Pro Racer

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    I'm picking up what your laying down & I do look
    I don't have access to a test track so since cars are relatively cheap to build I'm going with quantity to collect my data..
    It just takes time to build up the stable.
    Maybe 2020 I'll be able to give you guys a race.
     

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