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I have a 4’ tunning board ready to go. What height should the top be?

Discussion in 'Ask The Pros' started by Pack76oldtown, Apr 4, 2019.

  1. Pack76oldtown

    Pack76oldtown Pack Champion

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    I have a 4’ tunning board ready to go. What height should the top be from the ground?
     
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    DuckOfAllTrades League Racer

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    I literally just asked this question the other day, ha ha.

    I didn't get a definitive answer as everyone's tuning board and preference is different I think. My best guess is just enough for the car to roll. I ended up going 1/4 of an inch, maybe a little more. Also a good idea to level it so the cars will roll straight. I did this by placing a marble at the top, watching it roll down, and shimming it up until it went in a semi straight line to the bottom.
     
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    I read once on here between 1-2 degrees. I shoot for 1.5 degrees. But please remember I am NOT a expert.
     
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    AceMontana District Champion Pro Racer

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    I use the method of just enough to roll with gravity but I'm no pro either
     
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    HurriCrane Racing PWD Royalty Pro Racer 25+ Pro Race Wins! National Champion

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    I don't think that the degree of angel in the tuning board is extremely critical. Consistency in the roll is the key. Don't set it up so that the car is screaming down the board. The call it a slow roll for a reason. LOL.
     
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    Charles Studer Workshop Leader Pro Racer

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    Mine is about 3/8" fall over 4'
     

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