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Anyone racing the Torinos from Carrera? The guide flag depth is pathetic. Due to this the car is the king of deslots. About 1/16" of the flag on the leading edge is in the slot while it sinks to a full 1/8" near the middle of the flag then tapers back out again. This leaves an even 3/16" of guide flag unused.

I intend to sleeve the hole for the guide flag mount on the chassis. This sleeve will be the same depth as the original hole in the chassis but shifted trackwards 1/8th of an inch. This way I can still use the original guide flag. It hasn't been done yet because a friend asked to run the car this weekend in stock form to see firsthand how bad it chokes.

Makes me wonder if Carrera has ever seen slot cars before


How are you 'fixing' this problem?

edit: This is a picture I ganked from Ziggy on another slot car website
I uploaded it my personal webspace so we aren't stealing any bandwidth from him.

 

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People here have suggested using the sprung Ninco guide. I've tried it on a Carrera 575 running on scalextric sport track and it works well. You didn't say what track you're using?

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Also TSRF has a nice guide that seems to be made for Carrera.
 

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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
I run on routed tracks, Scalextric Sport tracks, Riggens track and old Scalextric track. Kind of run the gammut, eh? The only thing the tracks have in common is the bonehead operating the controller
Anything from 12v - 18v too. Yeah, it makes setting up cars a little tricky at times
Hopefully I can at least convince the track owners to use the same voltage because that's the biggest problem I have. Well, besides a decided lack of talent for 1/32nd scale cars so far


I don't want to use a spring loaded guide flag because I keep thinking 'pogo stick'. The TSRF flags are in use on a few of my other cars (but not on my TSRF car?) but I'm looking to stick with the stock stuff as far as possible simply because that is one of my idiosyncracies. I do the same with my real cars too, scares the engineers
I like to keep them on their toes.
 

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Pardon me if I'm suggesting the obvious here ...
Have you thought of reducing the diameter of your front tyres?
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Reducing the diameter of the tires won't do the job but in my case, it is also against the rules. I'm supposed to have tread showing
Yeah, I don't get it either
If you take the tires off the front so it rides on the wheels it's about the right height. So I'd have to remove quite a bit of tire, roughly half way through the Good Year logo.

Good thinking though.
 

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If you can't sand the front tyres, my next option would be to find one or two washers of the right diameter and use them as shims between the chassis and the guide. That would transfer your problem to being one of keeping the guide in the chassis. A self-tapping screw and small washer should work here, rules permitting.
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re lowriders shim idea i shaved the guide mount flush with top of the chassis. lets the guide run deeper. then cut a 3/16 inch plastic shim to fit over the guide post.
 

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QUOTE (Difflock @ 15 Dec 2004, 14:17)Notwithstanding the fact that the Goodyear tyres are the same ones as on the Superbird/Daytona in the pic.
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Maybe not, the Professor Motor site lists 2 different Indy Grip tires for the Carrera Mopar NASCARS and the Torinos? P/N IG7009 and IG7013, respectively. Seems odd to have different size tires when the 1:1 cars had the same size? Anybody able to verify the different sizes?
 

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Discussion Starter · #13 ·
I forgot about modding this car already. Sheesh, I can forget anything.

I don't have access to a track right now but the guide flag is now lower in the groove. I just did a quick and dirty 'fix'. Took a 3/16" diameter piece of brass tubing and cut it to fit the guide flag. Then I drilled out the plastic chassis to 3/16" and pressed in the small bit of brass tubing. Now the factory guide flag pops in and out just like factory only it sits about 1/8" lower.

I should have converted this stuff to metric, sorry about that. I wasn't thinking.

Now I just need to abuse it to see if this is a legit fix or just a temporary band-aid.
 
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