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Is there a basic Car Prep guide anywhere

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I see a lot of you guys talking about trueing your tyres (which I think I get), but you also talk about gluing in, tightening some other stuff and so on.

I had a look through the resources bit but couldn't find much.

Is there a guide for the basic stuff that you should check and do on a car, and also how to do it?
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My question for "The Governor" is why would you want to do all this?

Is it because you feel pressured into doing this by your slot car peer group?

Why don't you make a concious decision to not do it and keep your cars standard!

You can have much more club slot car fun with 4 standard Scalextric Minis that all perform very similarly than with any mix of cars in various states of tune.

And for the folk who are talling about a Carrera event, why not have a Scalextric Mini event?

Many more of us have the Scalextric Mini than the Carrera Le Mans cars even allowing for the Argos specials.

I would bet anybody here that you would have more fun with the Scalextric Minis than you would with the Carrera Ferraris given that you turn up to race them in box standard form instead.

Whilst acknowledging that this may go slightly off topic I feel that "The Governors" original question has been answered as the info at the various web sites mentioned probably cannot be bettered.

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Thats a good point about "tuning", "set up", and "modifying", and the differences.

So lets get this straight.

Would I be right in saying that "modifying" is the act of replacing parts with different parts in the hope that the car goes quicker/goes for longer and creating a car that is not box standard?

And "set up" is the act of making the existing standard parts work better with less friction and wobbles but ultimately not altering the appearance of the existing box standard parts.

And "tuning" is the act of physically altering the existing standard parts to make the car go quicker/last longer whilst staying within box standard club racing rules.

If this is so, then "set up" is not a problem for anybody as we all want our cars to last longer and run smoother.

But "tuning" is in my mind rule bending and straying outside the spirit of box standard racing and is cheating.

And "modifying" is clearly something to be done where rules permit non standard parts and goes beyond tuning and is not an issue at an event that allows it.

It is the "tuning" thing that I am not keen on as it is race fixing.

It is of course possible to apply "tuning" when "modifying" so that non standard parts are altered to gain advantage.

This is all very murky stuff.

The web sites refered to above don't really make it clear what is murky and what isn't. Maybe they should.

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