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Mabuchi motor variation?

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Evening all, has anyone noticed the extreme variaton in performance among the Mabuci motors that Scalextric and Fly are using lately? I have just been handed a most disappointing Scalextric Camaro. It was supposed to run against their Mustang. The chassis are the same, sidewinder layout. Length and track are the same. The Mustang runs a 4.2 second lap (best on 55.3 feet of track) The Camaro barely runs 5.3 seconds. Two weeks ago I bought two Fly 917 porsches, one runs 4.8 seconds, the other 4.4 seconds. they are tuned identically for competition with each other. .4 seconds is a very large gap on the track. All these cars have their stock Mabuchi motors. The faster motors have been switched among the cars and the variaton lies with the motors. I'm considering always buying the Slot It motor, the way I always buy better tires and magnets when I buy a new car. (So I can spend more money to field a car.) I'll stop whining now. Anyone else?
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I have noticed exactly the same characteristics.

But I also found out that if you buy a replacement Fly motor, that those are the strongest motors. I tried this 4 times now and always the replacement motor was by far stronger and faster than the motor that was in the car that I bought brand new!!!!!

The variation with the motors in the cars a very wide. So to talk about an equal race is simply wrong!! Yes, Fly say that they are toys, but if you use them for racing, you have to find a away to solve this problem!


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