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(I asked a similar question to this a week or so back, but that was in relation to Scalextric cars, so the answers I got there wouldn't apply here)

I've got a Fly BMW M3 rally car which really needs a sprung or floating guide. I've read that the Ninco sprung guides have an odd post size. Is this correct? If so, is there a sprung or floating guide that is a plug & play replacement for the standard "rally track unfriendly" Fly one? Now I come to think of it, I also have a couple of old SCX rally cars with fixed guides as well.....

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I have a ninco sprung guide in my fly lancia 037, it fits fine. doesnt make it that much better as a rally car fly cars have a very low ground clearance.
 

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The Ninco guides should be OK for the early SCX cars. They used to fit Fly cars too, but Fly reduced the size of their guide posts. If you can find some, the Fly Trucks have sprung guides which are the smaller post size so can be used on the later Flys. The Fly Truck guides can also be used on Revell cars, but I think are a bit tight from memory.
 

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Thank you both for the input. I'll order a pack of Ninco guides and see how I get on.
 

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Does it really needs a sprung or floating guide - or is the problem that the guide is currently at the wrong height?

With many types of car a guide at the correct fixed height (for the type of track you are using) works better that a sprung or floating guide. That may or may not hold true for your car and track, but it's worth experimenting with adjusting the guide height and seeing how that compares with a sprung or floating guide.
 

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QUOTE (300SLR @ 12 Jan 2012, 11:36) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Does it really needs a sprung or floating guide - or is the problem that the guide is currently at the wrong height?
Yes, it needs some downward movement in the guide. All my later SCX (post 6xxxx) rally cars, and my sole Team Slot car, run fine but any cars with fixed guides (Scalextric or 8xxxx series SCX, and the Fly car that's the actual subject of this thread) lose contact with the rails on my rally track.
 
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