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  • #16
    Great how-to article, MG. There's another quick-fix for the sloppy Fly Classic front wheels that's not as extensive as this and can be done with only an Exacto knife. Just remove the stub axles and cut about 1/16 inch off the end of each one, then replace them in the wheel. This removes the slop that allows the wheels to flop up and down, yet leaves the car virtually stock. It's not as precise as the method you used, but for a last-minute quick-fix, or if you want to keep the car closer to box-stock, it works pretty well.

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    • #17
      On Fly cars where you cannot use a solid front axle, you have to be more indirect. On the Corvette C5R, for example, I secured the stubs in place by putting a styrene tube over the vertical locator post on each wheel's mounting piece, and then trimmed two opposite sides of the tube so they were flat and fit in the slot on the chassis where the axle mount's locator post goes (I made them elliptical, with two flat parallel sides). The larger (now elliptical) tube with flat sides prevents lateral movement and front and rear rocking of the wheel and hub. Some hotglue was added for good measure. All reversible if you want.
      Last edited by JML; 01-04-2009, 08:55 AM.

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      • #18
        MG,

        How about some thought on how to do this with a front engined FLY?

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        • #19
          Abarth Mike, look here.
          Last edited by JML; 10-12-2009, 06:20 AM.

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          • #20
            I have a few of the Fly cars and I generally sleeve the chassis 'bearing' with aluminum tubing. It makes a great bearing and saves the plastic parts from wear. I also put a thin axle spacer on the outside of the the chassis to catch the CA glue from the wheel as I squeeze it together. With Super Lube on the axle stub, I rotate the wheel until the glue has set up. It keeps a tighter clearance between the wheel and chassis to allow the wheel to spin without all the wobble. You might take the time to true the front tires too.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by JML View Post
              Abarth Mike, look here.
              JML.

              Was looking last night and found this by Avant Slot



              Not going to buy but good idea.

              (Alan. I couldn't find on any SCI sponsor's site)
              Last edited by Abarth Mike; 10-13-2009, 09:10 AM.

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              • #22
                There's a Thread right here regarding US Distributorship for Avant Slot; wasn't hard to find.

                No idea though how good the REH Parts Supply is, or whether they have these. Anybody who can advise on this, particularly amongst our esteemed Advertisers?

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                • #23
                  The avant slot part indicated is number 20406. Knowing this you can search for a shop that carries this part.

                  REH is not the answer unless you are a retail shop buying a minimum order...
                  Last edited by MG Brown; 10-12-2009, 07:51 PM.

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                  • #24
                    That axle would be a nice thing to have, if it's not "vaporware." I can't find it online anywhere. How did you discover it? The Avant Slot website is under construction, no forum sponsor has it as far as I know, and I can't find it on any European site. A PM would be fine.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by JML View Post
                      That axle would be a nice thing to have, if it's not "vaporware." I can't find it online anywhere. How did you discover it? The Avant Slot website is under construction, no forum sponsor has it as far as I know, and I can't find it on any European site. A PM would be fine.
                      PM sent

                      I found them on AS web site also. I don't know who has AS in the US? They seem to be for converting to independent front wheels not necessarily for fixing Fly but .......

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                      • #26
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                        Last edited by daisyslots; 12-22-2009, 12:11 PM.

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                        • #27
                          Aluminum tubing can be used for the front axle as well.

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