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Old 06-12-2012, 12:28 PM
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SCC bearings are sized to be a perfect sliding fit on Slot.It axles. That kind of precision shows in a car's performance.
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:39 PM
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I use either Slot.it axles or drill blanks. A 3/32nd by 2 1/4 inch drill blank is $2 from McMaster-Carr. I run without magnets and the front wheels of all of my cars touch and roll at all times. I use axles that I am sure are round, straight and the correct diameter. Piano wire is made to be bent and is rather soft compared to a drill blank. If you use piano wire axles with set screw wheels the set screws will make digs in the axles.
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:25 PM
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An alternative to drill blanks or slotit. axles for a more precise fit would be gauge pins.
They cost about the same as a slotit. axle, but are available in increments of .0002in.
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:56 PM
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They cost about the same as a slotit. axle, but are available in increments of .0002in.
When I read that, I suddenly understand why they invented the metric system ...
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Old 06-12-2012, 06:25 PM
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3/32" Tungsten TIG welding electrodes if you happen to be near a welding supply store, know a welder or can't find convenient drill blanks. They are about 180mm long so can get up to 3 axles from one electrode.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:10 PM
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Drill blanks are better than SlotIt by far.
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:07 AM
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I buy drill blank axles from the slot racing suppliers I use for the other bits of a slot car.
OK that means the supplier has to send it to me, but that's no problem - they all run an efficient mail order service. Maybe I could get axles locally a day or two sooner, but I still need to get all the other slot car parts by mail order.
IMHO these drill blank axles are better than SlotIt by far. I guess the slot racing supplier's drill blank axles were originally supplied in bulk from a engineering supplier, so you are not going to get anything better by finding the original supplier.
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:58 AM
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That's two people in a row that say drill blanks are "better than slot it by far"

Care to elaborate on why they are better? They arent any cheaper based on the prices ive seen and I find it hard to believe that they are straighter or produce lap times that are noticeably faster.
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Old 06-13-2012, 08:50 AM
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Wink No bending here...

All my axles are Slot.It: never had a problem with them. I used to bend axles in the past (early to mid '70s), but at the time I was racing Mura type engines and metal chassis. With replicas, it's not that easy to bend an axle...

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Old 06-13-2012, 08:59 AM
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I prefer hollow axles, slot.it makes one I use alot.

A tube is stronger than a rod if made of the same material depending on wall thickness.

Lighter rotating mass for faster accelleration & decelleration.

However you must not overtighten set-screws and dent the hollow axle where the set screw enguages it. With a slot.it set screw it will prolly strip the hex 1st, but if using a wheel with a larger set screw like an NSR wheel for example, use caution and do not over tighten.
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:20 AM
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I use 1\8 piano wire about 3 bucks for 3 feet, I have used ejector pins from molds, and drill blank.
the last drill blank I got was under 7 bucks I can get 12 axles from 3 feet

or you can just get an HR Chassis and be done, its got it all
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Old 06-13-2012, 12:26 PM
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For the front...I've used aluminum tubing with great results.

Mike
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Old 06-13-2012, 07:21 PM
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I prefer hollow axles, slot.it makes one I use alot.

A tube is stronger than a rod if made of the same material depending on wall thickness.

Lighter rotating mass for faster accelleration & decelleration.

However you must not overtighten set-screws and dent the hollow axle where the set screw enguages it. With a slot.it set screw it will prolly strip the hex 1st, but if using a wheel with a larger set screw like an NSR wheel for example, use caution and do not over tighten.
I am not a fan of Slot It hollow axles, I have gotten several proxy cars back where the axle had galled on the bearing and was all bound up. . . The diameter of the rotating mass is minimal so it is not worth the weight savings for me. In proxy cars you want durability and dependability without any maintenance.
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:06 PM
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