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  • Moding the AFX digital lap counter for weak magnet cars T Jets

    Here is a good mod I did to make the AFX lap counter work with the weak T jet magnet cars and it works like a charm!!
    Photos shown at bottom.

    First I unscrewed the unit and unhooked the counters little board by scraping the plastic holders off that held it down.

    next I simply cut the plastic off flush to the box as close as I can ( see photo)

    then you take a straight a 15" would be best simply line up the counter board across the bottom
    ( I lined the back of the sensor board up to the straight beam that goes across the track section)

    next with it lined up see where the sensors line up to each of the inside rails on the track bottom and mark the area with a marker where they will set in the track so you know where to grind out there on a angle.

    Now that your track is marked grind out the plastic on a angle so the sensor will get lower to the tracks bottom surface ( see photo)

    after this is all done simply use CA glue and put some on the track where the board hits and glue the unit to the bottom and let dry ( I also made it more secure by going around the boards edges with goop shoe goo glue to make it hold better.)

    Last when all dry use something like a wood or plastic rod and push the sensors down close as possible to the tracks bottom surface as shown in my photo. (a back of a small paint brush will work good) you don't want to use metal or you may crack sensor!

    After this set up your counter on your track and enjoy!!

    Hope this helps some racers out!

    PPRSLOTS
    counter cut flush with box



  • #2
    Neat trick! Also a good demonstration of the utility of Hall effect sensors, this might also give someone confidence to try them independently of the AFX counters, using lap timing software.
    Last edited by NCSS; 04-10-2014, 05:48 PM. Reason: clarity

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    • #3
      Thats a pretty cool mod. So is it a guaranteed read now no matter what kind of car?

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      • #4
        Sounds interesting PPR but I can't see any pictures (am logged in). Am I the only one not seeing them?

        Cheers,
        Michael.

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        • #5
          Thanks for the great tip. Nice work, but now I'm let down, having believed that A/FX's new "miracle" device was gonna work straight out of the box with T-Jet cars!
          Racemasters has to know that a good portion of their track purchases are made by guys running vintage Aurora cars, looking for smoother track sections
          and more options as compared to the old sectional stuff. First no more Super G+ chassis, now this. And I'm a diehard Aurora Model Motoring and A/FX guy, too.

          I'm disappointed in those guys, what a "bummer"... Ernie :>)
          Last edited by BIG E; 06-28-2014, 01:49 PM.

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          • #6
            I'm not really inclined to take AFX to task for it. They built something that was a cool add on to the other stuff they sell, and it is what it is. Serious racers aren't likely to get much use out of something that only goes to 99 laps w no lap timer anyway. All those guys have Trackmate (or whatever) as options.

            I was just curious if the mod makes counting tjets accurate enough to warrant taking the time to do it.

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            • #7
              Not saying it's junk, just disappointed that it won't work with T-Jets for casual racing FUN, that's all.
              Much like Auto World's Drag Strip sets, not for serious racing, but still lots of fun.

              I remain, and always will be, an Aurora - A/FX guy, no worries... Ernie :>)
              (Still wish the Super G+ chassis was in production, though).

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              • #8
                It works 100% perfect if you do what I did to it by grinding the bottom of the track like I did to get it lower to the surface... my straight is very long and fast and it counts laps perfectly every time.... Also I remember a guy telling me you can just buy two more sensitive versions of the sensors and just solder them in place of the originals.



                But here is even a WAY better idea than the AFX counter!
                [youtube]6ZqAbKhLFzs[/youtube]

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BIG E View Post
                  First no more Super G+ chassis, now this.
                  I believe the reasons behind the demise of the Super G Plus have been well documented. I also think it is unreasonable to expect a piece of hardware to work with products long since out of production.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by PPRSLOTS View Post
                    .... Also I remember a guy telling me you can just buy two more sensitive versions of the sensors and just solder them in place of the originals...

                    PPR, I can see the pics now. Great idea and very nicely executed. Reverse engineering of a brand new product to better suit a need always gets my attention. If more sensitive versions of the Hall sensor are available the process could be taken a step further. Considering that soldering would be required for the new sensor, I wonder if it could be left detached from the PCB and reconnected via wiring. In this way the PCB could be set down hard against the underside of the track, in the centre and parallel to the slots. This would enable the finished track to sit flush with the mounting surface after taking a notch out of the side for the "exit" wiring. Just a thought.....

                    Cheers,
                    Michael.

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                    • #11
                      Hi thanks
                      The PCB board is so thin you hardly notice the track up off the ground... you could cut a notch into your table so it goes flat but it's not needed it hardly lifts it up at all.


                      Originally posted by Jisp View Post
                      PPR, I can see the pics now. Great idea and very nicely executed. Reverse engineering of a brand new product to better suit a need always gets my attention. If more sensitive versions of the Hall sensor are available the process could be taken a step further. Considering that soldering would be required for the new sensor, I wonder if it could be left detached from the PCB and reconnected via wiring. In this way the PCB could be set down hard against the underside of the track, in the centre and parallel to the slots. This would enable the finished track to sit flush with the mounting surface after taking a notch out of the side for the "exit" wiring. Just a thought.....

                      Cheers,
                      Michael.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by NicoRosberg. View Post
                        I believe the reasons behind the demise of the Super G Plus have been well documented. I also think it is unreasonable to expect a piece of hardware to work with products long since out of production.
                        I think it was short sighted not to make the extra effort to insure their product would work with non-mag cars. They know a good portion of people buying their track products run some form of Tjet or original AFX or magnatraction style car. They limited their potential market drastically by not providing a product that would count non-mag cars.

                        I think that many of us would pay twice the price for an easy to use product that would count laps and provide timing if it would reliably count all kinds of cars.

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                        • #13
                          Extra effort required extra expense.

                          It is very easy to throw around 'no brainer' ideas, but we would be guessing, and with no money of or own on the line.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by NicoRosberg. View Post
                            Extra effort required extra expense.

                            It is very easy to throw around 'no brainer' ideas, but we would be guessing, and with no money of or own on the line.
                            You are absolutely correct. I just know they will not get any of my money for a product that only is usable with 1/2 of the cars I run.

                            Too bad because it apparently didn't take PPRSLOTS too long to figure it out. (without a lot of extra money - just a modification to the design). Clearly they were not interested in making the product more universal. I am not bashing them just think this was a wasted opportunity.

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                            • #15
                              The cottage/home boys have been doing that kind of thing for decades (and long may it continue).

                              It bears no relation to products that have to be properly retailed, with all that goes with that.

                              You seem convinced AFX have missed another 'no brainer'. If it really is one why would they? Isn't the more obvious answer you are wrong?

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