My son and I just built and raced our first pack and district event and it was eye opening and very fun. My son is a Tiger and I have never been a scout. I did like many others and watched YouTube and read a lot of information on the net. We went forward and helped built him and his younger brother cars for the pack race, just hoping to not look really bad. When we finished building them our COG was 1.25” forward of rear axel and weighed 4.99oz. I polished axels to 2k grit and set up to run on three stock location and axels not bent. We won our Pack races with times around 2.60 and a best of 2.589. The closest in our packs best time was 2.61. My youngest sons car came in third overall and his times were all around 2.61 but two hundredths slower than second. I was shocked and pleased with that. This was a 35fttrack.
Now onto districts. We walk in and get car inspected then watch the weblos and there were some fast cars. This was a 40ft track and I saw one go 3.01 at 208 mph. I prepped my son and told him there are some fast cars here so don’t expect to win like at your pack. Well we ran faster than all the Tigers with an average time of 3.04 at 204mph. During the finals we came in 7th overall which is respectable and noticed all the ones above him were pack leaders sons. Next year I would like to make the top5 if possible. Joining this forum which seems to have a great deal of knowledge we can leverage and share our struggles as we go back to the drawing board. Your insight will be greatly appreciated.
So now I ask what we can do (which I know you all get constantly) to speed up our car for next year? Below is what we did to the car
Thin 1/4 body
Cog 1.25” forwardrear axel
Polished axels 2000 grit wet
Trued wheels (with wheel shaver tool)
How can I get to 3.0 or below?
Thanks in advance
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It really sounds like you've done a lot of homework, prior to your son's first build! Congratulations on your wins!
I don't know that anyone could guarantee you a 3.0 or less, since tracks vary a lot. That said, I'm sure we could offer advice.
Maybe a good starting point would be looking at the rules for your district? Do you have a link to them?
Link is above, appreciate the pointers.
Things they checked for were flat tires on ground, axel location (stock distance), weight, clearance, and squeezed wheels to see if thinned.
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