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Old 2011.12.11, 06:47 PM   #1
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April 14, 2012 - HFAY S13 Race 4

This will be held at Hobby Works in Fairfax, Virginia
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Old 2012.03.24, 09:55 AM   #2
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got notice giro-z is shipping! still need to order the bridge materials though.
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Old 2012.03.28, 07:05 PM   #3
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good news, giro-z arrived today. bad news, it arrived in bits and pieces. i just can't catch a break
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Old 2012.03.28, 08:23 PM   #4
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That really sucks ray, sorry. If you could tell me what materials and measurements that are needed to make the bridge and I'll try to make one.
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PN will ship a new kit when it arrives. it took a couple weeks to get what i have so it may be a couple weeks more

i was just about to pull the trigger on 2x2x72 aluminum u channel. my idea is to make a channel bridge with bent rod legs. i've got half a dozen sketches like that one with various designs for attaching through a rail, folding under the track, resting inside rail pins, etc. thinking strong, very small footprint and very small sightline/profile. i wanted to use pvc u channel but aluminum is actually half the cost, go figure. the 2x2 u channel will aid in keeping the pickup sensors accurate. i've not found 1/8"-1/4" rod or have tools to bend it though.

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Old 2012.03.29, 11:40 AM   #6
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I'll dig around and see what I can find. I know I don't have any 2x2 aluminum u channel at work but might something that would work.
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Old 2012.03.30, 07:12 AM   #7
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can someone provide measurements for rail pin? i need the pin diameter and distance between centerlines of holes in rails. one set of legs i intend to make will anchor to rail pins. i may also make a set that folds and rests on the floor.
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Old 2012.03.31, 09:25 PM   #8
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anyone have access to a bender jig? i'm not sure i can bend 1/8"-1/4" rod with hand tools. also, anyone weld? 1/8" rod is still flexible and may need some reinforcing bars spot welded to make the frame rigid. i bought a couple 1/8"x36" rods today and will order the aluminum channel this weekend.
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Old 2012.03.31, 09:53 PM   #9
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never mind, ordering a wire bending jig as well. found one that will work and is cheap.
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Old 2012.04.05, 09:31 PM   #10
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thanks to mike ., i have some GPM tires to try as well.
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Old 2012.04.06, 03:24 PM   #11
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Where did mike find them?
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it's mike, he's got stockpiles of parts like trailer park hoarders do cats and dogs
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Old 2012.04.07, 06:31 PM   #13
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i started work on the bridge today. got the channel stencil work done and painted. i made a bent rod leg prototype.




turns out the bent rod i got from lowes, 1/8"x36" is about 8" to short to do what i want. the prototype is just the basic shape and features. the final leg needs additional bends to add rigidity to the frame and provide anchor points to the channel. anyone know where you can buy 1/8" steel rod at least 48" long? the jig works but is rather basic. it makes it very hard to get all the bends without twisting the frame. a good bench vise and some large pliers would plumb things up but i have neither. also still need to find the right clamps. i know they exist as i've used them before but can't find them anywhere. it's a throughbolt clamp with the clamp plate that has curved pockets on either end to hold wire flat to a surface.
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finished the base coats today. just need to do the clear coats in 48 hours.



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