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Old 11-26-2009, 05:05 PM   #1
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Old 11-26-2009, 05:17 PM   #2
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Wow, that depends. Like that track there:

$500 in pipe/tubing
$1000 in dirt
$300 in equipment rental
$Beer money for alot of good buddies.
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Old 11-26-2009, 05:32 PM   #3
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If you cant build in the back yard then spend thousands per acre(depending where you live) sometimes even just a 100 square foot lot here can reach 5k.

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I need to hit the Lottery

hehe, funny thing is the thousands I spend on all my RC's I probably could of bought 3-5 acres
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Dude, I spent about $90 on pipe. I got most of mine free or very cheap. Run an ad on craigslist asking for corrugated pipe, you will be surprised. I also work in construction, and got alot that was laying around in our scrap yard.

$1000 in dirt? LOL

Around here, a tandem load of good red clay goes for about $85. Depending on how big your track is, you shouldn't need 10 loads.

It can get expensive though. the 12" nails are about .45 a piece, and you really need one every 6 foot or so, at least.

I will get some pictures of my finished track this weekend. I have probably $300-400 in mine, again I got some great deals though, just do your homework, and look for scrap pipe laying around in construction places and pool places.

You can also call your local plumbing supply and ask if they have damaged pipe. sometimes you can get if half price, or free.
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that track is mine in the link. we spent a total of 74 dollars on piping. half of it is left over bc we got the other stuff free but one roll probly would have been good.. and dirt, we got 5 loads of red clay dirt (10 tons each load) for 40 bucks a load. we got a deal but it doesnt cost too much to build one really. its harder to build it than pay for it LOL
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Old 11-26-2009, 07:04 PM   #6
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Dude, I spent about $90 on pipe. I got most of mine free or very cheap. Run an ad on craigslist asking for corrugated pipe, you will be surprised. I also work in construction, and got alot that was laying around in our scrap yard.

$1000 in dirt? LOL

Around here, a tandem load of good red clay goes for about $85. Depending on how big your track is, you shouldn't need 10 loads.

It can get expensive though. the 12" nails are about .45 a piece, and you really need one every 6 foot or so, at least.

I will get some pictures of my finished track this weekend. I have probably $300-400 in mine, again I got some great deals though, just do your homework, and look for scrap pipe laying around in construction places and pool places.

You can also call your local plumbing supply and ask if they have damaged pipe. sometimes you can get if half price, or free.
It is tough to give an estimate, so many variables. If you think $1000 in dirt is funny, we spent almost $8000.00 for premium clay for our track. 32 loads. I own a construction company so I know whats up.

Here is our track:
http://s726.photobucket.com/albums/w...ent=track3.jpg
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Yeah man, but that track is incredible.

For a random back yard track you can get by with a decent practice track for alot cheaper. I know you can also spend 10's of thousands of dollars too. It's all in what you want.

I would love to have a lap counting system, but I live in the boondocks, and can't justify spending $3500 to count me and a few friends lap times. Besides, they're so cheap they won't even buy a transponder, LOL

And I got my dirt for $50 a load, super fine red clay. But that is an employee price. The going price around here is $85 a load, delivered up to 5 miles, $1.00 a mile after that
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I have heard of some newer lapping systems that work good for backyard tracks and they are very reasonable, but I dont remember the company that makes them. We have a AMB that I bought new, I wish I would have waited to find one on ebay cause you can save alot of $$$$
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Yeah I've looked into it. I think it's iLap. about $800 for everything including enough transponders for a handful of people.
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It is tough to give an estimate, so many variables. If you think $1000 in dirt is funny, we spent almost $8000.00 for premium clay for our track. 32 loads. I own a construction company so I know whats up.

Here is our track:
http://s726.photobucket.com/albums/w...ent=track3.jpg
And where is this track that i would love to run on ? I know you've got Kal-Gard at all the tracks i've been to but where is your track?
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This is a Sattelite pic of my track and a roof top pic. All dirt was dug up from a construction site by shovel, delivered by my pickup and unloaded by hand.
Only expense was the spikes and tubing
They are two different layouts

And left and right sides.
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That is a nice layout too. Good use of all the space. Mine is sort of all over the place. I'm going to redesign it soon
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throw some corners on that thing that are not 180s or 90s, you will have more fun and become a better driver
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And where is this track that i would love to run on ? I know you've got Kal-Gard at all the tracks i've been to but where is your track?
It is our practice track that we use and test/tune. It is in Mt. Juliet TN.
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It is our practice track that we use and test/tune. It is in Mt. Juliet TN.
lol, your "test and tune" track is nicer than 95% of the tracks I pay to race at.
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