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Old 07-12-2006, 06:38 AM   #1
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We have large dirt track that we are thinking of mixing in some sand over all and putting in a few spacific sand trap areas.

My main question is, if you have ran your truck or buggy at the beach or in any sandy conditions, has anyone experienced sand getting in the gears and chewing them up?

I would really appreciate any imput from anyone that has actually had experience running in sand for a significant period of time and if they had any problems resulting from the sand.

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Old 07-13-2006, 06:12 AM   #2
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If you think about it is gonna be like sand paper. its going to get in every little nook and cranny and if you don't get it out right away it will prematurely wear out parts faster. Granted most of the diff gears are hardened but it will still eventually wear them out faster, along with bearings being sealed. We all have experiences a blown bearing in our RC lifes and sometimes that just from running on the streets or a nice paved track. I would say its one of those "it's a good idea, untill you really think about it."
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Thanks for taking the time to reply goomba.

It is very appreciated.
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wouldnt clay be a better idea for a off road track? althought tire wear increases, traction will be good hm?
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Anybody ever heard of putting calcium cloride down on the dirt? I think it is supposed to help it retain water. We got a hard pack clay dirt track here in Tulsa Oklahoma and when it dosen't rain it gets slick as ice. We try watering the track but all that ends up doing is kepping the dust down for one or two heats.
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We have used it and is does help with dust and traction(can help make blue grove) . You do want to clean it off your cars after you run on it. Put it down at least 4 or 5 day before you race on it(close the track) , that will give it time for it get into the soil and not rust out the cars as soon as they touch it .
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We have tried a lot of different items in iowa trying to keep moisture, including puttin soap in with the water to try to help hold the moisture, unless u have some sort of a clay base or mixture its hard to do it, the calcium chloride isnt bad but usually only works if planning on running tracks dry and not watering then will blue groove up. All depends too on how topsoil is and has clay mixture or not. no clay good luck unless black farm dirt, it wont tend to break up as much if packed very well to begin with. my 02.cents, good luck.
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Thanks, we are still trying to figure out what we want to do. Thanks for the input.
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A friend and I own a track and have used calcium with great results we usually put it down the day before and it will usually stay in the soil for quite some time. There are some spots where we laid it kinda heavy and those spots are damp every time we have run since and thats been nearly two months ago. If you looking for high bit an not really concerned with tire wear use sugar water. We mix 10lbs with 5 gallons of water in a pump sprayer and that does our whole track and then some. The traction is sick stadium trucks pull full wheelies running 19 turns but its pretty rough on tires about a set every two packs.
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