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Old 04-08-2020, 07:24 AM
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Kicking around building a track in my backyard. Thinking of starting really simple by just cutting the grass real short once I come up with a design. Any of you ever try anything like this? Once I'm happy with the design I might rototill the grass out and add some jumps but just looking to get out running for now. All advice welcome. Thanks
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Seems to a number of them recently.

I’m working on one.






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When I build track I like using your approach. I'll layout a design and then run on it without any obstacles. After running on it for a while I'll be ready to either change the layout or add obstacles. If your lanes are too narrow it's difficult to keep your speed up and you end up putting around the track. Here's my latest one. I'm already changing it up to make wider lanes.
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This is mine... lots of work but very rewarding! I've built several if you check out my videos on youtube you will see all the design changes. driving is terrible been struggling with some back issues the last couple years. Had surgery in feb. feeling great... been working on track last couple evenings. will post a vid when finished.
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Nice fellas my friend and my cousin have backyard dirt tracks and we put cheap carpet on the jumps so the rain doesn’t mess them up
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Nice fellas my friend and my cousin have backyard dirt tracks and we put cheap carpet on the jumps so the rain doesn’t mess them up

Same here with the carpet.
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Thinking about something kind of like this just to get started. Make sure it's fun considering the space limitations and such. Then look at maybe bringing in some dirt or rototilling out the grass. Then add some jumps. I'm a little surprised more people dont build tracks on really hilly terrain. Whether for personal use or a business. Back in my motocross days it was hugely more fun to ride and race on hilly tracks compared to relatively flat ones
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Originally Posted by Backyard RC View Post
When I build track I like using your approach. I'll layout a design and then run on it without any obstacles. After running on it for a while I'll be ready to either change the layout or add obstacles. If your lanes are too narrow it's difficult to keep your speed up and you end up putting around the track. Here's my latest one. I'm already changing it up to make wider lanes.
I just dug an outside track. I made the lanes as wide as my box blade (6') but it's not wide enough to open up my SCT.

I've never run on a "real" track so I'm not sure how wide the lanes should be. What do you think?
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6' is what my lane width is. I run 1/14th scale buggy and 1/10th scale buggy on. Wish I could of went with 8' but the wife wasn't giving up anymore of the yard. The 6' width will make you a better driver
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I just started this track before all of the rain.


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I just have grass
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I just have grass
No need to apologize it's all good. What class of car do you run on it? How short do you cut it? Obviously any car could be run on grass but it seems to me anything with bigger wheels and more ground clearance will do better. I'm concerned it will be slow running and cooking Motors and ESC with high temperatures. One of my lawn mowers is an old one that I don't use. I think I could drill some new axle holes and get the blade almost to the ground. Or maybe a spacer above the blade to lower it. I think if I could cut the grass to less than an inch would be my best bet. As of now I only have two wheel drive buggies and Stadium trucks. Would be nice if I could run these with good results. If at some point I convert to dirt maybe I could run smaller cars. It seems obvious that a little car will make a track seem a lot bigger
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I just have grass
I have mud. Today we had all kinds of weather. Rain, sleet, snow, hail. More mud.

My last track I cut the grass low. I usually keep the summer grass on the highest mower setting so when I cut the grass low the track worked out well.
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No need to apologize it's all good. What class of car do you run on it? How short do you cut it? Obviously any car could be run on grass but it seems to me anything with bigger wheels and more ground clearance will do better. I'm concerned it will be slow running and cooking Motors and ESC with high temperatures. One of my lawn mowers is an old one that I don't use. I think I could drill some new axle holes and get the blade almost to the ground. Or maybe a spacer above the blade to lower it. I think if I could cut the grass to less than an inch would be my best bet. As of now I only have two wheel drive buggies and Stadium trucks. Would be nice if I could run these with good results. If at some point I convert to dirt maybe I could run smaller cars. It seems obvious that a little car will make a track seem a lot bigger
To put the mower that low your yard has to be smooth and level or the blade will make it that way from the scalping.
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Originally Posted by old_metal_head View Post
I have mud. Today we had all kinds of weather. Rain, sleet, snow, hail. More mud.

My last track I cut the grass low. I usually keep the summer grass on the highest mower setting so when I cut the grass low the track worked out well.
Can you tell me what class of cars or trucks you ran on that? Did you have any problems with overheating Motors or ESC? How fast would you say your cars are relative to a smooth hard dirt track or clay. I know grass will be slower just wondering if it will be hugely slower. If that's one of those questions that is impossible to really answer I'll just start with an oval with my 10th scale stadium truck and take it from there
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