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Old 08-20-2009, 06:56 AM   #1
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What do you guys recommend for set-up stations / tools for 1/10 electric?

I was looking at a Hudy All-In-One Set-up Solution but these are very expensive.
What are peoples thoughts on this system? What is the Professional Tweak Station that comes with this kit like? I s it as good / better then a T style tweak station?

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Would it be better to buy a set-up station (camber / tow) from manufacture A, board from B, ride height gauges from C, tweak station (or scales) from D etc...

What do you recommend for these items?
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Integy has a nice all in one setup station. Comes with the tools and the board all in a nice case. Not nearly as expensive as the Hudy one.
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:34 AM   #3
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A setup station from one manufacturer is a better choice since it is designed to work with all the bits and pieces together. My suggestion is to look on ebay. Every now and then a station turns up for a good price. I bought a Hudy for 1/4 of the price, so there. A tweak station and a setup station may or may not do the same thing (i.e. a tweak station may not measure toe, camber, etc). There are also setup stations that don't do tweak. You need to check carefully.
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What is the difference between a Set-up Station and a Tweak Station?
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:09 AM   #5
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I like my Integy. Haven't had any issues w/ it. Chose it over the Huddy simply based on price point. The Huddy can do one or two function more than my Integy but I'm just not that good to need those yet. When I get there I might take another look, but until then....
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What is the difference between a Set-up Station and a Tweak Station?
A tweak station measures tweak (duh!). A setup station measures camber, toe, droop, etc, etc, but not necessarily tweak. Some do, but not all of them. Some need extra bits bought to do tweak as well.

A tweak station may not measure anything else but tweak so it will be useless to set up the car.
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I use the Unity Tool to setup my car with. It is a tweak station plus it will camber, caster, and toe in. It will work on 1/12 1/10 and 1/8 scales. I scored mine on Tech for a reasonable price.

http://unitytool.com/tweakboard/index.html
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I have used various setup stations and tweak stations in the past, and since getting the Hudy All-In-One Station, I have never regretted it. It is slilghtly more accurate, and is very well made. IMO, its one purchase that is worth the money.

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I have used various setup stations and tweak stations in the past, and since getting the Hudy All-In-One Station, I have never regretted it. It is slilghtly more accurate, and is very well made. IMO, its one purchase that is worth the money.

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I have an Integy and HUDY setup stations. I bought the Integy setup station and then the HUDY setup stands (to measure toe and camber since it is more accurate). I switch to the Integy setup stands because they have a more accurate caster adjustment.

My only gripe with the Integy setup station was that it only had two stands for setting toe, camber, and caster. It should have had 4.
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I have an Integy and HUDY setup stations. I bought the Integy setup station and then the HUDY setup stands (to measure toe and camber since it is more accurate). I switch to the Integy setup stands because they have a more accurate caster adjustment.

My only gripe with the Integy setup station was that it only had two stands for setting toe, camber, and caster. It should have had 4.
Mine has four. I just recently bought it though. Things may have changed.
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My only gripe with the Integy setup station was that it only had two stands for setting toe, camber, and caster. It should have had 4.
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Mine has four. I just recently bought it though. Things may have changed.
My purple Integy setup station has 4, and I got mine 10 years ago. Harry, did you buy yours used? If so.. sounds like the guy kept half, knowing you could get it to work with just half the set.
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A tweak station measures tweak (duh!). A setup station measures camber, toe, droop, etc, etc, but not necessarily tweak. Some do, but not all of them. Some need extra bits bought to do tweak as well.

A tweak station may not measure anything else but tweak so it will be useless to set up the car.
OK - when you say it like that - I look like a dumb ass and you look like a smart ass. Lets try it again!

What does the Tweak station measure? What is Tweak? I know camber, toe, droop, etc, etc - but tweak is new to me, as I am new to sedan.
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Mate buy the hudy all in one its awesome,accurate and the tweak station is best on the market buy far.
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OK - when you say it like that - I look like a dumb ass and you look like a smart ass. Lets try it again!

What does the Tweak station measure? What is Tweak? I know camber, toe, droop, etc, etc - but tweak is new to me, as I am new to sedan.
No intention, mate, sorry.

Tweak is a deformation of the chassis that doesn't allow it to revert to its original shape (think a sheet of paper with one corner lifted up, or in this case a twist that doesn't return - that would be your flat chassis that isn't flat anymore). The tweak station will detect if this occurs and will show by how much the chassis has distorted in milimeters difference from one end of the chassis to the other (one corner will sit higher than the others and the diagonally opposite corner will sit lower by the same amount).

That being said, you don't really need a tweak station (or not in most situations) to detect tweak. You can use a flat surface (but it needs to be really flat, like a pane of glass; a setup board like the Hudy is very good) and a couple of droop setting blocks which you're getting with most setup stations.
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OK - when you say it like that - I look like a dumb ass and you look like a smart ass. Lets try it again!

What does the Tweak station measure? What is Tweak? I know camber, toe, droop, etc, etc - but tweak is new to me, as I am new to sedan.
That was the perfect response! Everytime I read it I laugh, very good of you RMKinWI!

Btw, thanks for clarifying tweak. I have this beautiful Hudy SS and I love it.....worth the cost.
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