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Old 09-03-2004, 01:33 PM   #1
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Default Some thoughts about titanium MIP axles...

every RC part has made the jump to the super metal of titanium. What about RC axles?

I mean the steel ones are heavy, just think how much weight could be saved in roatational mass.

Does anyone know just how heavy the axles are?

This has been the last part to go. Why?

I would imagine this part would make a huge advantage.

What do you all think?
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Old 09-03-2004, 02:32 PM   #2
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Plenty of cars already have titanium axles available, although most seem to be from third party manufacturers.
You should look at www.titaniumracing.com they do titanium cvd's for most of the popular cars
One problem found with titanium cvd's is they can wear quite a lot, more than steel but less than aluminium. TiR have overcome this by putting a hardened steel coating around the pin holes.
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Old 09-03-2004, 03:12 PM   #3
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I just weighed Schumacher driveaxles some days ago. All weights are per pair, with the wheel axles i.e. complete assemblies. No hex or hex pin though
Original plastic: 14 grams
MIP steel: 18 grams
TiR titanium: 13 grams
My home scales are sh*tty, so the absolute numbers may be a bit off, but the trend is clear. What surprised me was that the TiR shafts were even lighter than the standard plastics (with steel wheelaxles).
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Yeah, steel axles can weigh a heck of a lot.
I think Steve at Speedtech weighed the Barracuda steel axles against Xenon titanium versions on pretty accurate scales. Two titanium ones weighed less than one steel axle....
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Default I just wish MIP would make ti axles.

I wanted something mainstream. I wish MIP would put some thought into a new design. Some MIP Ti axles with a steel incert for the pin and/or a steel screw cap threads. I'm not so wild about having Ti bones they wear out quick and I like to use the AE plastic ones. I guess I'm out of luck.
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