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Old 04-23-2008, 09:42 PM   #1
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Default Carpet on an offroad track

We've all seen the euro tracks, and many lay carpet on the jumps and bumps. Has anyone in the US used this on their tracks. We are in the process of rebuilding our offroad track and have been toying with the rug idea. It would appear to keep the jumps and climbs from rutting.
Input need. What type of carpet? thickness? life expectancy?
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Old 04-23-2008, 10:21 PM   #2
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Not to crash the party but I prefer to have the track rutt as the race progresses. Its a much truer race experience I think. It will keep you on your toes and even give a better chance that the guy up front will fobble. I just like track that changes as the race runs on. It seems to much like a carpet or asphalt theme to me.

But I would try the CRC carpet. The new stuff is rubber backed and tuff. If you can find some big rubber mats you would have a cover that would last for ever and I would think you could order a texture that suits your needs like the play ground mats.
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I used astro truf on two jumps on my test track worked OK.

It was some old stuff that I took off my front porch.

After two years it still there, BUT I race 1/10 scale ele.

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With all of those tar paper shacks up there in the sticks, I bet there's enough orange shag to circle the earth 3 times.

The cheap, thin stuff works the best. It's what I used to use when building bmx dirt jumps. The only track I've seen it used at was at a Pro Series race last year in Rome, NY. It keeps the faces of jumps from rutting not so much during a race, but when it rains.
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I do like the jumps covered in carpet, depending on the event, with too much cars the jumps loose the feeling of real jumping v/s "try to pass and survive" ...

This is the track where i raced last weekend :

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Didn't they use carpet at the Silver State Race not too long ago?

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at silver state nitro challenge this year they ran two carpeted jumps due to the number of entries and it kept them in perfect shape all week.
I really liked the idea, and it made it a lot of fun, especially in the gravity cavity area. I still think that dirt jumps have a place in nitro rc, and
the carpeting only belongs on certain obstacles, not all of them.

Track maintenance is necessary in any situation, unless you are running all carpet (in which case, I'd be rallying out a TC5, rather than driving
a heavy nitro buggy.) The carpet they used was your standard expo carpet, very similar to what you have on the floor in most homes. Care
was taken to stake it down quite well, and the lip was buried I think. It had exceptional traction characteristics, and from a dead stop at the
very bottom of the grav cav, you could still make the double out (see silverstate photo someone posted above). The "Blue Lagoon" was an
interesting corner obstacle, where you jump up turn sharply and jump down. It really threw a wrench into the works of my driving, but was so
much fun due to the difference between it and the previous similar corner that was uncarpeted (see photo).

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