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Old 03-26-2006, 05:07 AM   #1
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Anyone ever use these? Looking for info?
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Old 03-26-2006, 06:17 AM   #2
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Yes, we used them all last year. They are pretty good. For lot racing, they are alot better than hoses, easier to see, not as much tire chunking. Simply to lay out too. The part to watch out for is you can turn a car into a plane, at high speeds and launch it if you forget to turn & go over them. But if you did that on a wood track, you would probably be picking up pieces anyway, lol.
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Our Club uses them as well. Problem is that the company seems to be out of business and we cannot get anymore replacements.

They seem to work ok but the domes get broken pretty easily.
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So they are no longer available?
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I ran a on track that used these for almost a year.

Pros: They are light and easy to make layout changes. They don't directly break cars .

Cons: As someone else said, because of their shape they become ramps. I renamed these the roadramp system. As a racer, I hate these things. I think they chunk foam tires quite easily, and the launching of cars is unacceptable. They tend to come apart and move easily as well.

Basically with the exception of the fact they are easy to setup a temp layout, I really dislike them.
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I have them at my track. I do not recomend them. They look nice, easy to change lay-out, stay put pretty good. On the neg side; short-coursing has to be watched for (way too easy to drive over), cars can appear from nowhere in front of you on the straight! Just touching a rail causes your car to climb up on top and slide the whole length (if it isn't deposited in the next lane), they are way too expensive for what you get.
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So what is the best thing to use for a temporary layout of onroad racing?
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Our club uses them as well. We tape them down using the blue shiny 4" easy to tear tape (not sure what brand) to tape them to the parking lot at the seams for the straight pieces (perpendicular) and the domes (X them and then u-shape box). Yes, they do become launching ramps - and yes, your car can slide their entire length - and yes, cars do jump them and end up in the path of on-coming cars. They are easy enough to drive over, so you can put yourself back on the course should you jump something. For the perimeter, we use 8-inch PC pipe on 3 sides and our staightaway just happens to be the edge of a concrete sidewalk. For chunking problems, use the sticker that comes with the tires - this pretty much eliminates any chunking problems.

Given your alternatives, this works pretty well.

HyperHobbies, Inc. out of business? Hard to say. If you call the number you get voice mail (I didn't leave a message). If you send email, you get a "Quota Violation" message. The online shopping cart doesn't work, ryperhobbies.com is not valid and MCM Distribution's product link points to the C Drive - although you can still download the PDFs. I sent MCM an email to ask if HyperHobbies was still in business - and to find out if they have any RoadRails. I'll let you know what the story is if MCM ever gets back to me.
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Most tracks I go to, use wooden barriers. One popular method is; off-set 2 X 4s. Put 2 together with a 4" over hang on each end. One end get a carrage bolt, the other a hole. Round the ends on the ones that will be used in corners. You can cut some 4" slices from a plastic 55 gallon drum, to make 'Q-tip' ends for 180s.
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my local track uses wood to form the border, and then PVC pipe that has been halfed to form the track
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For parking lot racing there great cause its quik to lay out and clean up, but like all the other said one wrong move and you're either airborne or head on with someone else. This year we're going with PVC. Cheaper and more durable. and just use different bend and fitting to alter thelay out.
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10/4 thanks guys.
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We use PVC pipe for our local track. Here is a link to a pic of it:

http://www.rc-racing.org/pc.html
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I have seen all of the above materials used and they all have advantages and disadvantages. The PVC is great except that the joints like to grab the bodies and tires causing lots of broken arms. It also moves around like the road rails unless you anchor it down. Wood stays put, but the joints have the same problems as the PVC and it gets really heavy to pick up and put away. Wood also doesn't like being thrown around and can inflict more damage to the cars depending on how its done. Our parking lot races use a combination of road rails, domes and cow bells or plow disks for the high traffic corners. 6" PVC drain pipe (the really light stuff) is used for the boarders. I like the road rail system myself even though I have been taken out by flying cars. It seems to be the easiest by far on the cars. A good race director and a friendly group of races makes for very few cutting problems.
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Hobbytown in Minnetonka MN uses them. I think overall they reduce breakage but its frustrating when your kicking butt and get taken out by a car thats a half lap behind and jumps the roadrail.
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