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Old 12-20-2015, 11:34 PM   #1
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I'm building a track in my back yard and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations on what to build on the course. I'm going to use the same dirt as the local track, but I don't know if I should build a look a like or a more technical one. Anyone have any opinions?
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I have a track in my backyard, best thing I've done in RC yet. It's nice to be able to go out for 20-30 minutes a day run your cars without packing up the car or anything.

I'd say build it however you like, what you think will be fun. One thing about having your own track and driving on your own a lot, you learn not to crash! Because it sucks chasing down your own car all the time.

For a personal track, you don't need wide lanes. 6-7 foot is plenty wide for up to a few cars (1/10 anyway). You'll find you end up with a 2 foot wide race line anyhow, so why have huge wide lines?

If you can, a decent sized straight with a sweeper corner and a short straight out is fun too. Like an upper case " L " .

A double or two so you learn to downside jumps, a small table top is nice.

Basically whatever you like. If you're a racer, then use your time on your track to get better. Best way I have found to do that is to get the app called LapTracker for $1.99, and use your phone as a timing system. It will broadcast each lap time to a blue tooth speaker so you can hear each lap. You can also email your laptimes to yourself to look at later, it's like racing every time you're on the track! It helps to set the phone in a 180* corner that you can hit the same line each time

Have fun. It's a lot of work, and you will gain much respect for track owners who run nice tracks for us to play with our toy cars.
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I'm building a track in my back yard and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations on what to build on the course. I'm going to use the same dirt as the local track, but I don't know if I should build a look a like or a more technical one. Anyone have any opinions?
Your local track has a boat load of clay and rocks. Please don't copy that dirt - it's absolute garbage.
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Old 12-24-2015, 04:51 PM   #4
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One thing to do is keep the rough stuff closer to the drivers stand and put the long straight on the back side of the track , Lot less walking to reflip when its close than all the way on the other side of the track and the corner worker is you
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I have a track in my backyard, best thing I've done in RC yet. It's nice to be able to go out for 20-30 minutes a day run your cars without packing up the car or anything.

I'd say build it however you like, what you think will be fun. One thing about having your own track and driving on your own a lot, you learn not to crash! Because it sucks chasing down your own car all the time.

For a personal track, you don't need wide lanes. 6-7 foot is plenty wide for up to a few cars (1/10 anyway). You'll find you end up with a 2 foot wide race line anyhow, so why have huge wide lines?

If you can, a decent sized straight with a sweeper corner and a short straight out is fun too. Like an upper case " L " .

A double or two so you learn to downside jumps, a small table top is nice.

Basically whatever you like. If you're a racer, then use your time on your track to get better. Best way I have found to do that is to get the app called LapTracker for $1.99, and use your phone as a timing system. It will broadcast each lap time to a blue tooth speaker so you can hear each lap. You can also email your laptimes to yourself to look at later, it's like racing every time you're on the track! It helps to set the phone in a 180* corner that you can hit the same line each time

Have fun. It's a lot of work, and you will gain much respect for track owners who run nice tracks for us to play with our toy cars.
Thank you, have a pretty large back yard and I'm going to cut it in half. I live way far from the local track so it's not very easy to make it out there during the week.

Thanks for the tip on the lap tracker. Knowing how to keep a consistent line/lap will help you where ever you are at
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Your local track has a boat load of clay and rocks. Please don't copy that dirt - it's absolute garbage.
Do you live out here?
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Do you live out here?
I do. The best advice anyone can give you - 8 foot lanes, and make sure the track is on an angle. It doesn't rain much here, but when it does, it'll ruin your track if it's not built for drainage.
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I do. The best advice anyone can give you - 8 foot lanes, and make sure the track is on an angle. It doesn't rain much here, but when it does, it'll ruin your track if it's not built for drainage.
It's going to have drainage for sure, if I can find a way to run drainage pipe so it will keep it that much clearer when it does rain. I live out in vail so when it rains everything gets flooded. Thanks for the tip on width, I think I'm going to go by hobby town this week at some point and check out the track and get some basic ideas. Thank you again. Maybe when I'm done you can come check it out
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It's going to have drainage for sure, if I can find a way to run drainage pipe so it will keep it that much clearer when it does rain. I live out in vail so when it rains everything gets flooded. Thanks for the tip on width, I think I'm going to go by hobby town this week at some point and check out the track and get some basic ideas. Thank you again. Maybe when I'm done you can come check it out
Possibly. I usually stick to Fear Farm. Build a track like that, and we can be best friends.
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I've tried to pull up pictures from fear farm, to get some ideas on what they have and I can't seem to find many pictures
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I've tried to pull up pictures from fear farm, to get some ideas on what they have and I can't seem to find many pictures
Here's a video of the big race last month. This is the start of the 1 hour main event. Enjoy - All are world class pros, except for me starting in 14th

https://youtu.be/5PGLosDeros

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ERROR: If you can see this, then YouTube is down or you don't have Flash installed.
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Minimum is 8' for 1/10 , 10' for 1/8 , ROAR specs . So if you have any thoughts of running 1/8 start off with a 10' minimum .I upgraded my track to 10' as 8' just wasn't cutting it Long as you have the room wider is definitely better
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Minimum is 8' for 1/10 , 10' for 1/8 , ROAR specs . So if you have any thoughts of running 1/8 start off with a 10' minimum .I upgraded my track to 10' as 8' just wasn't cutting it Long as you have the room wider is definitely better
I thought about going like 7-8' to practice holding my line a little bit easier, I might be wrong in my thought process but if I don't have as much room to move around it might be easier for me to focus on that one single line. I have never thought about running 8th, but I do want to run sc 4x4. I don't know if 4x4 is any different then 2wd but if it is I should probably put that into consideration
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That track is amazing, it's a scaled down supercross track. If I still lived on my 5 acres in vail I would build a clone in a heart beat
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