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Old 11-09-2004, 07:18 AM   #1
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Default Belt drive versus shaft drive...pros and cons of each?

I would presume there are advantages and/or disadvantages to each, but I don't know them, can you enlighten me?
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Do a search for this topic.....The "On-Road" forum had a huge discussion on this a while ago.
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Well, for starters, shaft drive cars will have a more free drivetrain, provide faster acceleration, and be the quickest on short, technical tracks. Belt-driven cars have smoother powerbands and higher top-end speed; perfect for open, free-flowing types of tracks. Choose your flavor...
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Well, for starters, shaft drive cars will have a more free drivetrain, provide faster acceleration, and be the quickest on short, technical tracks. Belt-driven cars have smoother powerbands and higher top-end speed; perfect for open, free-flowing types of tracks. Choose your flavor...
Untrue... The quickest cars on the short track I run are the Xray's....

It's all a myth....
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Old 11-12-2004, 07:28 PM   #5
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both are great but the belt driven cars seem to be alot faster when it comes to top end but the belts tend to get loose or sretch and skip which makes u change the bel while shaft stays in place and never have to change it. i prefer shaft.
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After trying both my money is on the belt driven cars. Xray is never a bad choice! But driver does make the biggest difference.
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There are pros and cons to both and it has to do with physics. Shaft cars have instant response since the shaft doesn't give (most of the time), so the power is delivered more direct. The problem is torque steer. I won't go in to it too much, but basically the same principles that make a buggy nose dive or wheely in the air due to gyroscopic effects can be noticed in shaft cars, only the main spinning is sideways due to the shaft, which can cause the car to turn "torque steer." In belts, the belt isn't made of metal, but rubber and kevlar or other material, meaning that it can stretch and give. To most drivers, this give makes the car less twitchy and is often interpretted to be smooth, cause it smooths out the sudden lunges of power from the motor. Belts can also break or get jammed by small pebbles, etc. Because of these feelings in both kinds of cars, people tend to like shaft for tight small tracks where acceleration is key, and belts for large tracks where fluidity is more important. Now remember these traits are subtle and are just generalized since there are big differences in design within each category, so it comes down to personal taste in high end cars. Either car is capable. XRay won the recent carpet race and HPI won the Reedy race. Go figure.
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Old 11-14-2004, 06:27 PM   #8
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just buy what you believe is the best for your driving style and that you like the car and its design.... Shaft / Belt its all up to the person buying what they feel suit's there needs .. There is no diffrence when having fun ...
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mb racer has got a good point, bot types are very capable designs, it's all about tuning, driver skill, and simply having fun with it.
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One factor that helped me make a decision was the amount of parts support in my area. Dont buy a car that you cant get parts & help for.
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yo rc_bam226... whose that lovely pic?..

belt or shaft?.. go out to race tracks and see for yourself... download ifmar vids... the final decision is still all up to you!!!
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Give me the shaft car.
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Give me the shaft car.
Wow, I really learned a lot from that statement
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Default Re: Belt drive versus shaft drive...pros and cons of each?

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I would presume there are advantages and/or disadvantages to each, but I don't know them, can you enlighten me?
My opinion

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In my experience, I have had more acceleration in belt than shaft, shaft you dont really need to change it that often but belt you have to after alot of runs

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In my experience, I have had more acceleration in shaft than belt, the belt overtime skips during acceleration and i hate the sound of the skipping.
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i go for shaft because it's cooler dude! its like the real thing! belt is kinda wimpy looking. just my opinion .....
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