Post by derbydominator on Jan 24, 2011 18:05:31 GMT -6
I have not seen any standard to get a certain bend with the pro body tool. It is designed to drill axle holes straight and then use the rail rider tool to get the proper bend. The advantage of the bend in the axles vs. the bend in the axle hole is it doesn't require a drill press and alignment issues can be countered easily with a bent axle and a clockwise/counterclockwise twisting of the axle head. You can get a manual bend in the axle with a cloth, vise and screwdriver/hammer taps but the rail rider is more consistent. With the manual method, just get enough bend such that a sliver of daylight can be seen between the table surface and the outer edge of the wheels on the back and between the table surface and the inner edge of the forward dominant wheel on the front. The non-dominant front wheel would be up preferably or if the rules require that it touches, would be straight.
Thanks for your reply derbydominator! One question....doesn't the rail rider tool (i have one) leave a mark in the axle when you hit it? My axles are all sanded and shiny with up to 1200MX micromesh...they look like mirrors!
Post by derbydominator on Jan 25, 2011 16:21:18 GMT -6
Put a piece of scotch tape over the groove area on the rail rider tool then use a non modified axle to press the tape into the groove. It will keep the axle from getting scratched but it will add a small increase in the angle of bend. However, if you have polished heavily, you will likely need the extra bend. I have it on mine and never take it off except to replace with clean tape. Make sure though that it does not go over the edge that would be in contact with the axle press.