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Old 02-16-2005, 09:08 PM   #1
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I would like to know what is the difference between a car using a shaft to deliver the power to the wheels versus a car using a series of belts. Is one easier to drive and/or adjust or it's just a matter of personal choice.

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i'm not an expert but from what i gather... the shaft drive is a lot more durable and is not affected by the amount of debris one the surface... belt systems on the other hand can be damaged by rocks and sand you find on outdoor surfaces... however i think that the belt drive is more efficient
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Suffice it to say that...for R/C purposes both systems work equally well with each having it's own 'pro' and 'con'. Look at all the cars on the market and you'll see a pretty even split in 1/10 scale on-road nitro but you will only see belt drive in 1/8 scale on-road....hmmm....now what does that say? Pick what you like...and like what you pick!
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There is also supposed to be a handling difference depending on the type of track. One is supposed to be better on an open track and the other isworks better on a tight track. Don't ask me which one cause I have no idea. And with my driving skills, it wouldn't make a difference.
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Thank for the tips !
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Shaft vs. Belt

Depends on what class of racing you are in. You also have to be a pretty decent driver to feel the difference and take advantage of it. Shaft drive is better for high torque handling. Hence stock motors, short tracks. You can feel more punch in the acceleration. Some say it torques the car due to gyroscopic effects of the shaft and motor orientation. I doubt 99% of us gets affected by it. A good mechanical system with shafts is suppose to be more efficient. However, in RC, shaft cars don't feel as smooth as belt drive. Belts are a little more forgiving in throttling cause theres some degree of stretch in the belt. I find it smoother at higher speeds. It's not as harsh on the drive train parts; ie, if you hit something and jerks the wheel, belt stretches a bit instead of translating that "jerk" to everything connected to it. A rock to a belt is as damaging as a rock into bevel gears in a shaft car; but some belt cars are sealed you know! Like the XXX-S. It's somewhat a matter of luck really. But if the conditions are so dirty that stones get EVERYWHERE, you shouldn't be running there anyways! Just like backlit radio screens; should you be racing in the dark?

My pick? I personally am a belt fan. Smooth and forgiving.

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