June 2015

4 Awesome Seattle RC Tracks

At first, open fields and empty parking lots give you plenty of room to play with your RC cars. Eventually, you will yearn for a challenging track that allows you to practice maneuvering around tight corners, going over jumps and blasting down the straights. Luckily, if you are in the Seattle area, there are several indoor and outdoor tracks to enjoy. You will have to try out each one to see which suits your vehicle type and driving style.

South SeaTac Outdoor Track

The off-road track in south SeaTac gives you a chance to race your buggy, rally car or truck on a well-designed dirt track. Several jumps allow for plenty of practice using throttle and braking controls to perfect your takeoffs and landings. A series of tight corners and a crossover section also provide a nice technical challenge to help you hone your driving skills. A covered, raised platform allows all racers to have an unimpeded view of the entire track. Plans are in the works to eventually construct an on-road course adjacent to the dirt track.

Kong RC Drift Track

A brand new indoor drift track, Kong RC Drift, opened on June 2nd in Lynnwood. The cordoned off track features an ultra smooth driving surface that helps you work on your drift angles. You can just drop in anytime from 2pm to 10pm on Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 8pm on Sunday to simply practice alone or with friends. The drift track shares space with the hobby store for instant access to replacement parts as needed. The shop also sells a wide range of hobby RCs, including all of the greatest drift cars available today.

Fantasy World Racing

Fantasy World Hobbies in Tacoma offers access to an outdoor on-road track for RC cars, trucks and buggies. You can come down on any clear Sunday throughout the race season, which runs from May to August, to participate. Each week, race organizers set up the track from scratch using PVC pipe barriers. You can show up early in the morning, at about 9am, to help build the track and sneak in a few practice laps. To participate in each car class, you will need to pay the $15 per person, or $25 per family.

Hangar 30

Seattle RC Racers club rents out Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park during their normal competition season. The group meets in the hangar each Wednesday night from September through April. Starting at 5pm, the group works together to build the track. Afterward, racers are allowed to complete a few practice runs. The actual competition tends to begin a couple hours after that. To participate, you do need to maintain ROAR membership and pay $15 per person, or $25 for families, for each vehicle class you run. While practicing and competing, you can stand on the raised platform for a clear view of the track space.

Makes sure to visit each track on this list to improve your driving skills, experience fun competitions and meet new friends.

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4 Places to Find RC Drift Tires

As you slide your drift car over the pavement, the rough surface rapidly sands down the hard plastic material at a surprising rate. My first set of drift tires lasted about 12 hours of runtime tops. Although I had the bright idea of raising the body to compensate, the flat spots on the tire surface affected the handling characteristics of my car too much.

So, at that point, I resigned myself to the fact that I would be buying drift tires every two weeks if I kept practicing that often. To save my pocketbook from ruin, I knew I needed to find some great deals on RC drift tires.

My search revealed the four following options as a great starting point.

Raikou

Raikou is a small-scale RC parts supplier with a wide range of drift tires available on their site. RC enthusiasts confirm the supplier’s claims that their most popular tire, the D70, withstands constant abuse without wearing down too quickly.

Many of the other options are precisely cut to allow intense camber adjustments that totally change the stance of your drift vehicle. You can even pick up narrow 24mm tires to emulate the ever-popular stretched look.

Before you make your selections, read the listings carefully. Some of the sets come with two tires, while others arrive in sets of four. With shipping, you will likely pay just under $20 for four drift tires.

Tower Hobbies

Tower Hobbies carries a large selection of drift tires from HPI Racing and Team Associated. If you want to save money on your order, go with the smooth drift tires lacking the simulated tread pattern.

All of the listings vary in quantity and contents. Some of the tires come in sets of four with rims, sets of two without, and vice versa. Before adding your selections to the cart, check the right side of the button for the ‘In Stock’ designation. Otherwise, you could be waiting weeks to months for your parts to arrive.

Remember to apply the 011P1 coupon code if your order totals more than $55 to save $8. Orders over $99 ship free, unless you happen to make your purchase during the limit drop to $49.

Amazon

Unlike the other options on this list, many of the drift tire sets on Amazon come with rims. Considering the low price of this combo offer, however, it’s not likely the rims are the highest quality. Therefore, if you regularly crash your car into curbs, walls and other obstructions, you might just want to mount the drift tires on stronger rims from the get go.

On the other hand, you are not losing much if you give the provided rims a try.

Although I have not tried out these tires and rims myself, the 5 spoke white set, 5 spoke green set and Hobbypower black set all feature good reviews. All three sets are priced under $15 shipped for a set of four, if you have Prime.

Local Hobby Shops

Check your local hobby shops for drift tire options and deals whenever you can. If the demand is there, hobby shop owners will start to keep these tires in stock for their loyal customers.

Many of the hobby shops will also order the requested tires for customers who request that service. Although you may end up paying a few dollars more for a full set than when buying online, the ability to have the tires that day is usually well worth the extra cost.

Plan Your Tire Replacements

Refer back to these listings anytime to pick up drift tires before yours start to wear too thin. I tend to replace my drift tires when the body starts to lightly drag on the ground. Other factors may play into your replacement timing, however, depending on your chassis type and personal preferences.

**Disclaimer: I’ve provided affiliate links in this post. If you’re not comfortable following those links, go through the supplier’s main page to source and purchase the item in question. Thanks.

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