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How To Use Bogg Glue For Slotcar Drag Racing.

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DRS-101 Glueboard "With Handle & Non Skid Feet"

Glueboards are used to apply glue (traction compound) to your tires and to the track. Our method of doing this consists of applying a large amount of Bogg glue on your glueboard and taking your index finger and smearing it around until it is smooth, and evenly applied on one end of the board. Keep in mind that you need to be able to roll your car through the glue on your board at least four inches. This is because with a tire diameter of 1 inch, times PI (3.14) gives you a roll out of 3.14 inches. If you do not roll your tires at least four inches you will not get an even coat of glue applied equally to your tires!

Then you hold the front of your car with one hand and the rear of the car with your fingers up under the rear of the car. Then you roll the cars rear tires through the glue a few times, only pressing down on the car hard enough to make sure that the rear tires roll through the glue, then turn the car upside down to make sure the glue is evenly applied around the tires. Then take the car to the track and set the car down on the track perfectly straight about four inches behind the starting line. Then roll the car using your hand (perhaps holding the car using the rear body mount) down the track about six to ten feet as slow as possible to apply the glue evenly to the track.

How many times you do this depends on the type of car you race, available track power, tire width, and temperature. When you feel you have enough glue applied to the track, glue your tires one final time with a heavy coat, then set the front of the car down in the slot keeping the rear tires from touching the track. Then move the car forward until the car is staged, and then set the rear of the car down perfectly straight and race from that position. You will have to adjust how much glue you apply to both the glueboard and the track, but this is the method that works!

More horsepower generally requires heavier glue. We have been running the C-Can motor cars including Top Gun with light glue using a DRS-110 Tire with the outside edge rolled off to give a effective tread width of .300 inches. On the AA/FA, AA/FC, and AA/FD Cars we have been running the DRS-110 Tire with the outside edge rolled off to give a effective tread width of .380 inches using either medium or heavy glue This is based on Texas weather, your application will no doubt vary. We do prefer to use a tire that has been narrowed by rolling off the outer edge as the sidewall width remains wide and will still stop in the glue at the shutdown area. The real narrow rim tires do not stop well in the shutdown area due to the fact that the sidewalls being narrow, have a lot less area on the tire to grab the glue to stop! The glue grabs the sidewall of the tire as it sinks into the shutdown glue. However we do like to race against these cars with the real narrow rims, as by the time they have thumped the foam, blanket, or whatever a few times, they will not be much of a threat in the final rounds.

  1. Glue can also be mixed together to get that Special Blend for your application. We stir ours with a piece of .093 wire with a small piece of flat brass stock soldered to it. Put your stirring tool in your Dremel tool and run at LOW SPEED, or you will find out why you should have run it at low speed. Battery powered Dremel tools work best for this.
  2. Tire width is absolutely critical for maximum performance. .010 difference in tire width has a profound effect on performance!
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