Axel work 101

Kingjester Friday, 9/29/2023

The king of jesters is back and uh well, with a lot of my recent performances I've been less of king but living up to the jester part of my name. One of my biggest issues I've been seeing with my builds is that my axel work is very bad at the moment. I know the basics like polishing axels, graphiting axels, and sanding the wheels but I'm clearly doing something wrong. So what are the techniques behind making your axels better?


Test track and wheel farm. 

In order of importance to me

1) wheel farm the best possible wheels

2) graphite (fresher the better ; ) 

3) Max out the weight within parameters.

4) polish axles 

5)weight distribution 

  • Totally agree with wheels first. You can polish and lube all day but if you have a wobbly/buzzy wheel it won't improve much. — FeralPatrick
  • How do you determine the best possible wheels? — Stoopid_Fish_Racing
  • Buy LOTS of cars, check each wheel for wobble or buzz when it spins. — FeralPatrick
  • got it... yeah, I would love to figure a GOOD way to fix those wheels... — Stoopid_Fish_Racing
  • Short drag track, buy some castings with the same wheels sizes as desired casting 4-10 seams to work. Graphite all and run them head to head, mod the fastest of the bunch, give the rest to the neighbors kids — Milestone_Racing

I have a question about the axle polishing part. Do you guys use just a polishing wheel or a polishing compound as well? I would think that the compound would gum up or at least interact with the wheel lube to cause drag at some point.

  • Flitz is what I use and as long as you wipe off the axle after polishing it'll be fine. — FeralPatrick
  • I typically use the green compound. Sometimes dry wipe the residue off, sometimes I use an alcohol wipe. Haven't really noticed a difference between the two — Milestone_Racing
  • Use a cotton ball soaked in alcohol to wipe off the residue then a dry one to finish cleaning it off. — RLoRacing
  • 6 micron diamond lapping paste, on a wood stick holding the axle in a pin vice, then finish with the buffer, — dr_dodge
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dr_dodge 9/30/23

when wheel farmin' the axle is as important as the wheel
if a wheel slowly spun is true, but the wheel won't spin fast, probably the axle.
those are the axles I cut for stubs, and toss the bad half
some axles are real bad at the head, some can be saved, but, why bother,
bob apart another axle rather than starting with a flawed one
use a magnifier and you'll see the difference


  • do not make me bust out the microscope... lol dammit... now I'm gonna have to! — Stoopid_Fish_Racing
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