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    Hi guys, I’ve started working on a new project. I’ll reveal soon. Space is an issue & I would like to go sidewinder on it. Can someone give me the width measurement of a slotit sidewinder pod, so from outside of bearing to outside of bearing? Also the same measurement but with a spur gear included.

    Alternatively is there any other sidewinder pods that are available that are not as long as Slotit? 3D printed etc. The slotit make there pods interchangeable with inline so it will be a lot longer than I need. I’m looking the smallest sidewinder pod in all dimensions.

    Any help would be great. This build will be quite the challenge if I can work it out.

  • #2
    The Slot.it sidewinder pod is 1.328 inches wide (33.75mm). With a Slot.it spur gear it is 1.484 inches wide (37.78mm). If you need a shorter pod I do not believe that there are any printed pods that are shorter, but you could take a section out of a Slot.it pod.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by mopargreg View Post
      Hi guys, I’ve started working on a new project. I’ll reveal soon. Space is an issue & I would like to go sidewinder on it. Can someone give me the width measurement of a slotit sidewinder pod, so from outside of bearing to outside of bearing? Also the same measurement but with a spur gear included.

      Hello, If width across the bushings/bushing holders is an issue, there is a fairly simple modification that will reduce this measurement by 2/3 mm per side,........I have done this on many pods (Slot-it ,Scaleauto etc.) that require a narrower than stock rear end.

      If it turns out that you have issues with the width of a stock pod, please let me know, and I will be happy to post a few pics. , and a description of the mods.

      Cheers
      Chris Walker

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      • #4
        Look for posts by VTECH 4 on this site, I do believe he has access to a very small SW pod that’s printed by a mate of his.
        "I don't make mistakes. I make prophecies which immediately turn out to be wrong "
        "And that just shows you how important the car is in Formula One Racing"

        Murray Walker

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        • #5
          The 1mm offset bearing pods are narrower... 29.5mm wide without bearings/bushings... 30.5mm with bearings/bushings (standard 3/16 bushings fit)... I wish they made .5 offset versions... This is essentially what Chris does to his pods, iirc.

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          • #6
            Thanks for all your replies guys. I’ll do some research on the vtech4 pod. I’ll check after work if an unmodified slotit pod will fit.

            Also another question. Are there any hubless aluminium wheels available now? So the set screw would go through the tire? I have an older BWA Wheel that has this on another car. Basically I need the wheel flat on the back with no hub & set screw sticking out. Either a larger style 17” 1/32 wheel or smaller 1/24 wheel will work.

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            • #7
              SCC used to have them.

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              • #8
                CB designs at SCC

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                • #9
                  My go-to sidewinder pods were designed and and are resin printed by 3DRon, a clubmate at Greater Vancouver Slot Car Club (GVSCC) in Canada.

                  They are for scratch build applications and are not replacements for Slot It plastic pods.

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                  There are pods for either a FF050 slim can or S-can.

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                  Both are dimensionally the same, 29mm wide and 30mm long. They accept 3/32" x 3/16" axle oilites/bushings which obviously adds width. For gearing you're looking for a combined length of 25.5mm (eg. 6.5mm pinion, 19t crown) using a 3/32" axle.

                  The finish is much smoother than those from stl. file printing and the resin has a a bit of flexibility that's helpful for fitting in the motors.

                  Ron's confirmed that he's back into printing so he can be contacted at rgdesnoyers2006(at)yahoo(dot)ca for more info.

                  Hope this helps.

                  Dan


                  Last edited by vtecfour; August 1, 2020, 03:01 AM. Reason: more pics

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                  • #10
                    Fantastic thanks. These look really nice. Thanks for the info & sharing.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for posting the Pods Dan.

                      Your build looks great!

                      I'll be sending you ten more motor pods this week, you're a machine at building Brass Chassis!

                      Cheers,
                      3DRon

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                      • #12
                        By the way, the price for the Pods are $8.00 each. 2 for $15, or 3 for $20 CAD.

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