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Answers to Rules-Type Questions

  • Are your parts legal?
    • Please read my write-up in Pinewood Derby Rules. The short answer is, "You need to read the rules for your particular race, as they are all different." Some rules are generic and others are extremely explicit. If you have any questions, ask your race manager. I would have no way of knowing your specific rule set and your race manager's expectations.

  • Is Your Graphite Legal?
    • Yes, it is legal for any race that allows dry graphite.

  • Are your parts from the Cub Scout BSA kit?
    • If our part says "BSA" in the title, then yes, it is from the Cub Scout BSA kit. Yes, we purchase them directly from BSA.

Answers to Lubricant Questions

  • What is better, Graphite or NyOil?
    • Graphite is tried and true but NyOil has its advantages and disadvantages. Nyoil will stay on your axles throught the races, whereas loose powdered graphite will blow off your axles each time it runs down the track. Our graphite-coated axles are designed to keep the graphite on your axles throughout all your heats, and track tests proved they are faster than NyOil coated axles. Nyoil MUST be used sparingly, only one or two drops! DO NOT mix graphite and NyOil.

  • Should I polish the BSA axles I purchased from you?
    • Yes, we recommend a light polishing on the BSA axles because they can tarnish over time, even though they are individually sealed in little bags for shipping. We recommend our axle polishing kit that contains pumice (finely crushed rock that creates an abrasive polish), wet/dry sandpaper and full instructions, plus 5 spare axles.

  • Do I still need graphite with graphite-coated axles?
    • Yes, because you need to work graphite through the wheel bore. Squirt graphite into the wheel bore, spin your wheels and repeat, so it works through the entire wheel bore.

  • Are 4 grooves better than 2 grooves in axles?
    • No, our PRO axles are precision designed by mechanical engineers. We cut grooves for a purpose. One groove under the axle head removes the corner, so the axle rides flush against the axles head, thereby reducing wobble. The other, wider groove, is strategically placed so it is always in the center of the wheel to reduce friction and so it does not catch the edge of the wheel. Four grooves are a gimmick. Consider this; if 4 grooves are good, why not 5, 6 or 10 tiny grooves!

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      Tips & Hints

      Just like the pistons in an engine block, you want your axles to be tight fitting in the wheel bore, to reduce wheel wobble. If your Rules allow, use one of our slightly oversized Speed Axle or PRO Super Speed Axle.

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      painting Tip

      When painting with children, it is better to use a paint brush rather than spray paint because spray paint can cause vapors. If the child is spray painting, be sure to use a breathing mask and be in an open area.

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      rules Hint

      BSA Rules are different from Awana Rules, which are different from Adult Race Rules, etc. Check our Pinewood Derby Rules page to download Pinewood Derby rules for different kinds of races.

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