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#1 xXhunter47Xx

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 05:16 PM

Okay, first of all I have a nerf Stryfe running at 9 volts, obviously more than the six. All the unnecessary electronics were removed.

I've noticed that on the flywheels, after running about 100 or so rounds through it, that there are bits of burnt foam on the flywheels.
For those who have been running their stryfe/rayven at over 6 volts, have you noticed the same?

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 05:26 PM

Its nothing to worry about, It is logical that at higher RPMs you will experience some charred color on the flywheels. In fact, I have tested that with just stock motors and stock voltage this coloration will appear after extended use. It should be alright. Have you felt the flywheels, the coloration shouldn't inhibit ranges but I would suggest you open up your stryfe and just clear that out if you can. Furthermore, I would recommend you apply Plasti-Dip to the flywheels to increase traction.

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 08:29 PM

Plastidip eventually peels off too. I believe some people are using athletic tspe now.
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Posted 28 July 2013 - 09:54 PM

Plastidip eventually peels off too. I believe some people are using athletic tspe now.

Athletic tape actually sounds like it would be much worse. Instead of just pealing off, it would leave a sticky mess on the flywheels.
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Posted 28 July 2013 - 10:12 PM

Athletic tape actually sounds like it would be much worse. Instead of just pealing off, it would leave a sticky mess on the flywheels.


If you guys are talking about the stuff used to tape lacrosse and hockey sticks, then that will definitely wear off much quicker than plastidip.
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Posted 28 July 2013 - 10:25 PM

I personally wrap my flywheels in duct tape.

Wrap a single layer around the wheels, and cut it with a razor so the two ends match perfectly. Drip a dot of superglue on the seam and let gravity pull it down. This holds the tape supastrong.

I've never had my wheels come unwrapped, and the foam buildup occurs much slower.
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Posted 28 July 2013 - 11:39 PM

Athletic tape actually sounds like it would be much worse. Instead of just pealing off, it would leave a sticky mess on the flywheels.

I haven't done it, but it's not rubbery kind. I have seen it used on drum sticks and golf grips, myself. I don't know the proper name for it.
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Posted 29 July 2013 - 10:46 AM

Athletic tape leaves no residue.

Duke's duct tape idea sounds cool though.
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Posted 29 July 2013 - 12:49 PM

I personally wrap my flywheels in duct tape.

Duct tape will leave a terrible sticky residue as it wears away.

Does anyone have actual side by side range tests of flywheels covered with something versus unwrapped flywheels? Does wrapping the flywheels improve performance at all?

Edited by DartSlinger, 29 July 2013 - 12:49 PM.

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 03:43 PM

Duct tape will leave a terrible sticky residue as it wears away.

Does anyone have actual side by side range tests of flywheels covered with something versus unwrapped flywheels? Does wrapping the flywheels improve performance at all?



Personally, my own stryfe has replaced motors and plasti-dip on stock voltage. Although I have not officially range tested it, it seems as if after I applied the Plasti-dip I saw a very minimal range increase possibly ~5 ft more then with simply replaced motors, however, I did see a significant increase in accuracy, It seems as if the added traction on the dart allocates for the flywheels to fling the darts out a bit straighter. If you are teetering on the edge of applying Plasti-dip, I would go right ahead, its fairly cheap and makes your blaster just a little better.
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Posted 29 July 2013 - 09:33 PM

I personally wrap my flywheels in duct tape.


Isn't duct tape a bit slippery for use as added traction? The stuff I have doesn't seem like it would provide any benefit traction-wise.
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 01:25 PM

Duct tape will leave a terrible sticky residue as it wears away.


False. Duct tape will peel cleanly off flywheels, and it also doesn't 'wear away'; it is a permanent flywheel wrap. That's the whole reason i use duct tape and not plastidip.


Isn't duct tape a bit slippery for use as added traction? The stuff I have doesn't seem like it would provide any benefit traction-wise.


Comparatively, the duct tape wheels give a slight traction boost. However, were not just increasing the gripping surface of the wheels; we are also decreasing the gap between the wheels. This provides much more 'traction' than stock wheels simply because the dart must pass through a smaller area.
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Posted 30 July 2013 - 03:26 PM

False. Duct tape will peel cleanly off flywheels, and it also doesn't 'wear away'; it is a permanent flywheel wrap. That's the whole reason i use duct tape and not plastidip.

Duct tape will only peel off until the smooth outer skin is worn away. Then only the adhesive will be left on the flywheels, and it will not peel off easily. You will have to use Goo Gone or a similar product to remove it. Putting duct tape on flywheels is analogous to putting electrical tape over a plunger seal: it will provide better results until the tape degrades. Then you will have a sticky mess on your hands.

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 04:33 PM

Duct tape will only peel off until the smooth outer skin is worn away. Then only the adhesive will be left on the flywheels, and it will not peel off easily. You will have to use Goo Gone or a similar product to remove it. Putting duct tape on flywheels is analogous to putting electrical tape over a plunger seal: it will provide better results until the tape degrades. Then you will have a sticky mess on your hands.


Perhaps you misunderstand the power of duct tape.

The outer layer will not wear away. How do i know this? The ominous 'blue buildup' still occurs from darts, although slower.

The tape will not wear away.
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