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    In the snow

    snow on the ground good chance to do some winter manuvers with the tiger 1 10 feet straight out lateral turn to the left 2 feet straight left side track comes off cuase left rear outside idler wheel comes off 20 min search yields frost bite on hands but no wheel guess i will have to wait for the snow to melt took 4 wheel drive traxxas stampede out ripped it up for 30 min 10 feet high snow rooster tails NO BROKEN OR LOST PARTS.
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    sounds just like me ......

    I broke out the summit instead..
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    A couple of things

    Pre-chill the tank by letting it sit outside so all the wheels and tracks get down to the ambient temperature.

    Use a T-34 instead, Those interlocking Tiger wheels are crap in snow, ice and mud.

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    I've driven my M41 in the snow for probably about an hour total, still going strong, haven't broke anything yet.
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    The inter leaved wheels of the tiger are the main problem. they fill up with snow and ice and can't properly function. The design of the track is also a problem. Dan's suggestion to let the tank chill before running it will help alleviate some of these issues.
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    You can also spray a little pam on the running gear and the tracks to keep the snow build up to a minium.

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    Been my experience that snow gathers and freeze's in the idler groove, especially if it's metal. Track can't .....track so your throwing.....track.
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    snow melted enough to find my idler wheel thought about spraying it with pam ar WD-40 but the snow just packs in behind the wheel and when you turn it splits the two piece wheel in half same for mud maybe some sort of super glue just enough to hold them togeather with out joining them Permanently

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrowe View Post
    snow melted enough to find my idler wheel thought about spraying it with pam ar WD-40 but the snow just packs in behind the wheel and when you turn it splits the two piece wheel in half same for mud maybe some sort of super glue just enough to hold them togeather with out joining them Permanently
    I've used small zip ties on my pzIII. 2 on each idler will do the job, and you can find all kinds of colored ones these days so it blends in a bit.
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    How do you zip-tie an idler together?
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    I use small copper wire wraped around two spokes .works great and are not that noticable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sky_HawK View Post
    How do you zip-tie an idler together?
    Like Wayne does with wire, just wrap it around the spokes. Wont work on a solid idler but you could drill some pilot holes and screw a solid one together. Even with white zip's on they are not very noticable once moving, if you use black or green they'd pretty much disappear.
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    I feel your pain. The ice broke my idler too. Click image for larger version. 

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    What for the really cold temperatures. Chilling the suspension helps, but if the temperature is too close to 32*F, then the snow will melt as you drive over it and then refreeze on the suspension parts. Better to run it when it's really cold or warm enough not to refreeze. I'd say only run when below 25*F or above 40*F. That should get you past the melting/re-freezing cycle. Oh, and heavier tanks need it to be colder than light tanks. Their weight creates more pressure which melts the snow under the tracks. (watch big trucks versus little cars drive through snow to see that effect)

    Of course, the chilly 65*F that we're having here is ideal for tank running.
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    my old HL tiger did really well
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    and on a good day the old KT can performe on snow :-)
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    Ya my tank will do ok on hard pack its the powder stuff that makes it tough

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    thats pretty good my Taigen would have thrown a wheel after the first turn that must be the headless horseman of tanks!!
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    my old HL tiger did really well

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    Wow glad myidler only seperated!!
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    I feel your pain. The ice broke my idler too. Click image for larger version. 

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    I dont take my tanks out in winter...got myself a Kyosho Blizzard...I stay warm inside and clean the patio with it just need to stand in front of the patio door and bingo...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patski View Post
    I dont take my tanks out in winter...got myself a Kyosho Blizzard...I stay warm inside and clean the patio with it just need to stand in front of the patio door and bingo...
    With ya on that, have a tammy king hauler with servo operated plow to do my sidewalk.
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    I have an older Blizzard, not the new twin brushless one. It did surprisingly well in the snow when it's cold enough. Too warm and it just packs the tracks full and they start slipping.
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    One of the worse conditions for these tanks is snow at melting temperature. Just avoid it, as no good will come from it. I run my tanks a lot in the snow, but up here we have -10C and colder most of the winter, so the snow stays snow..

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    That is cool sir!
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    With ya on that, have a tammy king hauler with servo operated plow to do my sidewalk.

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    Tracks are like dirt bike chains. If i'ts going to be used in conditions that fill the links then you need to put more slack into them. The last photo is a good indicator that the tracks were over tightened.
    Last edited by Rustytrax; 12-12-2013 at 10:46 AM.
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