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Stance Offset and Spacing

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• I would like to add to the great Tip of the Month in the June 2019 issue, “Straight and True Wheels.” I call my addition S.O.S., short for “Stance, Offset and Spacing,” which are important considerations in any build.

Stance: This can be achieved by slightly modifying spindle pin location, wheel back modifications, and make sure all four wheels are on the ground.

Offset: The position of the wheels and tires within the wheel wells. If the  front wheels are too far out, the tires would rub while making a turn. Too far in and they look unrealistic. With rear wheels, too far out is better than too far in. If you’re building Street Freaks from the ‘70s, hang those big baloneys out there. Otherwise, keep them tucked in slightly, but not too close to the body.

Spacing: When assembling a body to a chassis, there is often a little play forward and backward. Make sure the wheels are centered, or very slightly forward, in the wheel openings.

Finally, before assembly, mock it up to make sure the wheels and tires are planted in the right spots.
- Chris Newton, via email

Ken:  Chris’s letter was edited a bit for space reasons, but his points are well taken and should be considered when building any scale vehicle. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the subject, Chris.


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