Customizing the axle alignment jig

redlinederby Monday, 1/13/2020
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The Redline Derby Axle Alignment Jig has gone through quite an evolution in a very short amount of time. It’s taken a few different forms since it was made available late last year, and each time it got a little better. I'm very happy with and I hope you are too.

The jig is a wonderful little tool that takes a lot of worry out of the modding process, but when I used it recently to build some cars, I found the car was a little...slidy...when it was on the jig.

It wasn’t a show stopper by any means. The jig is intended as a sit-n-wait type of tool anyway. It’s not really an active work stand but I found that if I needed to move the jig, or sometimes even just bumped it, the car sitting on it would easily slide in the blocks and I’d have to readjust. Again, not a big deal, just something I noticed.

But as is usual for me, when something I made doesn’t feel perfect, I think it’s crap. My mind starts racing with ideas on how I need to redesign the whole thing. Ending is better than mending. But this time I took a moment to think and instead of starting over, tried something else. We’re a bunch of modders, right? So I decided to mod. Although I use the term lightly in this case.

I needed a no-slip surface for the wheel blocks and a quick internet searching led me to a very cheap solution, Plasti-Dip.

Plasti-Dip is paint-on rubber intended for coating your tools for better grip, but the paint is just as easily painted on with a brush. I put a few coats of Plasti-Dip on the wheel blocks and that’s all it took. No more sliding.

So if you have a jig and feel you need a little more stability for your cars when they’re on the blocks, Plasti-Dip is a way to solve it. A can of the Plasti-Dip is $7 at Home Depot. The only downside is you’re left with a near full can of paint but hey...I’m sure you can find more stuff to cover in rubber, right?


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Go_Time 1/15/20

I like the plasti dip idea.  I customized my jig as well...thought I'd share since this thread popped up.  I found (like you) the jig was slippery and I had to be careful when placing weights on car while in the jig. Sooo, here's what I came up with.

Magnets!  I glued a magnet to the underside of the jig and use another magnet as my weight.  It keeps the car straight in jig, and is strong enough that I could flip it upside down and car wont budge...see last pic.

  • Sweet, awesome idea! You did get an early model jig too. All jigs now come with no-slip rubber feet on the bottom. — redlinederby
  • Wonder how cheap I can get magnets for? They'd be a nice and easy add-on option. Hmmmm... — redlinederby
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Mattman213 1/15/20

Great stuff!  I find the Jig slick BUT I find that to be useful in some cases.  It allows the car to "slip" into alignment.  When I would like more traction is when doing axle tubes and each wheel is still a little loose in the tube but once the JB thickens up a bit thats not an issue.  I like the magnet trick ALOT.  I might actually steal both ideas, one for each of my Jigs and then Ill be prepared for anything that may come LOL

Matt

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