Hey y'all, I'm a noob but 've been reading and trying to learn as much as possible. I have built a couple cars now and I've been doing some un-timed testing on my daughter's 24' Blu Track and one thing I've been wondering is, are new Johnny Lightning products bad for racing?
I had read people (drag) race them with good success, so I recently picked up a 76 Chevy Van (Schwinn) and a 77 Dodge Van (Mongoose) to test. I thought they'd be good because of their heavy weights but was surprised to find they can barely roll straight out of the package. They have wheels that aren't round and bent axles on both. The front driver's side wheel on the Mongoose doesn't even stay in contact with the track, it lifts for half a rotation while the oblong wheel rotates back 180 just in time to touch the surface again.
I've kept an eye out at the pegs and examined other vans and there seem to be issues there too.
Now, I've snagged a new-old-stock JL 76 Dodge Van from and the difference is night and day - it blows the doors off the other two. It's one of the faster stock diecast I have now.
So, are new Johnny Lightning products bad for racing? If so, does anyone know approximately when they went bad? If not, what's good?