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From: Frank Pittelli <frank-at-rctankcombat.com>
Subject: Re: Idler wheel tensioning
Date: Fri, 06 Aug 2004 17:07:39 -0400
Reply-To: tanks-at-rctankcombat.com

Marc en Wendy wrote:
> There is one question: I noticed that most tankers have fixed idler 
> wheel tensioning mechanisms. Does anyone have experience with variable 
> mechanisms like my gas spring construction?

I've often thought about putting them on the Tiger, so I'll be waiting 
to see how your field tests go with the gas springs.  In theory they 
should help when the track is stressed by dynamic loads, but it is 
probably difficult to get just the right combination of spring and 
tension to make it work well.  So, be sure to publish an "honest" 
appraisal after your field tests ;-)

        Frank P.