Pinewood Rail Rider™ Car Kit

Pinewood Rail Rider™ Car Kit


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Rail Rider™ kit. Fastest cars in pinewood derby utilize the technique of riding the center rail. Let us save you a few bucks on tooling do the things for you, then you build your champion,

Rail riding technique is not difficult to master, but it does take time. Please be aware that all of these kits will need to be tuned by you.

As you can see there are a bunch of options. Please do not get overwhelmed. Each option has a paragraph explaining in detail. Simply scroll down past the options

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Wheels in Order from Slowest to Fastest. Check Rules


Axle polish level

Body Style

What Type of Body?

Axles Bend

Axle Selection – Camber

Wheel Polish

Wheel Polishing?

Tuning Pliers Needed?

Do you need tuning pliers?


How am I adjusting my axles

Type Of weight

Type of weight

Type of wheelbase

Type of Wheel base

Camber Rear Axles

Drilled Camber Rear Axles

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Pinewood Rail Rider™ Car Kit

Experts agree that controlled rail riding will produce a much faster car. When your car consistently rubs against the inside rail all the way down the track it will be faster.  Straight is always faster than a car that loses energy going side to side touching the rail.    It’s important to plan ahead when building a Pinewood Rail Rider™ Car Kit. There are several things you must do to the car body and axles before we ever get to the Rail Rider™ alignment procedures.

Things to consider when choosing.  Know your Pack Rules.

  • Choose 3 wheel center rail riding car or all 4 wheel touching car.  4 wheel touching car will need to utilize the Ghost 4th Wheel Tuning as seen here.  In order to have the fastest Pinewood Rail Rider™ Car Kit, you must construct the car so that one front wheel does not make contact with the track.
  • Choose between bent axles, or pre-drilled holes.   Hand tuned Rail Rider™ will yield the fastest car.  New evidence suggests that pre-drilled rear wheels with straight axles and a handed tuned steering wheel will be the faster build when compared to 3 bent tuned axles.
  • Tuning Board Required.  Tuning required.  The standard arch toward the center rail is about 1″ to the rail over a 4 foot distance. Every car is different. Some require more.  However given that the ramp section of  most metal tracks is 7 foot in length, if you can get it to deviate to the center about the 6 foot length is more desired.  Wood tracks all have different ramp lengths so your ARCH or tuning needs to account for what type of track it will race.  Please Youtube Our method or someone else.  There are many methods with nearly same results.  Choose what best suits you, but you will have to tune.

Our winning car kits come with either precision cut cnc axle slots or precision drilled axle holes drilled with the Goat Boy Drill Station.  Kits with axle slots are always fully BSA compliant with all pack rules.  Especially relevant are your local pack rules.  Please check these rules before purchasing a car body with drilled axle holes.

Leave them in the Dust with Axle and Wheel Upgrade Options

Pinewood Derby Wheel Upgrade Info
Pinewood Derby Axle Upgrade Info

anoacrylate Glue (i.e. Super Glue, we prefer glue called FUSION glue)Fr Cyanoacrylate Glue (i.e. Super Glue, we prefer glue called FUSION gl

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Weight 5 oz


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