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Old 07-02-2012, 05:51 PM
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Default Light Bridge Modification

I just purchased a DS light bridge and timing system from one of the members. The bridge is for Scalextric track. I am wondering if anyone has ever disassembled one of these and reconstructed it so that it is wide enough to accomodate borders.

From the looks of things, the verticals are PC board and they carry power to the LED's on the top horizontal. Seems I should be able to unsolder the connections top and bottom, make the necessary widening and just add jumpers to complete the circuit. Anyone done this yet? Am I heading for trouble? I know it will void any and all warranties, etc.

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Old 07-03-2012, 04:59 AM
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If modifying, make sure the 2 small lights on the bottom of the bridge base (goes under the track) remain aligned with the holes in the track. These lights interact with the top of the bridge. The beam needs to shine from top of bridge to bottom base. Aligning "beam" with the pre-drilled track holes is key. The cars break this beam each time around and timing is achieved. If bridge is widened, you may pull those lights out too far and out of line with the track holes, then timing will not work. Hope this helps.
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Old 07-03-2012, 05:19 AM
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Alan at Scaleracing is the complete expert on DS systems-may be worth calling him...
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Old 07-03-2012, 05:20 AM
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I don't know anything about DS systems, but it might be easier to cut up a couple borders to accomodate the light bridge than the other way round , definitely cheaper if you make a mistake.

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Old 07-03-2012, 07:01 AM
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I unsoldered my light bridge to use on my routed track. No big deal really...

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Old 07-03-2012, 08:15 PM
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thanks to everyone for all the useful information.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:55 AM
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I had mine apart. I just extended the wiring on the one side. It can be seen on back stretch here on my old old track.

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Default As everyone says, it's easy.

All you need is good soldering skills and you can easily extend the older DS bridges. The latest type are already adjustable so should not be needed to re-solder anything.
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Old 07-18-2012, 06:55 PM
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The bridge has been disassembled and reconstructed to fit. Everything works just fine. Will post some pics when I stop playing with the cars.

Thanks everyone!
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Quote:
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The bridge has been disassembled and reconstructed to fit. Everything works just fine. Will post some pics when I stop playing with the cars.

Thanks everyone!


Guess he never stopped playing with his cars.
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Old 01-25-2014, 02:45 AM
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Whoops! Forgot about this thread. Will take some pictures.
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Old 01-25-2014, 09:16 AM
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Here is one view. Sorry about the poor quality. More in my gallery.

http://www.slotcarillustrated.com/po...ictureid=51728
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