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Thread: Trials Marlins

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    Re: Trials Marlins

    The marlin I run is a long wheelbase model we have modified the steering arms (shortened by 1inch)to tighten the turning circle which has made a big difference on some of the tighter sections

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    Re: Trials Marlins

    Are you allowed a knob on the steering wheel I assume twiddle brakes are a no no??
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    Re: Trials Marlins

    Just to say on behalf of the silent majority I am very much enjoying this thread.
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    Re: Trials Marlins

    Yes you can have a knob on the steering wheel the fiddler brakes are used on classic(sporting) trials car not on production car trials car
    Last edited by MarkG; 09-12-2018 at 03:14 PM.

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    Re: Trials Marlins

    With regard to improving steering response on a MK2 Roadster, fitting a 10" steering wheel improves things a lot and the steering isn't noticeably heavier as a consequence.
    Doing this mod has an added bonus resulting in more leg room which helps get on and off the brake pedal more easily.

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    Re: Trials Marlins

    Like Milliemarlin I also find this thread interesting. Excuse my ignorance but what are fiddler brakes? Speaking as magazine editor it has been a long while since I had anything on Marlins in trials so some sort of article would be great, whether it be a report on a trial or something technical regarding the cars them selves. Something to think about?

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    Re: Trials Marlins

    I believe that they are individual hand brakes allowing the driver to 'lock' a spinning wheel so allowing drive to be transmitted to the other . Acts like an LSD but only with driver input.
    I'm no expert so if anyone can put me right please go ahead!

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    Re: Trials Marlins

    The ones that I have seen at The Exeter Trial were on cable operated brakes. There was a separate lever outside the body with no ratchet. Pulling the lever operated the rear brakes and pushing it forward operated the front brakes, using additional cables linked to the brake levers. I believe hydraulic systems use the same principle just with extra master cylinder(s).

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    Re: Trials Marlins

    Cheers for that Tony, I know Feb 19 is a bit away yet but I have been on The Fellside website and it doesn't mention geographic locations. I would like to go and see what happens first.
    Dave.

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    Re: Trials Marlins

    Quote Originally Posted by dogoncrazy View Post
    I believe that they are individual hand brakes allowing the driver to 'lock' a spinning wheel so allowing drive to be transmitted to the other . Acts like an LSD but only with driver input.
    I'm no expert so if anyone can put me right please go ahead!
    Allowed on some classes of trials car, fiddle brakes is a system of two hand levers that operate the rear brakes independently side to side the art is to know which wheel is spinning.
    http://www.austin7club.org/thetrialscar37.htm
    Last edited by b_caswell; 04-12-2018 at 10:31 PM.
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