If you've recently upgraded to ARC we'd love to hear about your experiences. Did you use the set or just the powerbase? Any feedback you'd like to give us?
Also, if there's anyone who has some questions about upgrading to ARC, feel free to post them in this thread, we're always happy to help.
The ARC ONE system has received some criticism regarding the choice of hand throttles which lack braking and can be a bit small for adult hands. However, these minor niggles can easily be overcome with a small modification.
First it should be noted that this modification will invalidate the warranty and should only be attempted by those with some knowledge of handling electronic circuits as there is a risk of damaging the electronics if static electricity is discharged into the delicate components.
This modification will help increase enjoyment of the ARC One system by incorporating the advantages of the standard Sport Power Base:
- use of standard throttles fitted with 3.5mm plugs
- braking when releasing the throttle
- longer cables
- creating two driver positions
- isolating the power to the two cars so the deslotting of one won't result in a surge of power to the other
Do not be tempted to insert Sport Power Bases without undertaking this modification as damage to the ARC ONE base could result.
The process to modify the ARC ONE Power Base is as below:
Remove the 8off screws arrowed and remove the cover
Turn the track piece over and remove the 2off screws
Gently lift out the PCB and contacts, taking care to ease the contacts off of the 9off moulded pins
Remove the connector.
Reassemble taking care to seat the PCB and contacts correctly and not trap any wires.
Insert two Sport power bases into the circuit at convenient points
Set both supply selector switches to the right hand position (16V / 16V)
Insert power and throttle to the left hand pair of sockets on one base and to the right hand pair on the other base.
Remove the throttles from the ARC ONE base, leaving just the power lead in place.
The ARC ONE can now be enjoyed as before but with the additional advantages of the Sport Power Bases as listed above.