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Installing wheels on a Pinewood Derby Car. It's as easy as ABC! 

Example of pinewood car


How to use the Axle Guide on Your Pinewood Derby Car

Pinewood Car Axle Guide

Pro Axle Guide

A tool to aid in installing axles in pinewood derby cars.


Rotate the gap gauge

1. Rotate the gap gauge until it is perpendicular to the body of the tool.  Tighten the screw.  The gap gauge can permanently remain in this position unless you wish to store the tool in the zip lock bag.
Place the Axle Guide on your pinewood derby car

2. Turn your pinewood derby car over and place the tool on the bottom of the car with the ridge in the axle slot and the gap gauge snug against the car body.  If your car has shallow axle slots, turn the tool over so the flat side is against the bottom of the car.
Start the axle in the slot

3. Mount the wheel on the axle and insert the axle partially into the slot holding the tool firmly against the bottom of the car. NOTE: the above picture shows the axle without the wheel for illustration.
Push the axle into the block

4. Place the wheel head on a hard surface. Firmly hold the tool to the block and apply downward pressure on the axle. Continue until the axle will go no further.
Complete the axle installation
5. Use your thumb or the handle of a small screwdriver to push the axle in until the wheel is snug against the gap gauge.
6. Carefully remove the tool and repeat for the other axles.

Pro Axle Guide Video

Watch this video on how to use the Pro Axle Guide to
properly insert your axles in a pinewood derby car.

Pro Axle Guide Video Transcript

The Pro Axle Guide is designed to straightly and correctly install axles into BSA Pinewood Derby cars where the slot is required. The Pro Axle Guide has two distinct features. Number one, a CNC machine ridge to line up in the slot of the block. And number two, a laser cut stainless steel tab designed for correctly spacing the wheels from the body.

First, rotate the tab to 90 degrees and lock with the provided Allen wrench. We recommend first test fitting the axle before preparing your car. Start by installing your Pro Axle Guide, inserting your axle, and an edge or table top can be used to firmly press in your test fit axle. Using an unprepared axle or one you might dispose of is recommended.

After completing all four axle insertion points, remove your test axle and your holes are complete. Finish you car in the manner you like, painting and waiting. Once the car is ready for final essembly, the tab is used as your wheel spacer to set the spacing between the wheel and the body. Insert the axle to the wheel and firmly insert the wheel until the axle is installed snugly and will no longer go in. Once the tool is removed, proper wheel spacing has been set. The opposite side of the Pro Axle Guide is flat and this is designed to be used when the builder has chosen to drill holes and does not have to use slots when building the car. The tab can be used for correct wheel to body spacing. Simply place the tool on the body, then install the axle firmly and remove for correct wheel to body spacing.