Monday, August 21, 2000 8:23 AM
Why is the Outer Limits "Flight of Fear" so rough, why not change the wheels or trains to see if they can improve the quality of the ride, I think that they should "unclose" it like Joker's Jinx and have lighning under the track so it lookes scary. Use special paint so the tracks Glow-In-The Dark effect..
Monday, August 21, 2000 9:22 AM
The way the ride tracks isn't rough at all, and it's one of my favorite examples of the difference between rough tracking and rough transitions (coupled with head-swallowing harnesses).
I found the OL rides as well as Jinx to track extremely smooth. The problem has more to do with the harsh transitions. To make things worse, the long trains cause some violent pushing and pulling as one part of the train enters an element while the other end does something else. The whole thing is amplified with the insanely large OTSR's, though PKD's seemed to have much softer padding than the one at PKI.
Some seats are better than others, and I've found that the front is the easiest to deal with. Other seats, especially those over wheels, can cause some major hurt.
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Monday, August 21, 2000 9:31 AM
The one thing I noticed on these is how on the launch the cars seem to shimmy down the straight away. I wonder if single bench trains would help on this ride with the transitions.
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Tuesday, August 22, 2000 7:51 AM
I don't know about everybody else, but the roughness of OLFOF doesn't bother me! Outer Limits at PKD remains one of my favorite rides of all time (but maybe it's just because of the sound of the LIM's firing). It's the only launched coaster I've ever been on. The year I went, i got some great CONSTRUCTION :( pics of Volcano
Tuesday, August 22, 2000 10:35 AM
Outer limits is not rough at PKD anymore. They put new head pads on it and my head didn't hurt. I went there on Sunday and the ride was more fun than the time I went in June.
Tuesday, August 22, 2000 11:19 AM
I didn't think that OL was intense at all. Compared to Vortex and Face Off, OL was not bad at all. I enjoyed it a lot more than I anticipated
Tuesday, August 22, 2000 1:41 PM
I agree with Jeff. The transitions are brutal on this ride. Maybe the manufacturer was given a specific footprint to work within. This would account for the severe layout. As far as the launch shimmy, I seem to recall that Mr. Freeze at SFSL did the same thing. It maybe a trait of LIM launched coasters.
Tuesday, August 22, 2000 3:31 PM
If ridden properly, OL:FOF is a great ride. I find that if you put your head forward, with your shoulders against the restraints, you can fight off the jolts that the transitions throw at you. It is my 2nd favorite at PKI.
Tuesday, August 22, 2000 3:37 PM
Could air currents caused by the close proximity of the track to a fast-moving train in an enclosed area have anything do to with roughness? I don't know if it causes the roughness or not, but it was just an idea that passed through my mind.
Tuesday, August 22, 2000 3:41 PM
If they left it enclosed & put glow in the dark paint on that would give a cool effect. They would have to have black lights though.
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Tuesday, August 22, 2000 4:43 PM
I found the train with the yellow warning stickers more rough than the others at PKI.
My guess would be how the trains are maintained???
I don't know,but I still enjoy it.:)
Tuesday, August 22, 2000 4:47 PM
I rode OL:FOF this year for the first time in about three years, and found it was significantly less brutal than I had remembered it. It was certainly less brutal than The Beast!