Steel Wheels on S:TE?

Wednesday, September 5, 2001 8:29 PM
When I went to SFMM, I noticed two things about S:TE. 

First:  That thing is loud!  you can hear it throughout the whole park when its running.  It sounds like a fighter jet flying over. 

Second: it does not get very close to the top of the tower.  When I watched a TV special on it it looked like it got a lot higher than it did when I was there. 

My cousin, (who frequents SFMM) said that when it opened the ride had normal wheels, was quieter, and got a lot higher on the tower.  Is he right?  Did SFMM change the wheels on the ride?  and if so, Why did they do it?

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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 8:33 PM
i think it was because the wheels couldnt handle the speed and got screwed up or something
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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 9:01 PM
As for the height, it seems to depend on the weight af the passengers. I rode it once with only 2 people, myself included (that was interesting!) and it got VERY close to the top. We ran around to the entrance again and had a full train on the next launch, where it didn't even get close.
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Thursday, September 6, 2001 4:36 PM
Just a guess, but I don't think those LIM's last forever.

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Jes
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Thursday, September 6, 2001 4:57 PM
They are LSM's, not LIM's.  The height the car will travel up the tower does in fact depend on the wieght of the car.  I had a whole train to myself one day in the off season and caught the brakes at the top of the tower.  The wheel thing I am not sure about, but as far as I know it has always been that noisy.
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Thursday, September 6, 2001 5:55 PM
Yup, your right, I can never remember which magnet is which.

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Jes
Webmaster, Jes's Roller Coasters
"Thank You Jeff Putz"

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Thursday, September 6, 2001 6:20 PM
Yup, the wheels on S:TE have been changed cause come on know wheels don't last forever.  Those LSM's shoot that car up going 100 mph.  They would have to change the eventually.
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Thursday, September 6, 2001 8:01 PM
I'm pretty sure that they probably changed the wheels they're bound to with the speed the thing achieves. But as for it being more quiet when it opened, as far as I can recall, the thing has always been really loud. And I know the height depends on the weight. I rode with 3 other people once and we did come very cloe to the top. First time a ride actually made me worry with how close we got to the brakes. The best part was that I had the whole front row to myself. So I sat in the middle and took in the view on the way up.

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