A quick race report. Last night I ran the car again on the super-rough track where the DI made its debut. The layout had changed, there were some smoother parts - but the rough stuff was still bloody rough
Anyway, I'm pleased to report that I have managed to improve the cars handling quite a bit, though the biggest bumps were still too much for the car.
A few notes:
I can't recommend the DF-02 shocks for racing. I have had the small bushing in the rear shocks collapse on a few occasions - due to crashes or hard landings from jumps. I changed from the white low-friction ones to the black standard ones but still suffered the same problems. So far this has only occured on the rear, where the shocks have a greater load.
Some guys are running B4 shocks on their DI's - my advice is to do that.
I hope the new DF-03 shocks do not use the same seal components!
I have had a few issues with my rear diff slipping - I suppose understandable considering the roughness of the track and the fact that I dont have a slipper yet. I could also have a faulty locknut because I put some superglue on it and everything now seems ok.
Drivetrain otherwise seems super strong No gear wear, diffs still smooth, no stripped bevel gears (even when landing from jumps with the throttle on!).
Front shock tower seems to be a bit of a weakpoint. I fractured mine on the first meeting, but it's held together ok since then, mainly because I have bolted my carbon tower to it - which would add quite a bit of strength.
The Five-Stars or GPM towers should both fix this.
Rear shocktower is very strong - no doubt the flex in it is preventing any breakage. My 2-piece carbon tower worked perfectly, being both stiff and tough
I'm still not convinced about the jumping performance yet - with some jumps it seems very difficult to keep the nose up. I'll have to wait until I get to a smoother track with decent jumps before I can get a more accurate idea of how well it does jump.
I'll try and post a setup later.