Hey Guys, just thought I would give you a race report here:
Info: There was a good turnout for 4wd buggy, all the vehicles running were 4wd buggy with everyone running from brushless to 13 x 1 vantage motors being the slowest ( assuming the novak brushless is equivalent to a 12 turn ) . Good drivers all around and all XXX-4s. Me putting around with the 19T power.
Practice: My setup was the same as last weeks initially. The track conditions however on the back straight were alittle dicey as there was loose soil on top but it was hard as a rock underneath. With no slipper and the current setup the rear would want to come around under hard acceleration. Slipper is on my list
Heat 1: I started in the last staggard start position but the acceleration of this vehicle is so amazing that I was quickly shot right up there with the leaders. I decided to take it conservative and towards the mid of the race several racers had to drop out to due to various issues, some brakages I think with there XXX-4s. After it was all said and done I managed to finish first .
Pre-heat work: The rear did come around on me twice, so I went to move the inner shock position in the rear bottom in one and I also went to slightly stiffer rear spring, so I was now running silver all around so I could get alittle fast suspension action.
Heat 2: I started this time in the first position and had another great holeshot. The vehicle this time felt a bit better on the slick sections, with the whoops being the tough spot. I did have some errors but still kept it in the race and managed to finish 3rd.
Pre-main: I managed to qualify in the second position. I decided to change the antisquat at this time and also go back to my green ( softer ) springs in the rear.
Main: All drivers were ready for this one. The leader is a very good driver with a brushless power plant. I bobbled in the first turn so I ended up in the back of the pack coming up to the first table top jump. I managed however to squeeze through and take a small lead, throughout the race it was a battle for second as I didn't have the power to really keep up with the leader and his driving skills are very good too. The vehicle however with its current setup turned very well in the tight sections and was great over the jumps. It was still slightly loose on the rear straight but much better than before. Definitely a slipper here would do the trick. I managed to fight through and finish 2nd in the race even though after the massive table top jump I thought I broke an arm, pulled off, but it was fine, so I lost some time there. All around great racing by the 4wd class!
No breakage this time around. The vehicle held together quite well. One thing I did notice is one side of my front wheels I could crank it down more than the other with no binding. I am going to look and see why that is.
I have also noticed that on one side of my front diff drive cups I am getting excessive wear and will probably pickup a set of diff cups soon. I also have some wear on the drive shaft front rear cup.
Other than this and having to re adjust the motor mount after every race ( it moved slightly ) the vehicle performed marvelously. I am quite happy with it performance.
Few questions here:
I am thinking of getting the slipper and front oneway. What will I notice when I drive my 4 Wheeler when I run the front one way?
Whats a good gearing point for a 12 x 2 Vantage / Revolution motor?
Anyone know of a tire that is in between an IFMAR pin and a IFMAR Stud? It almost seems like bowties all around on the track would hookup great.
I tell you guys, To sum it all up though, the buggy is for real, plain and simple.