Hobie-Glad to see you still have some interest in pan cars. Welcome to the thread.
Mathjis-Thanks for the tips. The car was well balanced today. I think I will leave the cutouts as is.
New Losi Mini-T based front suspension
Cristian- (Atomicmods.com). Here is a link to the Losi Mini-T supension Arms
. My front suspension is working very well. It eliminated blowovers on the straight and made the car faster as well. Now here is the problem. Cristian, you already know that I don't care much for pivot balls on the outboard suspension arms. My lower arm is now dynamic. That lower pivot ball is load bearing and required to move a lot now, so it is wearing faster than normal. Nothing like a pivot ball to collect and hold grit. I prefer pins on the outboard lower suspension arm pivot because they never need attention, hardly ever break, and are almost always very free with little play even after a lot of use. I have been looking for a suitable arm and knuckle. I found that Losi makes a 2 wheel drive version of the MiniT The Mini Baja
version. This will allow me to use Losi Pins, knuckle, and lower supension arms and possibly the steering block with an Associated axle. Here were my design criteria for a new front end
-Long arms for more traction on asphalt
-Hinge pin pivot (rather than a pivot ball) on the lower loaded arm at the knuckle.
-Fairly narrow lower arm with a little sweep so I can add the shock in a similar manner to my present suspension.
-Double A-arms. The associated upper arm is working quite well, but I will make at least a new piece outboard to eliminate the pivot ball.
-Easy roll center adjustment, but those plastic mounts suspended from the center Aluminum upright makes the suspension terrifically strong
. I have a fix in mind to retain the strength and add adjustability.
I'll see more if it's possible, with these parts, when I get the pieces in. I will have to make two new Aluminum uprights for the suspension arm mounts. I will let you know if those Atomicmods parts work out for this application. A bolt on kit would be nice.
P.S. We had a tough time getting the track back to medium traction after the big weekend dustup. The track had been sugared twice but some had crystallyzed (dust blown on top when wet will cause this) and the rest was just too dusty. We swept and blew it off well and then the secret was to respray it with hot water with the yard sprayer
. This redissoved the sugar and suspended the dust and it dried tacky. We saved the practice session.