Originally posted by racenut123
Just thought I would come to where the Cuda info is!I need a couple things......First off I just bought a Blue R3 with xenon aluminum front hubs carriers and rear uprights.Its brand new and it was 200.00 Was that a good deal for basically a new R3?Also 2# What are the essential parts for the car that I will need to stock for racing?And #3 Ling if your listening or see this,Can someone give me a good starting setup for asphalt.Medium,sometimes low grip asphalt.I know lingers got the carpet setup dialed cause his car was awsome on carpet.But he also kicked my butt at rctech last tuesday night race. So parking lot setup is what I need. #4 What is th3e main difference between the r2 and r3?Any essential hopups like how the r2 needed the pal drive?
Please tell me it was a good deal!?
Congrats on your purchase.
For the R3 make sure the steering rods a mounted in the forward hole on the spindle to get enough steering throw.
The stock pistons need help. You will probably need to drill them out to 1.0-1.2 mm. Better yet, I use the HPI teflon #2 piston. With that piston, running a 30 weight oil in a cuda shock is like running a 40 weight oil in an AE shock. For carpet I used 40F/30R, for asphalt I run 30-35F, 25-30R. Don't worry if you are running lighter shock oil than everyone else.
For Asphalt (low-med bite RC-Tech, RC-Car)
I start out with the 1.4x6.25 (12.42 lb/in) Alex spring in front mounted on the inner hole on the arm.
For the rear, I use the 1.4x6.00 (14.39 lb/in) Alex spring mounted in the 2nd hole (from outer) on the arm.
A thought about springs: I highly recommend the Alex or Rayspeed springs. I personally measured the spring rates and they are spot on from spring to spring. The Yokomo and Tamiya springs have TONS of variation. The AE springs are pretty decent too.
The Alex Shocks and Springs are larger in diameter. You can use smaller diameter AE/Tamiya springs by flipping the upper spring perch upside down and by using a tamiya lower spring perch.
In front, I use 1.2mm
In rear, 1.0 mm or none at all.
Ditch the long span arms and get the mid-span (short) arms.
I also run little bit of anti-dive in front.
castor blocks, spindles, bearings for the wheel hubs, maybe 1 set of replacement gears. Nothing else breaks.