Originally Posted by calrosse
Thanks Paul for replying to my message. Iknow you are busy i really do appreciate it alot thanks paul. There is no track here where i live do you have any pointers on how to get one going or do you know anybody that could help me with what i need and should use. If not thats ok. But you kicked butt at the snnowbird i watch the video on youtube. Whats mike borlyn like, and jeff maturo. Do you get nervous any more before you race, and what is it like to race in a big race like the snowbird? How much time would you say put into your racing a week. Like working on your cars getting them ready for a race and etc... Do you still practice every week or do you race every week. How often do you race in a month's time. Well anyway i will stop bugging ya so talk at ya later Paul.
No problem. starting a track is hard unless you have a good amount of money and help. i would find a nice parking lot (asphalt/blacktop) and set up a track whenever you can, (stand on a milk crate) I dont know where to buy corner dotts but you should be able to search them out on line somewhere, try and get friends to come and race with you. This would be good for practice but it is important to get to a race track and race against others who have been racing much longer than you, This is the only way to get way better.
Mike and Jeff are really really nice guys, two of the best. I get nervous all the time while racing. Snowbirds is a great race and a huge challenge.
I am at the track quite a bit but i dont race every week anymore, for many years i did practice every day and raced twice a week. now i have 1 or 2 big races a month so i am normally getting ready and testing between big races.
hopefully ill see you at a race soon.
Originally Posted by Kraig
Paul, on the aluminum shocks I noticed they come with different piston's than the plastic ones. Which do you recommend that I use? Honestly, I haven't checked to see if the plastic ones will fit the aluminum shock bodies so maybe the answer is already in front me. Your thoughts on which ones to use if I have a choice?
Hi Craig. you can use either, I like the white pistons better, they have better edges and they should be more precise with no mold flashing's. the standard piston holes are 1mm and the white pistons are 1.1mms. but i would use the white ones. Thanks
Originally Posted by bkspeedo
From your experience with rubber tire racing what is the best front to rear weight balance percentages. From my investigations on the net of real on-road race cars I've found a 40/60 split is suggested.
Thanks for you help and look forward to meeting you at IIC this year.
Hi BK, i think that 60/40 is too much. for the scale speeds that the cars go i think with a percentage like that the car would be really hard to drive.
I used to measure the weight percentage's of all my cars but i found that it is just better to feel it on the track, if you need the car to be easier to drive and have better forward traction you should moove weight up front, if the car is pushy with no corner speed i will moove weight back in the car.
so more weight in front normally = more push
more rear weight normally = more steering
look forward to meeting you too.
Originally Posted by bluephi1914
Aside from a wreck (which Im sure you dont do much of) what front end parts do you replace regularly; meaning Steering parts, quicksaver, turnbuckles, balljoints, etc.
I guess what Im getting at is my steering seems to have alot of play in it and I was wondering if there were parts that you replaced after every race.
Thanks in advance.
Honestly i dont regularly replace any of that stuff, on my foam car all of that stuff is almost a year old. but if you think that it is bad i would replace the plastic ball cups. nothing else should wear out but look at everything carefully because their could be a fluke thing going on. if it bothers you a lot you could do the rubber band trick by putting a small rubber band or rubber hair tie on the two turnbuckles and the steering drag link, but i dont think that the car will drive much easier with less slop
sorry i couldnt be more help. thanks,paul
Originally Posted by cyanyde
I'd like to know that too. Also, my T2009 oversteers excessively on a fresh set of rubber tires. But after a minute or so of racing its fine. What do you think is the solution?
Whenever i get new rubber tires i clean them well with motorspray to get any release/oil off of the tire, you can carefully grind off the center ridge also with a dreamel or a tire sander. then i normally sauce for an extended amount of time, because with new tires it is almost impossible to have the sauce obsorb in to the rubber atall. On some tracks new tires are awesome and on others it takes a minute or two or more. at my local track Jaco blues dont work well atall untill the third battery then they are good for a long time. but with those i still go threw the same process when they are new.
hopefully this is different than what you are doing, maybe it will work.