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Old 08-14-2002, 04:33 AM   #2281
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Hi there interesting topics, but one question wouldnt locking the front diff make it push like a pig, i tried something similar with a TB-01 getting ready for TCS and it was aweful.
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Hey Besercoe - On the TB01 I used the gear diff in the front and the ball in the rear and it seem to work really well. You have ball diff up front and in the rear? Go with the gear diff in the front.
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Locking the front diff only works on the TC3 with this years Reedy race setup from Barry Baker. His setup gives the car an extreme amount of turn in steering, but it makes the car alot more agressive (in my opinion). The locked diff takes away some of that turn in steering and makes the car more drivable. It also lets the front end pull out of a corner like a one way does, but you still have brakes.

So... yes, in any other car it would push like a pig!!!

It works very well for some people.

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Old 08-14-2002, 03:10 PM   #2284
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The locked front diff does make the car push a little going in, but with some other tweaks you can get the car to turn in pretty good. Coming out is where the locked diff works best.

This way just make the car MUCH more predictable and stable. Not as twitchy and the one way and, IMO, you can drive ALOT more aggressively.
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Old 08-14-2002, 03:30 PM   #2285
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Hi there interesting topics, but one question wouldnt locking the front diff make it push like a pig, i tried something similar with a TB-01 getting ready for TCS and it was aweful.
Yes, locking the front diff takes away steering, so you have to compensate by softening the rest of the front end - that's why we put the rear shock tower in the front (different geometries) and soften the springs a lot.

Once you get the front to steer again (and you can) you get a very stable car.

Me like it!
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Old 08-14-2002, 06:42 PM   #2286
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Thanks guys, i also hace a tc3 so i might give it a go,

Where can i find these types of setups? and also what type of tracks have you tried this setup on?

I race weekly on a tight indoor track where i have needed the one way previously, or is it suited to long sweeping type tracks?
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A good base setup is Barry Baker's setup from the Reedy Race - it can be found on www.competitionx.com
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Old 08-16-2002, 04:59 AM   #2288
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Has anyone ever experienced the front shock tower being a different height from one side of the car to the other? Their is 2.5-3mm difference from left to right (left is higher) on my TC3. Any help would be very much appreciated, it is causing major tweak issues.
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Rowdy -- I've never seen what you describe, but I have seen something that might cause it to LOOK like that... I've seen guys pull the front gearbox to make a repair, and than install it in a hurry -- it is easy to get the "legs" one side of the gearbox caught on the bumper and/or the rear hinge pin bracket, and one side will be up in the air about 2-3 mm...

Of course, if that's not your problem, then I don't know what to tell you -- both of my TC3's are very "square" and "flat"...
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Rowdy: How old is your car? Some of the VERY FIRST production kits did have a problem with one side of the tower being slightly higher than the other. This has since been fixed.

You might also check the top gearbox half where it connects to the lower half. Sometimes, when installing it back on the car, it gets hooked on the sway bar screw washer. This will upset the squareness of the tower.

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Rowdy - I had the same problem and it was solved, actually, by Tony. . .

You probably (likely) have two of the little legs not setting inside the holes in the bumper so they're being propped up about 1/8". . .just like tfrahm said.

Check it and you will probably see a little "dimple" where the legs are sitting on the bumper.
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anyone know if there are any aluminum diff cases for the TC3 available.
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Don't think so....but why would you want them?
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You know what might be cool - alum threads (or inserts) for the diff cases - I have a bad tendency to strip those ones. . .

But alum cases? nah, no real need.
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Most of my aluminum screws on diff cases are stripped.
But I kinna like it that way. Screws being there alone hold the diff case tight enough (I can't raise the case even slightly without taking most of the screws out) and no chance of over tightening the cases.
I always check the screws if any of them are slightly out before each race.

Does this make any sense?
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