... that car is crooked.
I ran 5 packs the last two nights on my newly acquired used FT TC3. My impression is terrible: it's just un-fn'-believable how not square this car can be!!!
I was in a hurry, and the suspension angles looked kinda symmetrical, so I just slapped some electonics in, adjuste the steering ETA's, and put the car on the track. I can't believe I thought my Axis wasn't symmetrical... I think I've never seen a car turn both sides so differently as my new ride!!!
I pulled it out, and disassembled the shocks. Let's check:
shock length: ok
droop screws: ok
rollbars: close enough, although not 100% perfect
I look for some sources of asymetry... and find another one. One of the front C hubs (the left one if I remember ok) prevents full steering throw... Let's shave some plastic off with an x-acto.
I reassemble the shocks.... and of them fronts is binding when screwed on the A-arm (I still have the old A arm and front schock tower). It looks like naturally the shocks would fall on top of the A Arm, not in front of it. I have to Xacto the shock cap to make it thinner, to allow it to rotate more in the longitudinal axis. I checked and shaft is not bent.
let's go to the Hudy setup board now.
rear toe: OMG!
3 deg left 2 deg right!!!
I can't beleive it... after some research it seems a know defect for AE rear blocks... I still think it's unacceptable though.
Then, knowing by personal experience that there aren't two AE springs that are the same, I start screwing the shock collars on until the touch the spring. this is the only way I know of to setup a car symmetrically with unequal length springs. Let's to to the 4-scale board...
(not exact values, just what I think I remember, but to give you a ballpark)
And here I am, screwing shock collars all over the place to try to get this thing squared...
Needless to say, the car handles like a POS. It pulls to one side under acceleration, to the other under braking, it spins to the left, understers to the right. In other words, it's a pain. I kept running 'cause I was at the track anyway, but I had to compensate all the time.
I'll install some Losi XXX-S 0 deg rear blocks tonight and work on the tweak again. I'll let you know tomorrow if it's any better...
I have a big race coming on Nov 23rd... I'm feeling less and less confident, and seriously thinking about putting the electronics back in my Axis for that date...