Well, got to run the Mi3 for the first time today. The car was very smooth and easy to drive. I started with most of the PW setup except for the all around narrower front end. Heres what I ended up with:
The car was excellent on power. Plenty of steering with a well planted rear end. Off power was where I had issues, with the car developing a harsh push off power. In the on power sections, the car was dead on. Problem was we were running a really tight layout, and 80% of the turns were best taken off power.
I also got a lot of chassis roll with the stock springs. I was surprised since I didn't hear anyone complaining of chassis roll with the kit springs.
I made some changes to counter each of these problems. Unfortunately, thats when the skys opened up and poured on us.
So I'll have to wait till next time out to test the changes.
All in all, I was nearly on pace with my previous car. I believe that even with the push and chassis roll, that I could have pushed the car to at least match the pace of my other car. But one thing got in the way..."new car fear". You know that fear you have when your running a new car for the first time, you don't have a ton of parts in your bag, your running a tight course with big boards, and on top of that there have been many reports of spool related pin disasters.
There was one chicane in particular that I was losing time in consistently because I wasn't willing to go balls to the walls through it like I needed to.
Anyway, I'll be more brave at my next outing. I may go fully to PW set up to see how I like it. I also plan on trying a diff at my next outing just to see how I like the car with it. A spool may be faster in a single lap, but if I'm less worried about breakage with the diff, then I'll be faster over all.
Anywhoo...thats my first outing report. Wish I had got a chance to try the changes, but the weather did us in....