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TIRES:
Pre-mounted tires readily available in the US:
Pre-mounted tires readily available in the Europe:
  • Hot Race ??

Gluing your own donuts:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm7z1rz-74s - Special thanks to Edward Pickering!
Truing tires:
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The following information came from HERE, with some editing and information added. Thanks Christian!

THIS MAY NEED UPDATING FOR THE NEW BLACK CRC CARPET

Brands:
BSR, CRC, Jaco:
Pro One is no longer selling to the public, but it and the brands above are all mounted by BSR and use the same foam. The nomenclature of the BSR vs Jaco/CRC is a little different in a few instances but is otherwise the same. The BSR foam consists of three families, and can be identifed as synthetics, naturals, and blends.

Synthetics - The old school, light weight, easy to true "dry feeling" tires. These include tires like CRC/Jaco Yellow (BSR White), Black, Gray, etc. These tires offer the highest wear rate and lowest grip. Many racers continue to use these nder high bite conditions.

Naturals - These tires are usually the best alternative for low bite and asphalt. They include Pink, Magenta, Double Pink, Lilac (BSR Team Purple), Purple, and other tires. These tires provide a ton of grip, but tend to get sticky in high bite conditions. This rubber does not wear as easily, and the cars will pick up gunk and fibers from the carpet under most high bite conditions. This is especially bad if the humidity is high.

Blends - These are the tires most people run today. They were initially called "JFT foam" by some, as it was believed that the tires were the same as the JFT tires. We can divide the blends further into two groups: high rubber and low rubber content. The high rubber would be the new rear Orange and Red from the BSR family, and the low rubber would be the Green and Blue varieties. When, asked about the difference, John Foister from BSR Tires said they came from the same "family" of foam, but they offered different grip. According to John, the Green/Blue has more bite than Orange/Red, but from track testing Oranges offer more bite than Green (being equivalent to in hardness) when the grip is high and absolutely no grip when it is lower. The Orange foam has a denser pore structure and the tire is not as prone to chunking. It is also important to note is that BSR Blue rears are not the same as the BSR Blue fronts!

JFT:
JFT stands for Japan Foam Tire. They started the new wave of foam tires we are all using now (Blue/Blu, Green/Greene, Dbl Blue, etc). These tires are a little different than the BSR tire family, but work in very similar conditions. They offers four varieties A (asphalt), C (carpet), S (???), and R (???). This does not mean that those types only work on that surface, but this is what they recommend.

JFT uses the same foam for fronts and rears if the color is the same.

A: Used on asphalt, considered close to the natural rubber variety and are named consistently with other natural tires.
C: Used on carpet, considered a blend.
S: Used on carpet?, tires are ???
R: Used on carpet?, tires are ???

For setup, the JFT foam seem to generate more bite than the BSR, therefore the car tends to be a little more aggressive.

Ulti:
Ulti is another Japanese brand that offers an array of compounds. They have their own way of rating tires, and are difficult to equate to other brands. They have 4 different varieties, each in varying degrees of hardness.

J: High rubber content tire, similar to Pink/ Magenta. Soft would be close to a pink. These offer the most bite and are great for asphalt/carpet front tire. (J hard being very popular)
X: "Balanced" blend, similar to JFT Blue/ Green. Soft is equivalent to Green, medium to Blue in hardness. Great for carpet!
Y: High synthetic blend with lower grip, and is not a very popular variety.
Z: A very expensive "special" foam that is supposed to be magic on asphalt. Only make it in soft shore.
European tires:
There are many great European foam tire brands that use their own types of foam, as well as traditional foams. SOmeone with more knowledge about them will need to fill this in!

Tire Diameter:
If you are racing on carpet, you have to evaluate how much grip your track has. If your track is low to medium grip, you can run bigger tires. If you are on higher bite you have to cut them smaller, there is simply no way around it. Bigger tires are needed for asphalt, especially in the rear. The larger tires provide much needed lateral bite.

Carpet (mm):
Low - Medium Bite
Front: 42.0 - 42.5
Rear: 42.5 - 43.00
Medium - High Bite
Front: 40.5 - 41.0
Rear: 41.5 - 42.0
Big Race
Front: 39.5 - 40.0
Rear: 40.5 - 41.0
Asphalt (mm):
Parking Lot
Front: 43.0 - 44.0
Rear: 44.0 - 45.0
Prepped High Bite
Front: 42.0 - 43.0
Rear: 43.0 - 44.0

Tire Saucing:
Most facilities have moved towards odorless traction additives such as SXT. Some of additives evaporate very quickly and some do not. This seems to be something that is also dependent on tire compound and ambient temperature. For example, saucing a Green compound seems like it never dries, especially when tjhe temperature is lower. We have found that wiping the tires off 15 minutes before we go run allows the sauce to cure, which makes the car come in much quicker with Green rears. Blue compounds on the other hand, do fine when wiped off right before hitting the track.

Saucing half front and full rear is a good initial starting point. If the front of the car is too agressive you can sauce les than half, or for a shorter amount of time.
Tire Fuzzing:
In conditions of increasing grip, foam tires will somewtimes get sticky and pick up fuzz and debris from the track. This is highly dependent on the rubber sedan tire that is being run at your local track and the compound/ type of foam you are running on you car. The softer the sedan tire and the harder/higher rubber content in your foam tire, trouble with fuzzing seems more likely to occur.

There are ways to get around fuzzing under most conditions, and usually involves the selection of the correct foam compound. The more fuzz you get, the softer/lower rubber content you want to run.

Examples:
Problem: Car fuzzes with Lilac/Team Purple fronts and car starts pushing.
Solution: Use a softer front tire and or different family of foam. Replace it with Blue or Double Blue front.

Problem: Car loses rear bite 6 minutes into the run. Blue rear tires look almost clean but have small carpet hairs.
Solution: Use Green rear tires. The softer compound wears instead of getting sticky, minimizing fuzz.

Tire Selection:
Starting out, pick 2 tire compounds for the front and rear. The following should have you covered 99% of the time.

Front - Green and Blue (BSR) or Green and Light Blue (JFT)
Rear - Blue and Double Blue (BSR) or Blue and Dark Blue (JFT)

You may wonder about other compounds out there and if they might be better, trust me, they probably won't be. Even if there are other tires that can be as fast, the synthetic family wears out really fast and the high natural rubber will probably fuzz on you over an 8 minute run. The blends family seems to be the most versatile foam type available today. They last awhile, and sticking to them will make your process of tire selection simpler.
Tire Charts:
BSR/CRC/Jaco



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JFT (Japan Foam Tire)



Ulti



Enneti (Xceed)



ELECTRONICS:
ESC:
As of now, ROAR is staying 1S (3.7V nominal; 4.2V fully charged) for 1/12. There are many 1S ESC's with a built in BEC so nothing else is required to power the receiver and servo.

If you don't want to lock yourself into a 1S specific ESC, you do have other options! It is possible to use your 2S ESC without a booster or receiver pack, and the ESC simply supplies the lower voltage. If that does not appeal to you, you will need to use an Rx pack or booster. The Rx pack and booster will both supply the receiver with a higher voltage than the 1S pack.

If you decide to use an Rx pack, MAKE SURE TO REMOVE THE RED WIRE FROM THE ESC PLUG THAT GOES INTO THE RECEIVER!!!

If you choose to use a voltage booster, it works exactly how it sounds. Instead of plugging the ESC into the receiver, it plugs into the booster, and the booster plug goes to the ESC, supplying the higher voltage.

1S ESC:
If there are any missing please add them!!

If anyone would like a need for a chart comparing the ESC's specs PM fenton06 and I'll get one made and put in here!
Voltage Boosters:
If there are any missing please add them!
Servos:
BODIES:
Black Art (CRC - US Dist):
  • Audi R8C - BA002 - .020 Thick



  • Black Market (Mohawk 12) - BA005 - .020



  • Lola B10 - BA006 - .020 thick
  • Toyota TS030 - BA008 - .020 thick

    Lola - black/red, TS030 - green/pink


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Old 01-13-2006, 10:49 AM   #16756
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There isn't a hollow axle to my knowledge that uses the standard D rings. However Niftech does sell one, but requires that you use their proprietary Rocket Rings. The Niftech axles are definately truer and smoother, and the pricing is about the same. But where they get you is their Rocket rings. Instead of $2.50 for a pair of standard D rings, you'll be forced to buy their Rocket rings at $15 a pair.
Yes, the Niftech Rocket Rings are more expensive but they are the hardest I have found anywhere and they are big rings but also the lightest due to the extensive machine work that Ray does!! I have used one pair for almost three seasons of outdoor racing and if you use carbon diff balls, you will have the smoothest diff available. I will not use anything else. The hollow axle, part #1005, one pair of Rocket rings, part #2002-R and the Niftech right side hub, part #1011 will cost you about $75.00. However, you will have the best! The only way you can order is by calling Niftech and that is where it gets tricky. Ray will try to sell you one of everything they have. I rarely get off of a phone call with Ray for under $200.00!! All of the Niftech products are of the highest quality so you get what you pay for.

PS: Do not buy the left side hub!! While it is an awesome piece, you cannot stay under the maximum track width using that hub.
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Old 01-13-2006, 10:51 AM   #16757
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Hello, does anybody know where can I get a rear hollow carbon fiber axel? I would like to continue using "d" diff rings.
Thank you in advance
Rocket rings are expensive, probably because they are machined for lightness. They are also very hard, I usually get a whole season out of one set, that makes them pretty economical.

One thing for sure (IMO). Niftech makes the best diff.
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Old 01-13-2006, 10:59 AM   #16758
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I rarely get off of a phone call with Ray for under $200.00!!
You're such a fish!
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OD/Crashby,
It's a little off subject, but do you guys know if stockton is racing saturday ?? I can't seem to find if the are or not for shure. If not are you all going to gilroy tonight ??

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OD/Crashby,
It's a little off subject, but do you guys know if stockton is racing saturday ?? I can't seem to find if the are or not for shure. If not are you all going to gilroy tonight ??

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I do not think they are racing due to conflicts with other events going on at the fair grounds. There is racing on Friday nights at Gilroy and OD and I are talking about going down to Gilroy for more testing on Sunday. Next Friday, 01/20, a bunch of the Stockton racers are going down to Gilroy to race. There should be a very large turn out. You should try to make that event.
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Boy! That's the pot calling the skillet black!
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It's a little off subject, but do you guys know if stockton is racing saturday ?? I can't seem to find if the are or not for shure. If not are you all going to gilroy tonight ??

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No Saturday race until the 28th. The whole Stockton (1/12th) crew is going to Gilroy on Friday the 20th. Be there or be square! I'm in a building phase so no racing for me this weekend.
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Boy! That's the pot calling the skillet black!
oh yeah? I can usually get away for under $199.50
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No Saturday race until the 28th. The whole Stockton (1/12th) crew is going to Gilroy on Friday the 20th. Be there or be square! I'm in a building phase so no racing for me this weekend.
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I rarely get off of a phone call with Ray for under $200.00!!
WHEW!! I thought it was just me. Great people though (Ray and Julie) and you can't find nicer product.

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PS: Do not buy the left side hub!! While it is an awesome piece, you cannot stay under the maximum track width using that hub.
And another bit o' info that's great to have. I've got the full set and never have been able to get to minimum AND have the axle centered. Thought maybe I was nuts, but maybe it's a problem with the product. Such a COOL bit of machining though.

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And another bit o' info that's great to have. I've got the full set and never have been able to get to minimum AND have the axle centered. Thought maybe I was nuts, but maybe it's a problem with the product. Such a COOL bit of machining though.
That's right, the left hub is just too wide. I've explained that to him, but he hasn't changed the hub. It is really a work of art anyway.
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HI odurple, You got mail, please replay ASAP

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Im totally new to 1/12th, what rollout should i be around as a start? My motor is setup as per Big Jims black book, its a stock fantom, running 4 3800 cells, foam, carpet, track is tightish. any ideas where i should start? thanks
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That's right, the left hub is just too wide. I've explained that to him, but he hasn't changed the hub. It is really a work of art anyway.
I think it's set up to run with Niftech's own pod plates, which have more clearance so you can get the hub closer to the bearings. But i've never had a pair of Niftech pod plates. You'd know better than me, rich guy

Niftech definately makes the best 12th scale diff out there. I use the rocket rings and RC4less ceramic balls, and haven't had to rebuild my diff in months. The only time I rebuild is when I strip a spur gear (which is way too often )

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I think it's set up to run with Niftech's own pod plates, which have more clearance so you can get the hub closer to the bearings. But i've never had a pair of Niftech pod plates. You'd know better than me, rich guy

Niftech definately makes the best 12th scale diff out there. I use the rocket rings and RC4less ceramic balls, and haven't had to rebuild my diff in months. The only time I rebuild is when I strip a spur gear (which is way too often )

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Nope, doesn't even fit with Niftech plates. It wouldn't matter anyway since he won't make any more (I've got mine so nyah! )

James, all the cool kids are going to Gilroy next Friday night (Jan 20). You should come!
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