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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:
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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)



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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 04-18-2006, 05:31 PM   #18166
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i hope we get a carpet track down here.i cant take racing mid august when you start seeing double from dehydration by the mains.
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Old 04-18-2006, 05:59 PM   #18167
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Sorry to be the one to clue you guys in on this but I'll rather be on asphalt any day - especially indoor asphalt like my home track, SIR
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For my honeymoon the wife and I went to Orlando and I am amazed I made it out alive, I know exactly what you are saying Jason. Running off-road up here in the summer (80's usually) is bad enough!

Maybe it's not the suface that turns me off so much as that pesky nature thing. That indoor asphalt sounds like a bit of fun, though again it would most likely lead to some sort of profanity. =)

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Old 04-18-2006, 07:29 PM   #18169
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Walk it off.
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ok jay bee,i agree asphalt is cool and fun.now picture it with the sun about 10 feet from your head.winter time is great down here.summer sucks.90-95 degrees and 120% humidity for 5 months straight gets old fast.i have lived here for 6 years now and cant remember why i moved.
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ok jay bee,i agree asphalt is cool and fun.now picture it with the sun about 10 feet from your head.winter time is great down here.summer sucks.90-95 degrees and 120% humidity for 5 months straight gets old fast.i have lived here for 6 years now and cant remember why i moved.
Yeah I feel ya on that one... BRUTAL We have it pretty ideal here in the Northwest - indoor/outdoor asphalt (temps don't get much over 90') and carpet
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HOw about Asphalt indoors with Ozite on top and a nice black groove of Paragon it!! YUMMY!!

Jaybee-I would love to race at SIR against you and Difuser sometime!! I need to keep a better eye on cheap tickets!!

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Unfortunately carpet tracks will never make it in Florida...unless an r/c guy wins the lottery...lol! Indoor square footage is 10x more expensive here than up North. You would have to charge $35 per entry or more at club races to cover your lease.

Beside we race outside 12 months of the year and even when we had carpet tracks guys would stop coming because they either needed 2 cars or would need to rebuild with a different setup every time that came to the carpet track. With so many nice asphalt tracks here eventually they just give up on the carpet because it was too much work and just raced on asphalt.

Oh...and 1/12th on asphalt is DIALED! Purple and double pink wraps, paragon for 15 min with suntan lotion on top for 30 min and you never lift just like on carpet. Since our tracks are big we run 19T 4 cell not stock. Usually we are 1-2/10ths faster than sedan Mod !
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For my honeymoon the wife and I went to Orlando and I am amazed I made it out alive, I know exactly what you are saying Jason. Running off-road up here in the summer (80's usually) is bad enough!

Maybe it's not the suface that turns me off so much as that pesky nature thing. That indoor asphalt sounds like a bit of fun, though again it would most likely lead to some sort of profanity. =)

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Come on down here to race! Racing on asphalt is a real deal. I understand you race indoors for the winter. But racing outtdoors is awsome! Till it rains.
I would like to see another indoor asphalt track again down here. We had one here in south Fl in the mid to late 80's down here and it was always packed. Todd Putnam would spend his summers with his family racing here.

Dude some of our tracks have so much bite that we glue the outter edge on the tires, use .074 tplates, silver center spring with the third screw on the t-plate fitted and 2.5 mm ride right!
There are only a couple tracks that we search for traction but we get the cars to stick and are still faster then sedan mod. I am ussually 1 to 3 tenths faster then the best sedan mod car.
Also we race so much on asphalt we have it coverd. years of trial and error teached us how to make the cars work. Plus a good throttle finger helps keep it smooth!



Adrian and I will tell you we dont have traction issues!

Racing on asphalt is awsome. Passing someone in a drift is the shit! If you havent raced asphalt you really wont understand. I would take carpet indoors because of the heat and rain Plus! My chassis wont get scratched!
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19t 4 Cell is taking off here, we have an indoor asphalt track that its run on and lately its popularity is taking off! 7 guys ran the last meeting with more coming to race soon
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FYI, when SpeedXL said "pass someone in a drift" he was talking about sedans....acutally his sedan in particular
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FYI, when SpeedXL said "pass someone in a drift" he was talking about sedans....acutally his sedan in particular
Thanks Adrian! he's right the sedan .

Its a little tough going from good traction with foams to rubber w/weebit more horsepower!
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Ugh, you guys need help. I am heading out to buy a Powerball ticket right now!

I would totally install a snow making machine for the true northeast racing experience =)

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where can i get 16ga wire? and is it really nessecary to have?
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