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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



Contact



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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 08-09-2006, 10:30 PM   #19801
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For a few weeks we had over 20 1:12. I moved away and when I came back they were gone. Just a core group of drivers get after it.
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Explain this, for about three months, my IP3800 and IB3800 sat on the Tekin Battery Doctor and the IB packed 5130 Mah and the IP 4950 Mah. Both around 6v.I had fun running the 1:12 that day. Both in the past were around 4500 Mah. Both Lightspeed packs.

I have found that out myself. I had packs that were not taking much in since they were getting old. So i let them set for awhile then equalized them, after that I recharged them and got better numbers in capacity. However after a few runs they fell back to what they were before I did this. So basically the batteries just got a quick temperary rejuvenation of life, but it will not last long.
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We just had a carpet race in FL and there were more 1/12th 19T entries than in any single sedan class. 18 1/12th cars and more more than 10 in any sedan class.
Wish I had been there to race/watch. Has Schumacher put out a 12th scale before? ( I remember way back racing a optima mid in off-road and the fast dudes ran the 4wd cat, but I never got to see any of the on-road cars they had at the time).
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We will see what the numbers are like this weekend. I can't wait to try out my new 4200 SHV's!
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Wow! I still have my two Optima Mid SE's.
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Wow! I still have my two Optima Mid SE's.
my optima mid is pure- basketcase, but my turbo optima chain drive is near mint

Back to 12th scale.... I have a carpetknife with the older (thinner) chassis, and I now see the current version is stiffer. Would a upgrade to stiffer make it more consistant, or is the thinner version the way-to- stay on med. grip asphalt? I talked to someone at Calandra they seemed to indicate the stiffer chass is more predictable... but hey maybe he thought I was running carpet.
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I would lean towards a thinner chassis since we transition to thinner t-bars going from carpet to asphalt. My .02 on that.
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I would lean towards a thinner chassis since we transition to thinner t-bars going from carpet to asphalt. My .02 on that.
It makes since to me, asphalt can be rough.
Anyone running a CP19t out there? Please no one tell me about the Komoda I ALREADY have heard all about it. I want advice on the money motor, like springs and brushes. Hope to not bring up a really old topic hear,it's just on my mind at the minute.
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Anyone running a CP19t out there? Please no one tell me about the Komoda I ALREADY have heard all about it. I want advice on the money motor, like springs and brushes.
that's 2 of us who need to know

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We just had a carpet race in FL and there were more 1/12th 19T entries than in any single sedan class. 18 1/12th cars and more more than 10 in any sedan class.
And to think we were missing another 10 guys because of the superior race. 12 scale is going thru with a small rebirth!

Adrain you going to B&B?
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And to think we were missing another 10 guys because of the superior race. 12 scale is going thru with a small rebirth!

Adrain you going to B&B?
Hey Hector myself and Jason will be at B & B this sunday!!
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I've been reading and searching this part of the forum but i'm still kinda confused about traction compounds and suntan lotion. How do i actually use them together?
Do i apply my paragon first, let it sit for a while, then apply suntan lotion over it directly or should i wipe off excess paragon before i apply the suntan?

I like the effect of paragon but the effect wears off after a short while, therefore i'm looking at methods to lengthen the time the effect stays on...
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I've been reading and searching this part of the forum but i'm still kinda confused about traction compounds and suntan lotion. How do i actually use them together?
Do i apply my paragon first, let it sit for a while, then apply suntan lotion over it directly or should i wipe off excess paragon before i apply the suntan?

I like the effect of paragon but the effect wears off after a short while, therefore i'm looking at methods to lengthen the time the effect stays on...
As a 1:12 newbie I found that putting on paragon, let it dry 10 min, work in sunscreen squeezing the tires, let it dry 20-30 min, wipe off excess, and running was good.

Maybe it's better driving, but now I don't use the sunscreen, just paragon 15-20 min, wipe, and run. In fact last time I used the sunscreen I felt I lost some traction - maybe I didn't wipe right. Anyway, try it in practice, try it later without, get comfortable with your way.
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try trinity red dot.that works extremely well.tons of traction
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I've been reading and searching this part of the forum but i'm still kinda confused about traction compounds and suntan lotion. How do i actually use them together?
Do i apply my paragon first, let it sit for a while, then apply suntan lotion over it directly or should i wipe off excess paragon before i apply the suntan?

I like the effect of paragon but the effect wears off after a short while, therefore i'm looking at methods to lengthen the time the effect stays on...
put on paragon and sxt immediately after and let it sit for 30min (if you dont have sxt use tire tweak)
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