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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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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 11-18-2006, 07:03 AM   #21961
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of course I will need to the new car by then
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Old 11-18-2006, 08:30 AM   #21962
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at the track i run i us 93 spur and the pinions are from 29 to 34 i run a roll of 47 with the KD 19t,and i do shave the Tplate and i only run 2 bolts not 3. it makes the L4 work better on bumps. the track i run is fastcats www.fastcats.ca
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Old 11-18-2006, 08:38 AM   #21963
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I need a servo for a 12th and wanted to get some recommendations.

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the jr 3550 is lighter and uses less power and is cheaper. than the futaba but they are both good
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Old 11-18-2006, 08:46 AM   #21964
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Hello,
I have a question about the T-Fource thick chassis. Is it worth getting? How does it affect the handling of the car? Also if I get the thick chassis should I also get the thick bottom plate as well?
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Also if I get the thick chassis should I also get the thick bottom plate as well?
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I have a question about the T-Fource thick chassis. Is it worth getting? How does it affect the handling of the car? Also if I get the thick chassis should I also get the thick bottom plate as well?
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the thickest chassis you should ever really need is a 2.5mm.
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Does anyone know the shore ratings for Jaco tires?

Trying to figure out what the 2 stage Black and yellow's are.

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Does anyone know the shore ratings for Jaco tires?

Trying to figure out what the 2 stage Black and yellow's are.

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I dont know the Shore rating but a black front is about the hardness of a purple but not as much bite. It's great for smoothing the car out in high bite tracks.

The yellow rears seem to bite a little less than a dbl pink and carry more corner speed.

Black fronts/Yellow rears in super high bite. Or if you need a little more steering purple fronts/yellow rears work good too.

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I dont know the Shore rating but a black front is about the hardness of a purple but not as much bite. It's great for smoothing the car out in high bite tracks.

The yellow rears seem to bite a little less than a dbl pink and carry more corner speed.

Black fronts/Yellow rears in super high bite. Or if you need a little more steering purple fronts/yellow rears work good too.

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hey guys,i wanted to ask you guys a question. i am thinking of starting a once a year 1/12th only asphalt racing event that would kick off the asphalt season. it would be down here in sunny florida probably sometime in may or june. i would like to make it a 3 day event. please let me know if this is something that would interest you guys. i would like to make this an annual event that would have some sort of prestige. if so i will look into getting a bunch of sponsors along with myself to make this a 1/12th event worth going to. the race would be on one of our permenant tracks facilities that is extremely smoothe and high bite. let me know what you think. if you guys are interested i will try to put it together.if not,no hard feelings. i really need to know being that it will be for all of us 1/12th guys only.

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A big annual 1/12th race would be great! The difficulty in making it a success is that there are so many important races to attend already (Cleveland, Snowbirds, Roar Nats, Vegas, etc...)
But if you are talking big asphalt track and 1/12th only, Team Purple is in!
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ok im very new to 1/12th and havnt got a clue how to set one of these up. how to set the tweak screw etc. ive got a ftx phantom seem good for the price. any decent websites that could help me. ive heard mark payne has or used to have a website that was very useful
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This has helped me out alot.

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A big annual 1/12th race would be great! The difficulty in making it a success is that there are so many important races to attend already (Cleveland, Snowbirds, Roar Nats, Vegas, etc...)
But if you are talking big asphalt track and 1/12th only, Team Purple is in!

thanks bro. its a good size asphalt track about 150 x75 that is brand new asphalt.we have been running on it for about a year so it is broken in pretty good.(no more lifting bits of asphalt).the borders are not PVC pipe.they are flexible 1/2 x 4 railing that allows for nice smoothe corners and minimal broken parts. i would be looking to do this sometime around may or june when there is not much going on in the way of 1/12th races.i will further look into a race date that will not conflict with any of the other races but i think it would be nice to pay respect to the 1/12th community and give the class some recognition.i will look into getting some other sponsors to help support the race so that it is a race worth coming to.our tracks down here dont get beat up due to the year around warm weather which is a definate plus.i hope that we can get enough interest to make this happen.there is nothing i would love more than to have the 1/12th class get more attention so we can have a big race deicated to them.thanks for the support.i am open for any ideas you guys have to make this the best event possible.
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i am open for any ideas you guys have to make this the best event possible.
bring it closer to ohio? that would be great. nice track btw.

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