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TIRES:
Pre-mounted tires readily available in the US:
Pre-mounted tires readily available in the Europe:
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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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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 01-18-2007, 10:05 PM   #23206
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Is that a parma alpha inside out???

Anyhow the pics above have had me thinking lately. Lipo hasn't made it into 1/12th becasue of the lack of a saddle pack that will fit (and the fact taht a 4 cell nimh doesn't have an equivalent lipo voltage)

I can't help but think with all the 1/18th scale lipos out there that we couldn't find one that would fit nicely down the middle of one of these newer battery centered cars. Paired with an 18th scale bl motor esc combo I could be in racing heaven. Not that it'd be legal or anything. I am guessing we could eventually find a regulator to bring a 2 cell lipo down to an appropriate voltage. I have had this thought roaming in my head for too long and decided to throw it out just to get some feedback. might require .18 springs and 20 wt oil?
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Here's what mine looked like at 14...

14!!!??? Yeah, like, 14 DAYS AGO. Fess up...that was your "race body" at the last club race.



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Losi Alpha, and it just might be, uh, err.... inside out... maybe you had to be there.

Andrew, super clean, nice job.

It was pretty funny at the time.
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14!!!??? Yeah, like, 14 DAYS AGO. Fess up...that was your "race body" at the last club race.



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Thanks man Yeah the bumper is great lookin as is the thrust bearing on it as well It will get a roll over antenna as soon as I find one! The kit doesn't come with one.

Birdman still has a website up that I stumbled across a little while back...but that motor was from a visit to SoCal for work where I actually had enough time to race at SoCal raceway and I bought the motor there...It's at least 3 years old and still kickin butt!
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Nice assembly job. I've heard that some company named Slapmaster used to have roll-over antennas, not certain if that is still the case. Brian?
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Here's a pic of my new ride from Diggity Designs
Can't wait to rip it again; it is very smooth
Damon sprinkled some magic on this one
I want one. Is it avail yet? doesn't say much on their website.
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I want one. Is it avail yet? doesn't say much on their website.
They will be available soon enough. Damon is taking his time to make sure it is a first-rate car. He doesn't want to rush anything to market.

By the way, that Darkside car looks awfully wicked! Always wanted to anodize my stuff black.

The new BMI ain't too shabby either!

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I just recieved my DIGGITY DESIGNS car as well, ALL of the graphite is cut out of Qausi-isotropic 3mm graphite and the cnc work is second to none. I know that DAMON isnt saying much about how the rear end pivots but it makes me wonder "How come noone thought of that before??" Its so simple and the parts are easily replaceable and readily available at ANY hobbstore. Cant wait to try mine next weekend.
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Nice assembly job. I've heard that some company named Slapmaster used to have roll-over antennas, not certain if that is still the case. Brian?
He's been working on a hollow one like the old Paragon roll overs but hasn't figured it out yet last I heard.
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why would he have to figure out how to make one it's a hollow fishing pole. maybe for ice fishing as you use a short stick. (insert double pun here) that would be logical being that paragon is from the frozen north.
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Bob, some of the guys were hoping that you would have a "connection" by now. If you asked me, I would say that one didn't turn out very well so you decided to turn it inside out to see if anyone would notice. Am I right?

I really shouldn't be talking as my bodies look like a cheap cartoon drawing compared to what's getting shown.

Where's Frank? Wager up, buddy!

I'd love to get in on that, but I'm only running oval this year. Besides, I think that Frank would have me covered everyday of the week and twice on Sundays.
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Give www.BPhobbies.com a call, they have different diameter hollow carbon rods.
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Personally I'm not necessarily looking for one that is hollow...that's something slapmaster is working on. I run a Spektrum system so I have no need for a hollow roll-over...just a roll-over antenna in general.

That being said...I've had quite a bit of experience with carbon rods in my days flying stunt kites in teams. It's a bit tricky to find one that is not too stiff, too flexible, or too fragile for use as a roll-over antenna. Many of the carbon ones that are not a wrap splinter very easily and the wraps tend to be too wide in diameter.
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