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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)



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 05-12-2008, 10:46 AM   #28666
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From what i hear the s120 that everyone has seen in the pics is the only one that has been made to date, and the likely hood of it going into production is pretty slim.

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Has anyone got any fresh news on a release date for the Serpent 120?

Thats a real shame, that rear pod looked freakin' schweet!
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Old 05-12-2008, 02:06 PM   #28667
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To be honest mate, I would not change the rear end of a Kawada car for the SP12X rear end. I had a 12X for a while and had a lot of trouble with the bearing holders not staying on straight, causing lots of stripped spur gears. Also, a slight hit and you would have to replace the lower pod plate, T-bar and spacer, that was expensive! Stick with the Kawada rear end and you'll be fine.

Alot of rumors going around with the Serpent 12th car. According to someone at the Euro's, the car in the pics was a one off special, made up of parts from other Serpent cars. The rear end, nice as it is, was supposidly made many years ago by a Japanese designer, not actually Serpent at all!

Obviously, I don't know if what was said at the Euro's was or is true or not (rumor mill), however it was said by someone that would of known his stuff about that particular car. I think it looks great, has a couple of nice design features but we'll have to wait and see if someone from the company wants to come on here and let us know what the truth is about the future of the car.

Does anyone or has anyone seen or heard anything about the Xray 12th car? I heard a few years ago that they were bringing one out but it turned out to be a mini 12th scale 4WD Touring Car!
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For those using the Novak GTB 4 cell ESC, what do I set the drive frequency for to use with the 17.5 to have punch? Right now it is soft off the line. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
The drive frequency is not adjustable in brushless mode on the GTB. To get more punch you'll want to turn up the minimum drive setting.
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Old 05-12-2008, 03:47 PM   #28669
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Hello wingman

you missed a good nights racing on saturday, i managed to launch my 12x off the track and into a table snapping my t-bar, lower pod brace upper pod brace, t-bar spacer and i also managed to tweak the rear pod, so i decided to get a new car CRC genx. You racing on friday mate

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The springs will work on any associated dynamic strut FE. It doesn't matter what make of car.
understood,

but I would like to know if anyone is using them and how do they think they compare to the AE springs
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Old 05-12-2008, 07:18 PM   #28671
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If it helps any, I have had a bunch of people order them for all brands of cars. They seem to be becoming a very big seller for us. I designed them to enhance the handling of our car but it seems alot of people are liking them on other cars also. I have not personally tried them on other cars, just ours.
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but I would like to know if anyone is using them and how do they think they compare to the AE springs
all in all, they do not collapse like the ae spring and they do seam "softer" then the AE springs. I was running 18AE and went to 20BMI. have 4 solid race days on them and they are the same length right to left. the AE springs were not even the same length out of the package.
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all in all, they do not collapse like the ae spring and they do seam "softer" then the AE springs. I was running 18AE and went to 20BMI. have 4 solid race days on them and they are the same length right to left. the AE springs were not even the same length out of the package.
I need a set. That has become one of my bi-weekly expenses, new front springs. I hate how you tap the front end barely hard and they your car starts hopping and is all out of wack.
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So what's up with the "linear" front springs on BMI's site? Is this implying the stock AE front springs are progressive?
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The AE front springs are progressive. Our springs are Linear and preset to there length so they will never collapse.
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How can I get some of those springs??
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Give me a buzz bro. I will get some out to you
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So are the BMI kingpins larger diameter or just longer?
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We do offer longer kingpins but our springs work on standard 1/12th kingpins. You will need to remove 2 of the kingpin shims but they will fit with no issues. Our kingpins are standard 1/8th diameter. The springs are a larger diameter and come with spring perches.
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has there been any talk of battery companies coming out with a lipo equivilant to a 4 call pack for compeative 1/12 racing?
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