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KITS:
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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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wqHOLWq6Uc - Special thanks to Edward Pickering!

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)



Ulti



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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 01-09-2011, 04:21 AM   #35311
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That chassis is mine from a year or so back. I called it WT12. WT stands for "Wild Thing".
As Perry mentioned, the T-bar is thinner than the chassis and you don't see enough flex that the T-bar hits the battery.
Hey,I have a PRC Rug Burn that I just dusted off to start racing twelve scale again, any chance on getting parts for it ...like the oval T-plates? Would appreciatehttp any info and I was told that a Rug Burn 2 was in the works...any news on that yet?thanks.http://i1012.photobucket.com/albums/...ha/Picture.jpg
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I use the lock nuts from the BMI. The front bearings are need to mount the setup station on to the front axels then just nip up the lock nut on the axel.
Oh ok its just that simple. Its difficult to see in the pictures. Thanks
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:02 AM   #35313
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XERUN-120A-1S-SD (V2.1) Brushless ESC
post a starting setup for the above please using 10.5 in 12th pancar

7.5 if you have one also

running on a medium sized & grip carpet track

have the software and hand held LCD programmer available
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Old 01-13-2011, 03:54 AM   #35314
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Hey guys,

I'm new to 1/12, having just got a HB 12X

I intend to run 4 cell Nimh, with brushed 27 turn motors.

Could anyone with experience running this setup please recommend me a rollout?

I have searched this forum, as well as some setup sheets. Seems like something in the range of 42-48mm (1.65"-1.89") is quite common. Am I on the right track?

Thanks!
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Hey guys,

I'm new to 1/12, having just got a HB 12X

I intend to run 4 cell Nimh, with brushed 27 turn motors.

Could anyone with experience running this setup please recommend me a rollout?

I have searched this forum, as well as some setup sheets. Seems like something in the range of 42-48mm (1.65"-1.89") is quite common. Am I on the right track?

Thanks!


it has been a while, but if memory serves me, you are in the ballpark. I think we ended up around 50mm at the big races.
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Bought the balance tabs to check weight distribution on my link2 and it was considerably off.. Added just enough weights on one side to balance. My tweak even came out perfect via both wheels lift at the same time. Thanks to everyone who helped! Anything else I can do to bring my car one step to dialed?
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i have a fairly easy question: what's a decent tire truer to get without breaking the bank? i'll probably only be cutting a set every couple of weeks and am only running stock...also i already have a power supply capable of 30A so i dont need an AC truer...
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I have a manual ofna truer and its pretty good for 120, or for around 200 you can get an automatic Integy heard they're pretty good too.
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i have a fairly easy question: what's a decent tire truer to get without breaking the bank? i'll probably only be cutting a set every couple of weeks and am only running stock...also i already have a power supply capable of 30A so i dont need an AC truer...
My 3racing tire truer does a good job, good value for money.
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can anyone post pics of a rc12L3 using a 1s battery including electronic setup
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UK 12th Nationals Live

next meeting is Plymouth on 15th & 16th January[/QUOTE]

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In an effort to keep 12th scale racers and followers up to date and in the loop with news and results, the national series will now be covered online.

From the Tamworth national onwards you'll be able to visit pages on Facebook and Twitter to see what's going on if you're not at the meeting!


On the facebook page there will be round by round updates including images of the qualifying lists as well as notable occurrences and things that happen worth mentioning. Following each meeting you'll also be able to see photos, videos and reports from the event.

To access the facebook page, Click Here


Twitter will be used in a similar way, but due to its more basic nature it'll be limited to short text updates on the movers and shakers in each round and the finals.

To access the Twitter page search for '@BRCA12thScale'
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i have a fairly easy question: what's a decent tire truer to get without breaking the bank? i'll probably only be cutting a set every couple of weeks and am only running stock...also i already have a power supply capable of 30A so i dont need an AC truer...
you can get a cobra track side cheap,got mine for $40.it uses a 4cell for power
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Where can I find a conversion kit for my sp12m corally? I want to change the old pod into the shock damper.
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Shepherd line of 1/12th scale tyres announed on redrc

so how many companies are there doing 12th tyres now?
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Where can I find a conversion kit for my sp12m corally? I want to change the old pod into the shock damper.
Best bet is to look on corallys site and see,not sure about the 12m though,probably the best thing to do is to just get the 12x or go for The newest one the 12sl,amazing car,I got one my self and setup are easy on it.
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