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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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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:
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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 03-15-2011, 11:34 AM   #35641
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Those are large dia tires, can we assume you are running outdoors ?

Seeing as how that esc does NOT have boost, you are going to have to gear it up a bit.
Maybe start @ 85mm roll indoors and 95 on pavement, so you will need a smaller spur gear. I doubt a 55 to 65 pinion will fit with that 96t.

Try a 72t 64p spur, and a range of high 30's to high 40's pinions maybe.

Gearchart.com can help you with your roll calculations
Sorry, its a SXX V2 that does have boost and no, I am running on carpet. What diameter tire should I be running?
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I wouldn't start any larger than 44 mm i the rear. 43 is a common starting size. With boost in the esc I usually run a 76/42 with 43-ish tires. But obviously there can be large variations in timing and gearing with different motors, traction levels, layouts, and esc's so you will need to do some guess and check with your particular set up.
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Sorry, its a SXX V2 that does have boost and no, I am running on carpet. What diameter tire should I be running?
Unless that's a "Stock Spec" SXX, it does not have much boost at all.
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Not a stock spec, I run SXX V2 in all of my cars except for my B44.1 which is an SXX V2 TC-Spec. I went with the SXX V2 for my 1/12th because not only does it have boost, but it also has a dual BEC so you don't need any extra shit in the car. Thanks for all of the input, I figured it would come down to some trial and error, it always does.
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I have been running my Rears at 46 with no problems but I am using Pinks with rounded edges. And coming in with a podium finish everytime. But I do check my tires after each run and glue when they start to pull from the tire
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Tire diameter is just another choice in your set up. Factory drivers run tiny tires because they nearly always run on very high bite surfaces and a large diameter tire distorts at the sidewall. Tiny tires are also lighter, letting you get down to that 730 g limit easier. Most of them also get their tires free, a larger tire definitely lasts longer if you watch for tread separatioon. If you run on a lower grip surface, a larger tire can add traction. You may want to run a bead of CA around the rim to add some sidewall stiffness and prevent chunking. Experimenting to find what works for you is part of the fun.
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I have been running my Rears at 46 with no problems but I am using Pinks with rounded edges. And coming in with a podium finish everytime. But I do check my tires after each run and glue when they start to pull from the tire
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I use similar size rears and they work very well... can run them down even lower, the problem I have is with the front... If I run anything below 44 mm on the front the tires go to the rim by 6 minutes and I start understeering big time... I always had issues with fast wear on front tires...
We run on asphalt...
Also I know running larger tires slows the car in corners big time!!!

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So I actually Measured it and it's 15x20 (meters) so about 45x60 ish and There are some more vids uploaded to my Utube
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Hello all,
just getting back into the hobby and trying to figure out what would be the best tire combo for brushless lipo 1/12 on a low to moderate traction track. I think I used to run pink rears with lilac fronts but could be mistaken.

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just getting back into the hobby and trying to figure out what would be the best tire combo for brushless lipo 1/12 on a low to moderate traction track. I think I used to run pink rears with lilac fronts but could be mistaken.

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That combo could work. What class? 17.5, 13.5, 10.5, boosted or no boost, mod?

For 17.5, yellow or grey/low or orange (both are yellow with a strip of grey rubber on the edge) rears with black or magenta fronts are popular. I usually run black fronts with magenta rears.

13.5, 10.5 and mod, I like magenta all around. 2x pink front, pink rear is also popular.
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13.5 open is what I'll be running and thanks man! I remember liking the pink dbl pink setup as well.

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Yeah it will really depend on the track but pink rears usually work very well. I would get a set of magentas and yellows (or grey low/orange) to try out as well.

For front, get a set of blacks, magentas and double pinks to try out.

Some combo of those should work on 90% of tracks. If you are used to lilac fronts, you will probably need to take some dual rate out of the steering to settle the car down but this is a good thing.
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hi there... 1st time running 1/12... was hoping someone could give a starting RO for a med/large asphalt track (low/med grip)... running a SP 4.0 v2

here's a vid of our track in case it would be of help.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLGzU4eZnFM
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hi there... 1st time running 1/12... was hoping someone could give a starting RO for a med/large asphalt track (low/med grip)... running a SP 4.0 v2

here's a vid of our track in case it would be of help.
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Nice looking track. What motor? Boost or no boost? ESC?
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Nice looking track. What motor? Boost or no boost? ESC?
its a SpeedPassion v2 4.0T


running it with a HW 1S 120A ESC (has boost)
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