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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:
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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



Contact



Corally



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 09-13-2011, 06:50 AM   #36286
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Double wishbone fronts have NEVER been illegal in ROAR. It has been done before. I remember seeing Doseck run one in a ROAR Nats back in the late 80s or early 90s. BMIs and Yokomos have been run in Roar races. It is LEGAL. Only the old WGT rules banned them.
I think the Delta was the first to have it but I don't think it came standard nor was it popular for racing

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This is one big advantage of LiPos, we have the ability to add more weight in complex suspension setups instead of the rudimentary suspension that 1/12 has used for decades.

I still have to wonder if the cars will really go appreciably faster though, Matsukura or Hirosaka could make any car look like a handling breakthrough and I'm not so sure that the added complexity is a good thing. My car handles great and its still the old Associated-style sliding kingpin front end that dates back to before I was born
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This is one big advantage of LiPos, we have the ability to add more weight in complex suspension setups instead of the rudimentary suspension that 1/12 has used for decades.

I still have to wonder if the cars will really go appreciably faster though, Matsukura or Hirosaka could make any car look like a handling breakthrough and I'm not so sure that the added complexity is a good thing. My car handles great and its still the old Associated-style sliding kingpin front end that dates back to before I was born
Well first it seems that we're going to wider longer chassis's

The RC125.2 Inline is longer and I think wider ft

The Yokomo is also longer and even gives optional wider front end chassis

So I guess what I'm saying is that things are getting slightly bigger

And to me to put in a more adjustable front end is a great idea

The ft tires will literally be going up/down straighter in corner or going straight thus maintaining consistant caster/camber with more potential of range of track/setups/conditions

The only difference is that the ft bottom arm can accommodate dive now with the CG being adjustable vertically up/down on 3 levels and tilted down/up on 2 levels with more precise droop limiting screws

And the spring won't be binding or getting dirty with the kingpin lube so you can put your energy on just setting CG or the shock

On a positive note regarding new front end what will raising the ft CG and using dive/anti-dive do and when will it be a good variable; Outdoor/Indoor/Bumpy/etc?
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Surprised and very excited to see Tamiya is reviving the RM line with a 'new' 1/12 comong out in December.

It's simple (front end is 26 year old design! ) but that could mean successful

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Looks like it was meant to be powered by a 4-cell stick pack. Are you sure they posted the right picture? By the looks of things this could be a concept car from 20 years ago. Very un-Tamiya-ish.
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Well if you are interested in a double wishbone front suspension there is also the BMI Copperhead 12 to look at.
Here are a couple pics of the double wishbone ft susp



http://www.rctech.net/forum/7732660-post394.html

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Looks like it was meant to be powered by a 4-cell stick pack. Are you sure they posted the right picture? By the looks of things this could be a concept car from 20 years ago. Very un-Tamiya-ish.
It's real - has been announced with a product number and description also.

It's meant to run with a LiFe cell, which is what Tamiya is pushing in Japan as their official battery for the current time and future.

http://tamiyablog.com/
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Here are a couple pics of the double wishbone ft susp
Mine looks a bit cleaner in layout as I am running smaller electronics Really looking forward to the next BMI conversion kit...Jason has a really killer one coming out!
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Mine looks a bit cleaner in layout as I am running smaller electronics Really looking forward to the next BMI conversion kit...Jason has a really killer one coming out!
It looks like a really nice car. In all honestly, all 12th scale cars with the CRC pivot side beams or whatever their called look kinda the same...lol

Not sure I would ultimately go wrong with any of them

This is a tough choice to make and if the Yokomo and parts we're easily accessible at my track I'd probably go with it but they all look fine and competitive for sure

The main distinguishing difference is the advanced front end like R12 and this one

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Not sure I would ultimately go wrong with any of them
Your right...you really can't go wrong with any of them as they are all pretty high quality kits. I am a bit partial though
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Your right...you really can't go wrong with any of them as they are all pretty high quality kits. I am a bit partial though
Which car did you choose?

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I've been running BMI cars for several years now. Sorry...don't have any current pics of my car.
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When I get the new conversion kit coming out I will post some pics. There is some interesting battery placement on that version of the car that will make wiring a lot cleaner
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When I get the new conversion kit coming out I will post some pics. There is some interesting battery placement on that version of the car that will make wiring a lot cleaner
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