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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 09-29-2003, 01:29 PM   #4156
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CypressMidWest, thanks for the info on the MS-1. I've seen negative info on the Protoform Speed8, what's wrong with that body?
The Proto Speed 8 is LOW downforce. It doesn't really make any, anywhere but up front, and it doesn't make all that much in the front either.

Tps's interpretation is close, but not quite accurate. It's not that the Proto has more STEERING than the Parma, it just has less REAR grip. The ONLY body that makes nearly as much front downforce as the Parma (excluding the TRINITY, since it's just a rip-off of the Parma), is the Proto Ascari, and it's got even more rear grip than the Parma Bentley.
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cypress yor on the money !
thats why i tried the deck spoiler and the side dams on the proto speed 8 body because it dont have a down force!
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I wonder what Trinity has up their sleeve, they said a new "slammed" body will be out soon to match the new Reflex 12...
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I wonder what Trinity has up their sleeve, they said a new "slammed" body will be out soon to match the new Reflex 12...
I believe Josh was the one designing the body, so it might not even happen now.
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Thanks for the info everyone...I've never like a ton of downforce in my cars, so I'll have to ponder what I choose. My former favorite body was the PSE Mazda back in the day, and but have been running the same P35 for a long time now.

Can't we all just run TOJ's again?
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those were better then the new crap including the mazda that body was the bomb! the p-35 still works fine bro.
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Chuck ran the p35 almost all of last season (i think he ran the parma in the last main at the nats, but that was the first time).

i am still an ascari man though, lol.
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i ran the quad 12 this weekend on asphalt and the car was just as good i was able to run against dave vera factory corrally driver and win the car was on par with his lap times and i was able to give a challenge this car works!
.020 front spring and .063 t-plate with 30 wt oil and silver spring this car works, i haven't been suprised by a car performance in a while. whos ever thought about the rug rat needs to take a look at this car! besides i LOVE THE NO TAPE BATT SECURING BRACE! GOT TO LOVE IT !

well anyways this is the first and not the last win for this car ! sorry i sound like commercial its just that good!
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speedxl- u doing any USTC races this year?
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I am sure I didn't say "Unbreakable" but it won't break as much.

See this link, Page 4 part # 8326 or 8203

http://www.rc10.com/pdf/catalogs/cat10l2x.pdf

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speedxl- we met last year at nationals, Anyway you just sound like a pleased consumer. Keep it up we'll expect to see some more race updates. I'm in the last stages of assembly and looking forward to 8 min. of 12th scale bliss.
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Jimmyd - I've been using the IRS adjustable caster blocks for 1/12th scale since the beginning of the year. They are a huge improvement over the stock associated parts. The caster blocks and upper arms are both machined and are much more accurate then the stock molded parts. More important, there are many more settings to adjust handling. There are 4 mounting locations for the upper arm/caster block pin to adjust roll center and 2 rake angles to adjust the mount of reactive caster.
Hi Mike D,
Sounds good. How does the roll centre settings affect the handling? Is there an online shop thats carries them?
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Just wondering if you guys had a good setup for the Monster stock ( brush / spring combo , amp draw , and roll out ) for 1/12th 3300 4 cell ,on a 80 x 50 carpet track , some times it flows and other times its pretty technical.
I also was wondering what the drive freQ on the speedo should be on a Novak Atom, I'm running their 4 cell stock setup and it just doesn't seem fast .

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rcsilly,

Try Trinity 4499 "E" brush with green springs on both sides. Roll out around 1.173 - 1.176. As far as amp draw. I like to see 8 amps at 2 volts on my GFX.
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thanks Rob,
I ran 4505 w a 1/16th hole , reds and rolled out at 1.78 , made run time but had no rip , I'm thinking I need to try a different speed control , or try some different settings on this atom.
I'm going to try the greens and a lower rollout next time at the track.
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