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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!
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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 03-04-2005, 03:00 PM   #11641
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You guys are the only ones I've ever seen who run a rollover and a seperate antenna tube...yer weird, man!

I wrap the wire around my rollover and shrinkwrap it to the antenna....
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I wrap the wire around my rollover and shrinkwrap it to the antenna....
I like the Paragon Pro Stick antenna. It's hollow graphite so you can run the wire through it-they are really strong, too.
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Hi,

Iīm planning to start 12scale... nice class...
I think i will race standard so I need a 6 cell car... unfortunately i canīt find such a car anywhere... Here in Germany many people race Corally... I donīt like Corally so thatīs no possiblity for me.
Which car would you suggest?
And where to get? I will order anywhere in the world if the price is right because my LHS donīt carry 12scale cars...

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Try www.teamcrc.com they make a VERY good 6 cell car called the six pack. I have been running one for about a year and is one of the easiest cars to drive.
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That's true, with a little hot sauce, you can eat it!
No wonder they call it "pan" cars.
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You guys are the only ones I've ever seen who run a rollover and a seperate antenna tube...yer weird, man!
If you have your antenna cut off by the body, you'll switch!

Happened to me in 1/10th Pan. Nasty.
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I'll give you $5 for 10ft

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How about I just give you ten feet and you deduct from what I owe you? I split the 50ft roll with OD. It's all in black, of course, to meet the aesthetic code of our construction.
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i am not actually looking at the weight of the antenna so much as teh weight that it contributes to rolling your car over. All that weight 10" heigh. I would think the car would be less likely to roll with out the antenna, then with it. The uprighting part is nice, but if the car rolls less with the weight closer to the ground, then woudl that not compensate for the up righting?
That is exactly why racers in our area were cutting them down. I think with the new Specktrum systems coming out, you can effectively cut down the height of the roll over antenna to lower the roll center and remove weight but not to the point that the antenna will no longer put you back on your wheels in the event of a shunt.
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If you have your antenna cut off by the body, you'll switch!

It hasn't happened to me in 20 years of racing, and my antenna is inside the rollover so I'm thinkin' I don't need to switch...and yer still weird

ps: thanks for explaining why you do that, I've always wondered!
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Actually I built that car myself. (with a lot of OD ideas)
Beautiful car! OK, two and one half points each...he, he...

I want to see that again tomorrow.

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In New Zealand its illegal to run a fibreglass antenna

I'm new to 1/12 and not many people run the class here, to the point that we have only 4 cars entered for our Nationals next weekend and thats not enough to run the class.

There are hundreds of pages to this thread, so don't want to go through the whole thing, so hopefully you can help me out with a few questions.

Why do guys run separate receiver battery packs and what size and capacity are they?

I'm looking at running outdoor on a rough ashpalt track, so am running huge tyres, 55mm in the back. I have 12 doubles or a 17 double, can anyone give me a good roll out to run? Will be running 4 cell 3300's.

Thanks for your help.
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Reciever packs will deliver higher voltage to the servo for more speed, and give longer run time since the power pack doesn't run the servo or reciever. Most people use 5 cell 160mah NMHD packs. Some pros use 6 cells but that can fry servos.

Try rolling out at about 37 for the 12.
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Will you be at Stockton tomorrow?
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Thanks odpurple. I need to gear down 2 pinions

Are the receiver packs sold by any company or do you make them up yourselves? How long to they last between charges?
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Will you be at Stockton tomorrow?
got flu. stay home. build more cars. must...build...more...cars...
never enough, never...never...
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Thanks odpurple. I need to gear down 2 pinions

Are the receiver packs sold by any company or do you make them up yourselves? How long to they last between charges?
Irrgang Racing Services (IRS) has the loose batteries to build or already built packs of these micro cells.

http://www.teamirsrc.com/battery.html

Not sure about your other questions. Od will likely jump in any time...
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