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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



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JFT (Japan Foam Tire)



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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 04-24-2005, 09:09 AM   #12781
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Switchblade - I always charge at 4 amps running mod. Do you have some way to check the amp draw of your motors? You can tune your motors for less amp draw, lighter motor springs, receiver pack mild profile on the speed control.

Jag - the pack wasn't in the correct. I had one heat like that once. You want the pack on the far right, with positive connection on the bottom right hand side (where you solder the positive lead on) across the top be nothing but battery bars connecting cells (or the wire on split packs).

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Really... not that I am doubting you but the instructions say "packs with fewer than 6 cells need to be placed all the way to the left side of the Smart Tray with the negative end of the pack matching with the "-" mark". That's what I did and obviously something went wrong. Do you know this for a fact? If 1 of the cells exploded are all of the others bad as well or can I just replace the bad cell?

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I've been using one for quit a while and always put the 4 cells all the way to the right.

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Old 04-24-2005, 10:56 AM   #12783
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I've been using one for quit a while and always put the 4 cells all the way to the right.

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I think I figured out what I did. I had the polarity correct but I wasn't paying attention to the location of the battery bars. I think I had the battery in 180 degrees wrong. The shunt wire should be on the bottom, right?
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The battery orientation was as follows:

From left to right
1st cell - neg. bottom, positive top.
OK WITH BATTERY BAR ON POSITIVE TOP

2nd cell - positive bottom, neg. top. shunt wire on neg end.
(???) SHUNT WIRE HAS TO BE ON POSITIVE BOTTOM

3rd cell - neg. bottom, positive top. shunt wire on positive end.
(???) SHUNT WIRE HAS TO BE ON NEGATIVE BOTTOM
This is the cell that was damaged.

4th cell - positive bottom, neg. top.
OK

So the shunt wire went from the top of the 2nd cell to the top of the 3rd cell when in the tray. I also noticed that the pack sparks when installed into the tray and immediately begins to get hot.
MY SHUNT WIRE IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE 2ND AND 3RD CELLS WHEN IN THE TRAY

I inserted the pack in the on the left end of the tray and used the next 3 slots to the right.
YES

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jag,

Here is a picture of an old pack.

All 4 and 6 cell battery packs have to be configured in a certain way to work on the Smart Tray.
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Old 04-24-2005, 11:23 AM   #12786
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I think I figured out what I did. I had the polarity correct but I wasn't paying attention to the location of the battery bars. I think I had the battery in 180 degrees wrong. The shunt wire should be on the bottom, right?
I think you got it.

Refer to my previous picture for the only cell orientation that works on the Smart Tray...As far as I know.
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Hello,

I'm planning to start racing this scale in about 2-3 months. What body should I use for a tight carpet track (30' * 50'), stock or 19T class?

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How was the race in modesto?

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Hello,

I'm planning to start racing this scale in about 2-3 months. What body should I use for a tight carpet track (30' * 50'), stock or 19T class?

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there was also something else I have been meaning to ask. I am having run time issues and was wondering what to do as far as charging and tuning wise. I charge at 5.5 amps, mainly becasue our race program flows so fast that I never have enough time to fully charge a pack at 4 amps, which would probobly give me some more run time...maybe not a lot, but a little. Is there anything I can do motor wise such as spring tuning? like softer or harder? I am currently runnng purple on positive, and green on negative for my monster stock pro.
try green on both sides. cut the trailing edge off your brush till the face is equal to that of a stand up brush. this reduces arcing and increases the rpm . you will lose some torque but the motor will be smoother overall and more efficient.
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Crashby, OD, JRRC,

I do have a question for you guys now......

are you now all my b!tches?

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CE...I just saw your T-Fource, NICE CAR!

Just a tip that the drivers at our track use... scrap the battery straps and tape your packs in. I found the car handles much better that wat
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Hey guys,

Does anyone race 1/12 with a Schulze U-Force75 using 4 cells? My Schulze seems to be cutting power on and off? I'm new to 1/12 so any help would be great!

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Crashby, OD, JRRC,

I do have a question for you guys now......

are you now all my b!tches?

Chris.
You guys let HIM win. Now WE have a problem!

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Lazyeh,

Thanks for the tip, I'll try that out. I didn't have a problem with the straps though. i hate taping down cells.

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