Originally Posted by Ooj
This may seem silly but has anyone tried to take out the front drive shafts of an F201 and run it as rear wheel drive only? Any setup tips?
I have done this with mine, and it actually works pretty well if you don't do what I did the first time, so I'll share what made it work for me.
To make an F201 RWD only, you'll want to not only pull the front driveshaft, but also the front dogbones (or cvd's if you have them) and the front differential. At first I tried doing this by only pulling the front driveshaft, leaving the dogbones and front diff installed. Bad idea, the car didn't do much other than burnouts and spinouts. With the front diff still acting on the front wheels with no power being applied to them, it essentiall "ties" the front wheels together and doesn't let the car turn, and when it does, it swaps ends.
You could just pull the front dog bones and leave the diff and center driveshaft, but it removes alot more weight taking it all out. (its rotating mass)
Tires and your running surface make the biggest difference in RWD. I'd recommend soft springs in the rear to help give it rear grip. It may understeer at first, but it will be driveable and you can tune from there. Don't go to aggressive with the camber, i'd suggest -1 degree in the rear and -2 up front, max. You'll get funny tire wear with more camber.
Hope it helps
Wish I could help more, but I returned my F201 to shelf queen duty after my F104 pro arrived and havent looked back. For all the beauty of the F201 chassis, the suspension mounting points on the front bulkhead/diff case don't hold up well to impacts, even with the lower reinforcing piece.