It took me a while but I managed to get the TRF414M out onto the track. The club race was 17.5 blinky,24R rubber tires, on a technical asphalt track. I was up against the latest and greatest 419's, BD7's, 3 Racing Sakura's, and so on.
It was the 414's first time out on this asphalt track. I had a bit of work to do with the setup. Also, I was a little apprehensive about driving it hard, since parts are a little scarce... However, to my surprise, the car worked flawlessly without any mechanical issues. The only hiccup was a stone getting into the spur gear.
Testing and setup.
For shits and giggles, I decided to run the suspension blocks with no spacers. Just to see and get to a feel of the handling characteristics. "Yikes!" Is all I can say. It honestly felt like driving a piece of ply-wood around a track. There was no chassis roll what so ever. Luckily for me, Juan A's posted information about using 2 mm spacers under the EVO blocks to help the car roll. I followed his instructions and this made a huge difference. This let the chassis roll more into the corners, and made the handling more fluid on the tight technical track I was racing on. No more ply-wood handling car!
So, after a few changes with spring rates, shock hole and camber link locations, she was working well. Not great, but good enough for the short setup window I had before the 2 qualifiers.
I ended up qualifying 2nd for the A-main and won. I also clocked in second fastest lap. Not bad for a 10+ year old car. But, there is a lot that needs to be done with the setup, and fortunately for me I have RC Crew Chief to help me.
I must say, there is not better feeling to win with such an old car.