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Old 10-03-2012, 06:54 AM   #466
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I'm sure most of us have seen the video that kinda shows how to mount the Tamiya Foam rim to the Pit tires. Because I dont want to ruin a set, I did some "dry" runs on this. Kinda going through the motion without the glue. In the video, the guy effortlessly pushes the rim, into the tire while rotating it. I cant even get mine part way in, before it wont rotate and more squishes the tire than it slides. Anyone done this successfully? Or is there a better method?
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Old 10-03-2012, 04:57 PM   #467
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I had the same fears about doing this job but I figured I better try it since I really wanted to try out a set of Pits for my 104. It actually does work very well. My personal suggestions are these.
1. I usually use thick ca glue because of the slower set time. I didn't this time and it almost turned out badly. 1 tire edge "folded" a bit as I was setting the rim in place and that quick set glue was already gripping pretty good. I had to work quick and got it corrected. Sooo....use thick ca
2. When you first start inserting the wheel, do it at an angle and then twist it in like a corkscrew until you get to the bottom. Try slowing down also. More twist..less push. I also used my other hand and wrapped my thumb and middle finger around the tire and gently squeezed. That allowed the rim to go right through without the tire "grabbing" it. They are definitely tacky so I understand what you're talking about. Good luck. It's definitely worth it. They look and handle great !!
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:26 PM   #469
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:07 AM   #472
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mine has gone into winter retirment and is due to get a new steering system, the Exotek 1178 steering crank system, I am now waiting for a new low profile servo to arrive.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:14 AM   #473
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Does anyone make the Roll damper with aliminum on both caps? If so I havent been able to find it. Can someone point me in the right drirection? Or maybe offer a suitable substitute? 104 v2 based F1r here.
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I was thinking on trying the new Tamiya one or switching to a single damper tube.
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:09 PM   #475
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Does anyone make the Roll damper with aliminum on both caps? If so I havent been able to find it. Can someone point me in the right drirection? Or maybe offer a suitable substitute? 104 v2 based F1r here.
Heres the one I have now. And are you talking about this one? I am hearing the white plastic piece is fragile on this one too. But I may give it a shot anyways. http://www.tamiyausa.com/product/ite...oduct-id=54413
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:53 PM   #476
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:58 PM   #477
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I was wondering if anyone had a good carpet set up using 571/572 tire combo to share any help would be great thanks .
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F1R stock setup is a pretty good starting point to be honest. If you dont have the paper you can probably get it from their site? May have to adjust oils a little or front springs depending on traction levels.
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I was wondering if anyone had a good carpet set up using 571/572 tire combo to share any help would be great thanks .
Out of the box, I was having quite a bit of push on high grip carpet. Trying things like going higher on the front camber mount would cause traction roll.

I don't have an F1R specific setup sheet, but here are the settings I finally settled on which feel like a good balance to me. I'm not the fastest guy around, but constantly improving! Maybe someone else can chime in too with suggestions:
  • Front camber plate: 1.5
  • Front Arm Droop (take out the spacers on the bottom of the kingpin): 1mm-1.5mm (increase for more rear traction)
  • Rear Pod Droop: 2mm (increase for more steering, but I don't suggest going beyond 3mm.
  • Side springs: AE black (preferred). Go stiffer in slight increments if you run into a lot of traction roll. Too stiff will cause you to scrub speed in fast sweeping turns. Make sure side springs are straight.
  • Front springs: Tamiya Medium
  • Main Spring: Tamiya Yellow
  • Tires: Shimizu 571/572 with full sauce (let tire sauce soak for 10-15 min)
  • Rear Shaft: Carbon
  • Rear diff: tight and VERY smooth
  • Main shock oil weight: AE 35
  • Side damper weight: AE 25-35 (depends on if layout is tight and twisty or long and sweeping. Heavier weight better for long sweeping turns).

Besides basics like springs, camber, etc, I find droop to be one of the most critical settings for this car. Playing with these values will definitely help get your F1R to where you want it.

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