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Old 05-29-2014, 07:59 PM   #7261
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Parma 70' Cuda. Best USVTA body for sure!
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:34 PM   #7262
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I like the durability it has as-is. And I figure as heavy as you have to make these things, the shell is just another way to achieve the mark. Definitely like the 68 . My LHS has had no problem getting them.
I would like to see one pulled from a little heavier lexan. They did that with the 70 Cuda and I liked it much better.
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Parma 70' Cuda. Best USVTA body for sure!
I think you just liked torturing every one with it like you do. It did handle well at the birds. Of course that could have been the chassis. Nah it has to be that Parma shell.
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Old 05-29-2014, 08:37 PM   #7263
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Wrong thread. Looking forward to shaking down my new VTA car on Saturday.
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When I drive a clean race I have the normal group of VTA guys at my track pretty well covered. I can at least run top 3 almost every race. Every once and a while someone shows up and runs the class that I just can't keep up with. What am I missing?

I run a TC4. Timing and gearing are pushing the limit with temps. Set up drives great. Bearings and diffs are decreased and free rolling. I just don't know where I am losing speed on some guys.
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Old 06-01-2014, 08:06 PM   #7265
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When I drive a clean race I have the normal group of VTA guys at my track pretty well covered. I can at least run top 3 almost every race. Every once and a while someone shows up and runs the class that I just can't keep up with. What am I missing?

I run a TC4. Timing and gearing are pushing the limit with temps. Set up drives great. Bearings and diffs are decreased and free rolling. I just don't know where I am losing speed on some guys.
What are you missing? Sort of a loaded question. Experience most likely. Both your setup and driving. Sometimes what we might think is dialed in, a top level driver might go 'eh.. not so much'.

Nothing wrong with the tc4, maybe a more recent chassis could offer something, but plenty of guys are competitive with that chassis. When you say you are pushing the limit with temps, what is the temp? What kind of track? Big, small, tight, open? Not that I am all that special, but I usually set my gearing at 3.5 for vta with a lot of motor timing for indoor carpet, lower gearing for bigger outside tracks. I've been down into the 2's on asphalt.
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Old 06-01-2014, 08:54 PM   #7266
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as a long time Oval guy, generally most of us who are chasing speed are losing it in the handling/corners.

On a Oval w/ only 4 corners - 2 entrance/2 exits, it makes a huge difference...

But think about that on a Roadcourse... 10, 12, sometimes MORE corners.

If you over drive the corner and scrub speed coming off just a LITTLE on each corner...you've lost a Ton of Time over a whole lap.

If you are using 70% steering rate while someone else can get through the corners with only 20-25% rate - you are losing speed that you may not even feel.

Myself, I tend to drive way to deep into a corner, then have to force the turn...instead of making a nice smooth corner with an early entry and good exit... I KNOW IT, but can't ever seem to fix it - I get close sometimes...then WHAM I short cut a corner and lose a whole lot more time then if I'd just kept the line I'd been running.

I am always in such awe of the Open Mod guys and how they take corners...
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Old 06-01-2014, 09:04 PM   #7267
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as a long time Oval guy, generally most of us who are chasing speed are losing it in the handling/corners.

On a Oval w/ only 4 corners - 2 entrance/2 exits, it makes a huge difference...

But think about that on a Roadcourse... 10, 12, sometimes MORE corners.

If you over drive the corner and scrub speed coming off just a LITTLE on each corner...you've lost a Ton of Time over a whole lap.

If you are using 70% steering rate while someone else can get through the corners with only 20-25% rate - you are losing speed that you may not even feel.

Myself, I tend to drive way to deep into a corner, then have to force the turn...instead of making a nice smooth corner with an early entry and good exit... I KNOW IT, but can't ever seem to fix it - I get close sometimes...then WHAM I short cut a corner and lose a whole lot more time then if I'd just kept the line I'd been running.

I am always in such awe of the Open Mod guys and how they take corners...
I hear you, I guess I've always enjoyed "over-driving" a bit... I just have more fun that way. When I make the point to ease into corners, keep it tight, and get it back on power / in a straight line quick I run better laps. but I get bored of it.

In VTA if someone is consistently running a tenth or two faster per lap, it truly adds up over 6-8 minutes. It's not that they are blowing your doors off, it's just that small advantage per lap that can collectively make the difference. You pay for every mistake in this class!
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I hear you, I guess I've always enjoyed "over-driving" a bit... I just have more fun that way. When I make the point to ease into corners, keep it tight, and get it back on power / in a straight line quick I run better laps. but I get bored of it.

In VTA if someone is consistently running a tenth or two faster per lap, it truly adds up over 6-8 minutes. It's not that they are blowing your doors off, it's just that small advantage per lap that can collectively make the difference. You pay for every mistake in this class!
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The winds of change are on the horizon.


I guess what they say is true about the squeaky wheel.......
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I guess what they say is true about the squeaky wheel.......

Care to fill us in or are you just going to leave us hanging?
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I guess what they say is true about the squeaky wheel.......
A) Locate wasp nest.

B) Insert stick.

C) Shake vigorously.

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The winds of change are on the horizon.


I guess what they say is true about the squeaky wheel.......
I sure hope this isn't hinting at changes to speed control rules.
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I guess what they say is true about the squeaky wheel.......
Care to fill us in or are you just going to leave us hanging?
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I do like a nice New York Cheddar with my whine
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A) Locate wasp nest.

B) Insert stick.

C) Shake vigorously.

Well, I did grow up in the early 70's when eating lead based paint chips was the norm :-)
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