Ive had a 3 race days on the Rev8 so far, and it continues to get better each time I run it. I started out with the car inline, but felt more comfortable with the transverse battery configuration at my club track.
This past weekend, I incorporated some of the ideas from Robbie's setup posted above(albeit still keeping the car transverse) and I moved to the #5025 aluminum front knuckles... which allowed me to shim the front springs more to my liking. With the stock plastic steering knuckles I ended up with a fair amount of front spring preload, even without any shims. Allowing the front end a little more downtravel really helped keep the car calm/settled in sections of track that weren't the smoothest... and also gave the car a bit more mid-corner steering. I also liked the feeling of Red Spooge in the tubes with a bit less side spring preload(1.5
turn vs 2) rather than the Green....
Our track layout has been in place for about 5-6 weeks now, so the fastest laps and overall runs in each class are pretty well established. While we didn't have a big turnout for 12th this past weekend, I did end up resetting the track record for 17.5 by ~8 seconds, putting down the only 41 lap run to date on this layout. The car was very solid, developed a lot of natural steering, but wasn't twitchy or too aggressive.
Bruce asked me to post a pic of the transverse setup and I figured I would share my setup, in case anyone is looking for a place to start for a non-inline configuration:
Edit: I made a mistake above... the side springs are at 1.5 turns down. They are just barely touching the pod plate.