Good night for the Evo3 last night. Taka won Brushless Mod with one and there were 4 other Evo3's running that class! I set TQ and led for about 2 minutes until the coma kicked in doh! I also, pummeled, plowed, hacked and killed Fred Medel into third place oblivion...sorry Fred. David Jun showed up to watch and help out some of the Tamiya drivers and he drove my car cold turkey for my second qualifier and beat my TQ by 2 seconds (this is after a minus one lap penalty when the race director realized it wasn't me driving)!
My car was pretty good but had a push that develops after the sauce wore away. The push was off-power diving into corners and it was good just about everywhere else, mid and on. What would have been the ideal solution (It's an easy fix but hind-sight is always 20-20):
1) Adding 1mm of droop in the rear.
2) Increasing front toe-out by 1/2-1 degree.
3) Moving rear inner upper link down one hole.
I did number one because it required the least amount of work (read lazy). The car had tons o steering but felt a little bit unbalanced. I think I would have been better of with a toe adjustment to keep my rear grip.
On some more technical notes...
Taka said that during testing, they Tamiya guys tried various location of the front swaybar including the wcr mounting method and found that the shorter the sway bar and closer to the arms it is, the better. So those who try the wcr conversion might think about it before trying it.
Also, have any of you noticed a slight bowing of your chassis when all of the upper deck screws have been tightened. Check it out, untweak your chassis and run a few packs, come back, check tweak and you may notice that the chassis bannanas up a little bit. This occured on mine (and I didn't hit anything except for maybe Taka
and latter found out that the two plastic mounting points on the gearboxes cause the tweaking. Taka and some of the TRF drivers have been using spacers between the plastic piece and gearbox to fix this. I'll do the same next time I'm up in it hehe.
Ciao for now.