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Old 10-04-2008, 03:31 PM   #1
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Hey guys I was thinking maybe we can all pitch in just post some general advice for people who are just starting out in the hobby. Not that I am a pro or anything, but there are allot of things that I have learned the hard way, and it sure would have been nice if I knew better to begin with. Things like checking your diffs, and rebuilding shocks, gearing, and gear mesh, engine temps, tuning, what to maintain, what to check on a regular basis, you know stuff like that. I would like to start off by telling newbies that they need Throttle return springs and/or failsafes, There is nothing worse than a runaway at top speed to crash and burn!
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You're better off starting with a cheap engine than a high dollar engine b/c newbie's engines generally get half the expected lifespan while they learn tuning.

If you want to race don't wait until you "practice" first. Bite the bullet and just do it, you learn so much more in actual competition.

Make sure your stuff is capable of starting, idling, and running consistently before entering a race.
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Check for loose screws every couple of runs.

Stay off the throttle when being turnmarshalled.
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Remember when racing that SLOW IS FASTER! Just focus on staying on track and on your wheels whilst keeping up a 'comfortable' pace and I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised. If you can do that, then the speed will come with time and experience.
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Dont be scared to ask the guys at your track for help! Especially when choosing racing tires. It is important that you get the right tread pattern, and the right compound. Dont race with Badlands because they look cool!
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Don't yell at the turn marshall, they are not the one who crashed.

And remember it is your turn next race!!
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PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-06-2008, 04:19 PM   #8
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PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!!!!!!!!!!
According to Jbrow, It should be Race, Race, Race!!!, lol Just do it baby!
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And most of all have FUN!!!!!
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Don't get overwhelmed by set up, find a sheet for your car by a top driver for either the same track or a similer track and concentrate on tires and ride height being in the zone and work on driving more than anything... slower with smooth tight lines and getting a driving rythm is key to learning to race.



The one that got me when learning about a car is how important it is to look after shocks, regular re-oiling and keeping an eye on the seals (When the oil is dirty, replace those seals!). Shocks are key.
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Overall maintenance is very important. Do not neglect your bearings, diffs, or shocks, because your buggy will not perform as you would like it to. Good working bearings are the biggest factor to a smooth, fast car. If you have gritty, dirty sluggish bearings, especially in your clutch bell, you will cause major, very expensive problems! and you will rob your car of up to 10 mph, top speed
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Try to find a pit buddy by friday evening. Then buy him a steak dinner saturday night for his help.
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Don't buy a cheap RTR... you're going to be replacing servos, probably some actual parts of the car, and the radio. They cost more in the long run.
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Don't buy a cheap RTR... you're going to be replacing servos, probably some actual parts of the car, and the radio. They cost more in the long run.
unless its a slash


but yeah go buy a kit that you have to build so you know the car inside and out plus when you break it you know how to fix it and also keep the general maintenance up dont let your truck get caked with dirt and dont let it get all (nitro) oily from the exaust
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