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Old 11-10-2008, 07:31 PM   #1
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Anybody use drag brake?
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i use drag brake in my electric stuff...
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What kind of vehicle?

In 2wd electric drag brake is common because they tend to spinout if you get too hard on the manual brakes and drag brake helps with turn in.

4wd with open diffs it is not common in that a 4wd is more consistent on manual brakes than a 2wd, and drag brake causes a 4wd to nose dive over jumps if you don't stay on the throttle just right.
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When i ran 2wheel electric buggy i used a lot of drag brake to help turns. I have no drag brake set up on my eight scale.
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When i ran 2wheel electric buggy i used a lot of drag brake to help turns. I have no drag brake set up on my eight scale.
+1 i run drag brake in my 2wd buggy.... i have never ran any in 1/8 scale..
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I used it in electric, but after I started racing eighth scale I don't use it at all in my brushless electrics any longer.
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I think theres few to known that run drake brake no one around my area atleast.
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Sorry, I thought that since this is the "Nitro Off-Road" forum it was clear that I wasn't talking about electric.
I was asking about Nitro, specifically 8th scale buggies.
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Dragging brakes is a decidedly bad thing.

I can see from a performance standpoint, where it may seem like you should be always on the throttle or the brake, however in practice this theory does not work.

It wont take long before the pads and discs heat up, hot enough to begin melting plastic parts and eventually bind..

Infact it took R. Cav about 11 minutes during the worlds main for this exact situation to pan out. Its a whole different sort of idea on a free spinning electric motor. While some could argue that the performance gains would be beneficial (though being smooth will do a lot more for your lap times than throttle-brake-throttle-brake) nitro cars are simply not set up for this.

I do wonder how this will pan out in 1:8th brushless, where the resistance is again on an electric motor.. time will tell.
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