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Old 12-05-2009, 11:21 PM   #1
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Im racing on a really little indoor nitro track this winter and was wondering if anyone could maybe give me a few setup tips. Im running a rc8b, raced there a couple times been really fast both times, but the car needs some improving. What im needing is steering without losing traction. So what im looking for is what changes can i make to my car to give it more steering off power but still have the good on power traction. And just any tips anyone has to run on a tight indoor track. Thanks
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see if this helps any ..just read and apply where you need it
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hello there,
we race on a very tight/ technical track also, its small but the lap time is around 34s (very technical) i run a Kyosho MP9 and i did this to have tons of steering:
1- short wheel base (all spacers behind the rear hub carrier)
2- ackerman position all the way toward the back of the car (faster steering response)
3- .5 or 1 degree less toe in (rear)
4- .5 or 1 degree more toe out (front)
5- more camber in front
6- if you dont need alot of on throttle steering, try to use minimum caster angle.

dont do all those changes at once, you won't be able to drive the car, the driving style will change alot, try the ackerman and wheel base first with your normal set-up, if you still dont have enough steering, play with the other angles (is the spelling right?? for angles??
and keep in mind, when you gain steering, you loose a bit of rear traction, you better get used to it, IMHO its easier to drive a car that oversteers.

hope this helps

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hello there,
we race on a very tight/ technical track also, its small but the lap time is around 34s (very technical) i run a Kyosho MP9 and i did this to have tons of steering:
1- short wheel base (all spacers behind the rear hub carrier)
2- ackerman position all the way toward the back of the car (faster steering response)
3- .5 or 1 degree less toe in (rear)
4- .5 or 1 degree more toe out (front)
5- more camber in front
6- if you dont need alot of on throttle steering, try to use minimum caster angle.

dont do all those changes at once, you won't be able to drive the car, the driving style will change alot, try the ackerman and wheel base first with your normal set-up, if you still dont have enough steering, play with the other angles (is the spelling right?? for angles??
and keep in mind, when you gain steering, you loose a bit of rear traction, you better get used to it, IMHO its easier to drive a car that oversteers.

hope this helps

cheers
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Do you have a picture or a link to a picture for your track. Relatively new and would like to know what you consider a tight track so I can compare it to ours.
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Go to a stiffer spring and limit you travel a little more. You'll be driving the corners harder, lots of travel can cause excessive weight transfer. If the room the track is in is cold you may need to come down on your shock oils, they get heavier in the cold.

Run a milder engine, smaller tracks can't make use of a long legged engine.
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