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Old 06-27-2011, 03:52 PM   #1
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So I have been seeing little things here and there around my local track that some guys do to help with the set up of their buggy or truggy.

For example one local racer uses steering rod ends instead of shock ends. The reason being we run on a very rough track and the rod ends are longer then the shock ends so it gives him extra droop to help with the bumps and jumps.

What modifications or tricks have you found work good. Post them up along with why they help. I am still learning a lot about setting up my RC's so I hope this thread takes off, you never know what you might learn.
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One thing I do a little differently than others is I safety wire my air filter to the carb. By doing this, I'm 100% sure I'll never lose my filter during practice or racing.

You can buy safty wire pliers at most motorcycle shops with the stainless saftywire. 25 bucks for both and your set for life!!!
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I use balloons instead Of shock boots, doesnt change anything as far as set up goes. Its just cheaper than buying shock boots
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One thing I do a little differently than others is I safety wire my air filter to the carb. By doing this, I'm 100% sure I'll never lose my filter during practice or racing.

You can buy safty wire pliers at most motorcycle shops with the stainless saftywire. 25 bucks for both and your set for life!!!
Saftywire ..... not sure what this is guess its time to go google it, sounds like a good idea.

How do you use a balloon for a boot? Do you just punch a hole in the bottom and use zip ties?
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One thing I do a little differently than others is I safety wire my air filter to the carb. By doing this, I'm 100% sure I'll never lose my filter during practice or racing.

You can buy safty wire pliers at most motorcycle shops with the stainless saftywire. 25 bucks for both and your set for life!!!
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One thing I do a little differently than others is I safety wire my air filter to the carb. By doing this, I'm 100% sure I'll never lose my filter during practice or racing.

You can buy safty wire pliers at most motorcycle shops with the stainless saftywire. 25 bucks for both and your set for life!!!
I just use a zip tie to hold my air filter boot on the carb (assuming this is what your'e talking about). Easier to remove if I need to access my venturi, and zip ties are cheap at harbor freight.
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X2 on the balloon picture ....I'm always ripping them
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This is a great idea for a sticky thread. For the safety wire, you dont necesarily need the pliers. It just looks nicer and you get a 100% uniform twist. You can do it with good ol' pliers if your on a budget.
1 tip I use that some of you might already know.. For punching breather holes in the tires before mounting.. Instead of buying a leather punch, I just plug in the soldering iron with an old tip on it(will ruin new tip) and burn it through from the bottom. Nice uniform hole.
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For example one local racer uses steering rod ends instead of shock ends. The reason being we run on a very rough track and the rod ends are longer then the shock ends so it gives him extra droop to help with the bumps and jumps.

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Don't know is that is a good idea.
The piston can impact the bladder and put a hole in it quickly.
On some vehciles the spring will not become coil bound (all coils touching) before the piston hits the bladder.

Anyway, mine:

Shoegoo is great for repairing bodies that have split or to make them a bit stronger in some areas subject to stress. Spread it on the inside, but not in hi heat areas

Body offcuts make good mudguards for rear lower arms

Shock / diff oil info - really good info at:
www dot twf8 dot ws/php/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=175

(and if anyone knows why the link at the bottom about mixing oils to make different weights no longer works, or where the mixing article is, can you let me know please? )

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I'm gonna talk about fuel lines.... (Note some terminology might be different from what you're used to. We give things different names where I'm from)

I cut fuel lines and insert them on my shock shafts if i ever need to lower or shorten the shafts/shocks. I also put them on the shock end to help absorb any hard landings. This is how I converted my old stampede to a 1 inch riding truggy lol.

Small pieces of fuel lines can help prevent dog bones from popping out too easily. Place them on one end of the the dog bone and it'll give the dog bone a tighter fit into the drive.

Whenever I'm in need of spacers or washers... such as when I need to get more clearance on screws, I just slide a piece of fuel line onto the screw to take up more space. Zipties/cable ties work as well.

Offroad nitro cars flip alot.... to keep the car/engine running when on its cover, just install longer fuel lines (not too long though...). The longer fuel lines houses more fuel in them, so your car can continue running until a marshall gets to it.
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LIMIT YOUR CARB THROW

DONT OVERDRIVE

PRACTICE WAY MORE THAN YOU RACE

DONT HIT THINGS OTHER THAN RACE LINES

DONT BE A HACK

DONT DECIDE A PODIUM FINISH FOR SOMEONE FROM A LAP DOWN
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Don't know is that is a good idea.
The piston can impact the bladder and put a hole in it quickly.
On some vehciles the spring will not become coil bound (all coils touching) before the piston hits the bladder.
Using the different end does not change the length of the shaft, the steering rod end has more body between the ends of the thread and the mounting hole, that is where the added droop comes in, not my adding more shaft length, so your springs and bladder never no the difference.


Simple illustration, very basic I do not have pictures or the time right now to find them so this will have to do the ----- is your shaft, the / is the top of the shock/steering rod end and the o is the mounting hole. As you can see nothing but the distance of the plastic end changes.

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Anyone else more confused now
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LIMIT YOUR CARB THROW

DONT OVERDRIVE

PRACTICE WAY MORE THAN YOU RACE

DONT HIT THINGS OTHER THAN RACE LINES

DONT BE A HACK

DONT DECIDE A PODIUM FINISH FOR SOMEONE FROM A LAP DOWN
Dont over drive? Dont Be a hack??????

what kind of racer are you?! lol j/k

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I learned very quickly that if you need to let off the throttle just a little to drive a clean line, you will pass the guy that goes balls out and needs to be cornered in every corner.
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Where do you buy them balloons for shock shafts?
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