Let me get this out the way and please don't be mad.....but what kind of driving skills do you have?
Originally Posted by Snoop Dawg
Hello folks. I need to have a fast rc car without putting a dent in my pocket. I currently have an OFNA GPX4 but i already adjusted the suspension setup to suit track and i also put in a tuned JLR engine. However there are guys here running Mugen and Kyosho and are going way faster than i am. My idea is to take the RTR as close to the other guys' cars as possible. Are there any specific upgrades I can do that will make a major difference? Gears, etc.. I think my 2nd ger is currently 47T. If I upgrade this to a 43T will the car be significantly faster? As I have been only into the actual taking part in the sport for 2 months, any help will be greatly appreciated.
If you can't drive worth a darn, then it won't matter what you do to the car. The other guys will still be faster than you just because they ae better drivers, they are more consistant, and their cars are better than yours in (terms of settup).
Now on the other hand, if you happen to be one of Gods gifts to RC racing and possess the skills of a seasoned veteran after only two months of driving/racing, then here are some general suggestions.
Increasing, not decreasing your spur gears, will give your car more top end speed. Decreasing will give more acceleration. You need to find the right balance for your track. Too much of one and not enough of the other will make for a bad set up.
If you are still running the stock, pull-start engine, it needs to go. if you can't afford a new engine right now, then at least take the pull-started off. this will reduce weight and drag on the engine's shaft which will give you more power.
Also read the Tunning bible
guide. A finely tunned engine can make a world of difference.
Finnally, what body are you running. Some of the sedan bodies may not look as cool as the more realist looking HPI or Kyosho bodie, but they have better aero-dynamics than them. see what some of the fasters guys are using and get yourself one...if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.....hold true here.
That should be enough to pull you closer, but keep this in mind.......a RTR
car in the capable hands of a good driver will never beat a racing kit
car driven by the same driver.