01-14-2013, 08:22 AM
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Originally Posted by Voltron989
I have the Cobra GTe, i know this is the nitro forum but the electric forum has very little info. I'm wondering if I can get some tips on getting some more steering out of my car. I love the car and I gained time and consistency with the Cobra over my DM1 but I feel that I've lost a good amount of steering with it compared to the DM1.
Some options I've been thinking about are as follows.
My car is currently built to spec. No changes.
Options 2 steering rack. I see a lot of people on here and the buggy forums say its gained a lot more steering on their cars
Lowering the caster.0 degree steering blocks? Changing front pin inserts?
Softer front sway bar?
Changes to front toe and camber?
Any tips to start out with would be greatly appreciated.
When it comes to making changes to the car I'm pretty much a newb. I usually just try to get my cars setting somewhere in the ballpark and then just learn to drive it from there.
Can you describe your track a bit? Don't want to throw stuff out that is going to hinder you on the track. With this being the electric Chassis I would be messing with Diff Fluid Thickness. If you are running too thick your car wont turn in like you want it too. You are also going to want to check all your end points and so on to make sure they are fully extended
(this is a radio setting). I cant say that I've heard of anyone having trouble with the Nitro sedan turning in fact I've dialed mine down quite a bit.
Mess with your diff fluids, go lighter in the front than what you have. You may want to consider the 10deg caster blocks as they will give you more bite in the corners. You can also play with the roll center, the higher you can get it the more force its going to put on the wheels. I would leave it at stock set up wise, make sure you have good racing tires like some Sweep EXP 50s or 45s depending on track temp. Usually I change at around 70 degrees Track Temp not air temp. 45s are for cooler temps than the 50s however you can use 45s in warmer temps as long as you aren't over driving the car. Safest bet is to get some 50s as these will be an all season tire that will suit you just about anywhere and any temp.
Your key here is to make one change at a time and spend 5-10 mins on the track feeling what it did to your car. Once you start to associate changes with feel you will be ready to look at multiple changes at a time if you choose to do so. Most racers stick to one at a time even after they get good. Get yourself a good book on set up and treat it as you bible. I recommend the XXX main Touring car setup book as you will use pretty much all the theories in this book. Keep it with you on the track as it is a good sanity check as you are learning the adjustments.
Last edited by TerribleTy; 01-14-2013 at 08:36 AM.