Last week I talked about why Team Durango isn’t taking a back seat and showed a little about the innovative technology and product line they offer. This week I’m following up with a little more information about what you get when you’re driving a Team Durango product, along with a tech tip from Travis Amezcua.
First, let’s talk about the level of information Team Durango puts out there for everyone; Team Tech Tips is a great place to start learing. The thing about Team Durango many people don’t realize is how they offer premium racing equipment, but also are passionate about supporting their driver’s, even if you’re a mid-level racer.
You don’t have to be considered an elite racer, or one with a long history in racing to be part of Team Durango. They want you if you’re a mid-level racer, and they will support you like few other companies. And here’s the thing, their driver’s are winning.
It feels to me like a company I might want to check out if I was getting serious about sanctioned racing. Below is a sample from their blog of the information they make so readily available to their driver’s. Travis Amezcua, Team Durango Field Consultant for North America, has not only been busy driving but also writing. Below I’ve included his latest tech tip regarding droop tuning. Enjoy.
Learn How To Get The Most From Droop Settings
As the first part of an exciting new series of Team Durango tuning articles, Travis Amezcua shares a nice guide on how the Droop travel on the newly launched vehicle range can help you access custom set-up configurations.
We hand over to Travis for an exciting look on the facts that surround adjusting your Droop Screw settings.
This week I will cover the effects of Droop Travel. Down stops limit how far the suspension arms travel downward.
Travel, or Droop, is a very sensitive adjustment configuration you can make on your vehicle. It also a very quickly accessed by turning small Screws positioned in your lower Suspension Arms. This can be adjusted easily in pit lane using a 2mm Hex driver. The effects may change with the type of track and/or the level of grip you encounter.
Turning your Droop Screws clockwise decreases droop, counter clockwise increases the amount of droop.
I find the best was to measure the amount of droop you are running is with a pair of digital Calipers. I measure the distance from the center of the top Shock Mount Screw to the center of the bottom Shock Screw. Making sure each side of the vehicle is equal length.
Measuring the amount of Droop you are currently running is a good starting point
More Droop Travel:
This makes the car more responsive but less stable. Typically better on bumpy tracks or on tracks with slower corners. This allows the chassis to transfer more weight back under acceleration or transfer the weight forward under braking.
How your vehicle will look when set to have increased Droop Travel
Less Droop Travel:
This makes the car more stable and is typically better on smooth tracks. This stops the chassis from transferring to much weight back under acceleration or transferring too much to the front during braking.
How your vehicle will look when set to have decreased Droop Travel
Effects of front Travel:
More front Travel
Note how far the Suspension Arms travel beyond the Chassis line
1. It will increases rear traction on corner exit allowing more weight transfer
2. Land better on big jumps
3. Better on bumpy tracks
Less front Travel:
Note the position of the Suspension Arms in relation to the vehicle Chassis line
1. Increase on power steering when accelerating
2. More responsive when changing direction
3. Better on smooth tracks
Having such fast access to this easy tuning option will allow you to make super-fine adjustments in seconds. Roll into the pit lane and have your car back on the track quickly. This will encourage you to continue tuning the car during the action of each race meeting, meaning you can gain an even greater advantage against the competition.
Explore the car used in this Team Tech Tips feature, the DNX8, now: http://www.team-durango.com/race-cars/dnx8/
Connect with Travis and other Team Durango racers in your region here: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialTeamDurango