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Old 04-08-2021, 03:00 PM
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Here is the 3rd of my Traxxas based builds.
This platform is the RedShift Drag kit from Chuckworks RC ,who many are familiar with in the Dirt Oval and Slash 2wd racers where his chassis get a lot of use.
I was informed of his Redshift Drag chassis last fall and decided to pick one up. Cost for this kit was 150.00 and that included his 8 inch wheelie bar and shipping if I am not mistaken. So out of the options of Aftermarket chassis, it is one of the lesser expensive ones.

Chuckworks uses a Proprietary blend of composite materials for his chassis and items, so its not Carbon Fiber like many are, but is very rigid, strong, and lightweight.

I started out with a RPM/Traxxas tranny and swapped over the DRC mid motor after building the first one for the TARP rig a few weeks ago.

Only real trick in assembly was IDing the cross support tubes, which were for the chassis and which were for the wheelie bar, and getting the front steering support braket on correctly. everything else was an easy assembly, and fitting the DRC parts to the Chuckworks Chassis was without issue from either products.

Build specs are as follows:

Chuckworks RC RedShift Drag Chassis
Drag Race Concepts Mid-Motor Transmission and DRC TA slipper top shaft, with the Backyard RC Ceramic Bearings, HR Idler Gear, DRC Ider shaft, HR Diff Case with 200k Mugen Diff Fluid.
Revolution Designs VTS Slipper (On BackOrder at Amain)
MIP HD Bandit DriveShafts
DRC Rear Shock Mount and Tower
CustomWorks 1.5in rear Titanium Turnbuckles with SSD Long and Short Ends
Atomik RC Rear Carriers in Red
Pro-Line F11 Rear Beadlock rims with Corrupted Carbon 12 hole CF Beadlocks (Aluminum Red Beadlock screws ordered)
Crawler Innovations Drag Foams
Pro-Line Hoosiers Drag Slicks
DRC Extended Rear Body Mount in Red on the mount.
90mm Chinese shocks in red with 10000 wt Traxxas diff oil for the wheelie bar
110mm Chinese shocks in red with 100wt TLR Shock oil on the rear
RPM rear arms
Back Yard RC Ceramic Bearings in all carriers (full driveline is done with the Backyard RC Ceramics)
STRC BellCrank
Schumacher 56mm Titanium Steering Links with SSD short rod ends
Custom Works 2in Titanium turnbuckles with SSD Long and Short Rod Ends for Front turnbuckles.
Drag Race Concepts Zero Degree Bulkhead in Red
DRC Zero Degree Front Shock Tower
DRC Zero Degree Front CF Bumper
Atomic RC Steering Blocks
RPM Caster Blocks
Lundsford Titanium Front Axles
DE Racing Gambler Front Rims
DE Racing Accelerator Front tires/foams
Chinese 100mm shock in red with TLR 60wt Shock Oil in front
CRC Racing 33mm Titanium Turnbuckle with Short Traxxas ends for Steering Drag Link from Servo to Bellcrank.
Both F & R shocks have internal and external limiters installed.
3mm Aluminum Flanged Nylon lock nuts in Red
STRC Hinge Pins at all points
DRC Wheelie Bar wheels in Red

This Gal has a DRK ESC and a Pre DRK MMR2 4.5 Drag Spec motor from Maclan. I installed a 13mm DRK Rotor into this motor per the Maclan people to increase low end torque and maintain better than normal RPMS.

Dancing shoes like my other 2 rigs is ran by a Reefs RC 299LP servo and TLR 22 Servo horn

This gal will have the Shark RC Scarecrow body, which is a 1972 Pontiac GTO/Judge body that looks really good.
Have a color scheme in mind, but not done yet. Just getting the body trimmed out.

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Still need to finish trimming the body out (wheel wells mostly) then on to mounting. Like my other rigs, I wont be mounting traditionally, though I will likey utilize the Pro-Line Body Mounts with the DRC setups to make a more scale body mounting setup.

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Partially trimmed the body to the ground levels. Still need to do the wheel wells. No VTS slipper yet. May end up ordering a 2nd TA setup to have 2 for now.
Also have a set of the Hybrid Backyard RD rear 4Tec/Bandit arms coming for the RedShift and the TARP rig. Not only will it narrow up the rear end a bit more than the Bandit arms do, it also corrects the Toe to have Zero. If you want to add a little toe, you can use the .5* or 1* or even 2* rear carriers.
They shipped out today, so probably wont have them until early next week.
They are Billet 6061. Simple, Clean, and should work very well.
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Couple shots of the Shark RC Bodies Scarecrow with the wheel wells initial trim. I will do a bit more sanding in them to get them looking a bit cleaner before paint.


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Shark RC Scarecrow body has had its first initial trimming session and is now mounted.
Next, I'll get the wing built and installed.
Just have to trim the bottom lines, wheel wells to be cleaned up, and she should be red-eye for paint.





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When I ordered the SharkRC Bodies Scarecrow, I ordered it with the Aggressive Wing and black nylon bolt set. Got that put together yesterday. Did a slow vid on my youtube channel Pretty simple, but I took my time with it and got it installed/assembled as you have to kind of do both at the same time with this wing.

Anyways, Its on, and it looks killer. I'll get some pics tomorrow while it light out.
You can find my youtube channel in one of my previously posted videos.

Still need to finish up the trimming on the rear part, and take care of the wheel wells. Then she'll be ready to sand all the cut edges smooth and she'll be ready for paint.
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Rest of the rear body and wheel wells are trimmed. Though I will probably have to open the front wells up as the front of the tires are still hitting on turns. About 3/16ths more should do it.

She is ready to go paint.



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VTS Slipper installed with a Team Brook CF Octogon pad. Finale body trim clean-ip and she's ready for colors.
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Any numbers on the set up Timmahh ? Curious how you like the chassis and DRC parts.

Also where abouts in MI ?
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No numbers sadly. Ive been unable to really get out and do any testing yet.
As far as fit and function, no issues with anything. It all went together as it should...

I am hoping to get in some runs on Saturday when the others in the area meet up.

Getting rain this week atm. Was hoping to get some simple testing don't this week before Saturday....

And I still need to paint them all. heh.

I suspect there will be much needed tweaking and adjusting though at first.
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Thank you for sharing your build and thank you for purchasing Crawler Innovations products. I look forward to reading how the car performs and what you think of the foams. I have built three drag cars now and have been testing almost daily lately this summer. I've been testing different wheel tire and foam set ups based on the RTR weight, motor KV and voltage.
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Drag-spec foams are a really odd idea to me, I'm very curious to see the effect. I mount all of my drag tires without foams to emulate the low tire pressures you see on a full scale drag track. But I've tested a few tires with and without foams and found mixed results.
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Originally Posted by Nineball View Post
Drag-spec foams are a really odd idea to me, I'm very curious to see the effect. I mount all of my drag tires without foams to emulate the low tire pressures you see on a full scale drag track. But I've tested a few tires with and without foams and found mixed results.
The belted tires with NO foams seem to be the "go to" set up for high horse power applications regardless of RTR weight. The belted tires do not expand at speed allowing for the body to be mounted lower to the chassis improving down force. The belted tires are not as conforming to the surface like a non belted rubber slick filled with the proper closed cell foam though. I do have a few sets of belted tires, one with the factory foams, the others with none.

Here is an example of some of my recent findings with my own drag cars;
Traxxas drag slash; 4lbs 8oz RTR weight, 2S, 5.0T, CC MX, +Caps, Associated Drag Tire filled with CWR-3010 Deuce's Wild Foam glued to Associated rim, the car over powers the slick and creates tire shake at high RPM. However, switch to Associated Drag Tire filled with CWR-3320 Deuce's Wild Foam glued to Associated rim and the tire shake is gone; allowing for a complete pass. The tire did not grow as tall at speed with the firmer density foam.

Another example;
DR10, 4lbs exactly, 13.5T, 2S, CC MX, +Caps; This is a bracket car for 3.0 index racing so consistency is key; using the Associated Drag Tire filled with CWR-3320 Deuce's Wild Foam glued to an Associated rim, produces a car that is very consistent, not very fast. The car either hooks or it doesn't since the tire is not as soft and the tire shape is held firm. However switching the foams to CWR-3010 Deuce's Wild Foam (which is a softer density), same Associated rim and drag tire, the car picks up MPH since the softer density foam does NOT hold the tire shape as well, allowing for tire growth to pick up MPH.

Just some general observations of mine and I would enjoy hearing others experience. This is how better products ultimately come about.
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Well, I remember testing reactions and big daddies with and without foams a while ago. Fresh reactions are too firm to have foams make a difference, and big daddies just like to balloon no matter what you do. I tried bands on the big daddies but they were unbalanced and performed even worse.

More recently I tried a set of the DE outlaws without foams. I still had a set from last season with foams that only had a race or two on them, so I could test them back to back. The thing is, over two testing sessions, I got completely opposite results... the first night, foamless was king. My contact patch is the whole tire, wear pattern is the whole tire, just a little prone to ballooning. Two weeks later, the pair with foams was working better. Then, oddly enough, I tried my foamless reactions with just WD40 and they worked even better.
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I have still been unable to get out and get any runtime.

I thought about going foamless in the Hoosiers. but they felt pretty 'floppy' without some foam. I was interested when I found these foams and figured they were worth the cost of entry at the minimum for a few set of Hoosiers, being unbelted. At the time, Hoosiers were pretty much the only tire you could buy. lol Damn near still is. lol

Other than painting, and one body, all 3 of my rigs are ready to get out, get setup, and start testing.
And now I do have a set of Reactions without foams I can test against the Hoosiers with the CI drag foams.
I will say the tire profile is very flat across the face, and the foams feel pretty firm to inhibit growth, but still soft enough to flatten out a bit when on the ground dead weight.

I have to believe they will at least be able to limit growth at speed to the tires.
Hoping soon I'll be able to get out and actually put some rubber down.
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