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Old 02-05-2006, 05:38 PM   #1
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Default Please explain tuning features on my buggy!

i am a pretty experienced racer with buggies, so i have a good understanding of the basic tuning features on my buggy. i know how to properly set ride height, camber, front toe, and preload. however, there are still many features on my buggy that i have no idea what they do. i have a jammin X1-CR pro, and i'd like to know what each feature does when i change it.

so, i can somebody please explain to me about the following features: caster, rear toe, droop, roll center, sway bars, ackerman, and anti-squat. i know, how could i possibly race and not know what these things do? well, that's what i have been wondering. so, if somebody could step up and help me to me to be a more efficient racer, i would highly appreciate it.
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For the most comprehensive guide to tuning online go here; http://users.pandora.be/elvo/

A long technical read, but it will explain to you how everything works.
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Old 02-05-2006, 06:18 PM   #3
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sweet, i think this covers everthing i need.
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I don't have a direct link but Hudy make a really good book that will explain it all. You can download it off the Hudy website.
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and doesn't Hudy make a 1/8 off-road set up station?
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Yes they do. I have never seen anyone with one though. I'm sure people use them, they're just to embarrassed to tell anyone
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Old 02-06-2006, 09:08 AM   #7
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macnkitty, don't sweat it if you don't know how to setup a car to race. I know a fair share, but it's really not much more than what you you know. I mostly download the pro setups from the internet and make tweaks to those setups as I go. The link mentioned in this thread is great, but if you want a shorter read, I'd suggest looking in the back of one of the losi kits manuals. They will tell you what each tuning option does... without the long technical read. I liked reading the technical explanation for the fun of it, but the Losi manuals are much quicker with getting you the information you need. Lastly, I'd like to mention that Matt Gosch is one of the best drivers in the country right now.... but don't ask him how to setup a car! He doesn't know much in the ways of setting up cars. His father and Aaron Pucci watch the way he drives, then look for what the car needs, then makes the appropriate adjustments.
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Its funny, but alot of pro drivers are like that, alot of the young guys who have their dads doing their pit work for them. I've asked Tebo a setup question before and he doesn't really know that much, his dad does though! lol.

I have seen a link to the Xray/Hudy tuning guide, I'll see if I can find it again.
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Ok, just download the XB8 manual off of www.teamxray.com, the last 8 pages are a great tuning guide!
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Having a good understanding of how to tune a car will make you faster. Just because a setup works on a track doesn't mean it is for you. Each driver has his own style, just because driver a is fast with it doesn't mean driver b will be. Do a little research, ask around and see who uses an aggresive setup and see who uses a forgiving setup. Then test and feal the differance. Many adjustments will do the same thing as other adjustments, just to a smaller degree.
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