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Old 01-18-2019, 12:03 PM
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Default Off-Road Chassis Balance Scaling

I know that the on-road guys spend lots of time balancing their chassis using scales for corner weights and front-to-back. Is that something commonly done in the off-road arena (buggies, truggies, e-buggy, etc.)?
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Old 01-18-2019, 12:26 PM
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Is it common? Not really. Can it help fix odd handling characteristics? Absolutely. If you are serious about setup it will be another helpful tool to zone in on the perfect setup.
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as already stated....... NOT COMMON.. but if you have problems.. it helps

but good detail to your car suspension is very helpful..
all moveable parts move evenly.. shocks build correctly...

I never needed to use scales. carpet, blacktop, dirt.
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NOT COMMON, but IMO SHOULD BE COMMON. I dont think you could ever go wrong looking for a balanced chassis.
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That setup there is cool, but that's just static balancing. You can have it balancing there, but shock collars all messed up giving you a messed up percentages
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when you assembly your suspension...

a flat block with 400 grit sandpaper... make sure all parts fit and move correctly...

a scale does nothing for parts not working correctly..

shocks are a pain.. but very important to be assembled,, and oil added and bleed RIGHT.

if you want a race car.. then make sure it is built like a race car. . DETAIL is everything.

also.... after a few days of racing... disassemble the car... clean, check, oil every moving part.

you want to race.. then you must operate like a race 'team'.. all by yourself..
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and the reason for 4 corner scales... real weight, on each wheel.

but at the end of the day.. its how the car handles... scales can not do that.
scales HELP to make a given setting repeatable. ( a good thing )

in the real world of racing... driver input for feel and control, suspension mechanics, engineers.
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Its something we should do but never. Prolly because the effects are much less noticeable in dirt. I still can't determine with any certainty whether or not my YZ4 is balanced.....
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Lots of people do this in both 1/10 and 1/8th. Just buy 4 digital kitchen scales when they are on sale and use those.
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Interesting thoughts. I need to work on my driving before needing stuff like this, but coming from the real-life racing world (1:1) I was just curious if any off-road R/C racers used scales for corner weights, etc. Really appreciate all the insight.
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Touring Car = important
Off road = Good way to set the car after rebuilding shocks or making major changes to the car at home. Better way to setup a balanced car before hitting the track and wondering if it could be wrong.

IMO not a priority but helpful when getting a baseline setup.
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A friend of mine just picked up the sky rc scales . we got the left to right even at 50/50 even tho they were not to far off to begin with (49/51) . The most interesting thing is adding weight we noticed adding weight in different areas affected the chassis differently than you would think it would based on the placement . The nice thing was it confirmed what i was feeling on the track .
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