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Old 03-16-2018, 07:41 AM
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I got my XB4 right at the min weight limit and while it does seem to change directions faster it is harder to drive. I'm going back to a full size shorty to add weight back.
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:26 PM
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so how has the state of 13.5T racing been for you guys?

At a track here that is full mod, its common for drivers to run 13.5T motors due to its size.
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13.5 4wd off road has been one of the stronger classes at the track I go to. I canít remember the last time we had anyone run 4wd mod/open.
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Old 02-11-2019, 10:21 PM
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I just switched to a B64 from a 22-4 2.0 (and 22 4.0 to b6.1 to match) and I'm loving it. Picked it up cheap from a friend with the MIP puck system. Weight is 1700g with a full size 5500 pack and shorty steering servo. I need to get a new raw speed night hawk body and paint it up to loose some body weight.

Other then that I picked up quite a bit of speed per lap something around bare minimum .5 sec per lap to a full second per lap. Im now competitive at top of the amain even when faster guys are showing up at our normal club races.

This is all 13.5. I did run a 7.5 for a few packs and I'm just beginning to be able to use the extra power. I'll stick to 13.5 for a while longer, I still have plenty of room to improve while I really learn the car. Loving it so far.
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Old 02-15-2019, 01:21 PM
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yeah here we ran full mod last year outdoors on a turf track, 100 x 80 or so. Even there guys were saying how they felt better using less for motor other than the straight. And I could be wrong which is fine,but part of me feels the full on mod levels of power may have scared off folks into trying the class versus the very active 2wd 17.5T spec buggy class.

We also see some nice turn out to the 13.5T stadium truck class that go going on another track, though they do allow open timing on escs but in general running it spec works just as well for the size.

Heck makes me wonder at times for our larger outdoor track if just going with 13.5T motors all around could give the speed boost some guys could want in 2wd buggy but still be approachable for our area for others and keep everyone all together as a group. Anyway just ramblin

Glad to see guys are having some good wheeler turn out.

Anyone got gearing tips for a Tekin 13.5 Spec-R was thinking a higher FDR than I am used to at say 8.5 as a starting point.
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Old 02-15-2019, 06:55 PM
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With the Spec R I've settled on 9:1 FDR with ~50į timing.

I've seen several fast stock guys try mod and quickly go back. In my opinion the low end rip on the standard 12.5 rotors can make them hard to drive for someone interested in racing mod. With a weaker 13.5/17.5t motor and bigger gears, the torque at the wheels is lower so it is much easier to gauge when your getting close to the tires limit and stay there. When they throw in a mod motor the tires have more torque and rpm to deal with. So the time between reaching the tires limit and passing it happens much more abruptly. Looking at the pro setups they will use the weaker 12.0-12.3 rotors to lower the torque and make them easier to drive at the limit but still have the rpm mod is know for. This is mainly for 2wd. 4wd doesn't seem to have as big of an issue with this due to the additional weight, drivetrain, and traction.

Mod at our track is dwindling but 13.5 is going strong. They have combined the classes to let the few mod guys still race. Times were relatively close on the last layout but our current layout is more motor dependent so they have a big advantage right now.

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