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Old 03-20-2018, 09:55 AM
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There is a Ghost18 specific default setup sheet in the box. Does anyone know if there is an online version specific for the Ghost18 or an editable one available for download? I can only find one for the Ghost Evo.
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Old 03-20-2018, 02:14 PM
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I noticed the D08, D09 and D10 chassis all seem to use a slot rather than a hole for the split blocks. I also noticed this from pictures that the split blocks other than those for the D06 and D07 would all need filing down or the chassis modifying.

I've ordered some D06, 2 screw split blocks to try. My Ghost18 kit arrived today! I'm planning on setting it up as a damp car so want as much flex as possible hence the split blocks. I may change my mind after the build if there is already too much flex with the one piece mounts.
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Old 03-20-2018, 07:52 PM
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Originally Posted by dvaid852456 View Post
There is a Ghost18 specific default setup sheet in the box. Does anyone know if there is an online version specific for the Ghost18 or an editable one available for download? I can only find one for the Ghost Evo.
I've also found a blank setup sheet in the manual. I might try making an editable PDF version. I've built the diff which is very smooth after carefully sanding the gears to remove any rough bits from the moldings.The build has stalled due to a missing centre Pulley Mount Besides that everything is going together nicely and the chassis and top deck look great after sanding the edges, going round with a permanent marker then CA glue on a cotton bud.
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Old 03-21-2018, 05:58 AM
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Editable Ghost18 setup sheet attached
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I had a test day to work on the car. I am running it in VTA and I have to say it makes a great car for the class. I beat on it pretty hard yesterday and the only issue was the rack
was showing a little play but after two weeks that maintenance is OK by me. Suggested kit set up is real close as far as shock position. I am running stiffer sway bars and that is about it. 2mm shim under the front inner camber link to lower the roll center and a 2mm shim under the rear hub (outer) camber link to raise the rear roll center is all I varied. My sway bars are 1.8mm front and 1.6 rear (home made and some bracket mods are needed to run them). I am ready for its first big event in two weeks.
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Old 03-30-2018, 12:39 PM
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I blew out the front plastic suspension mount inserts my first run out. Does not seem to be enough material backing the shaft relative to the hole.
The jury is still out on the material. But I was really loose with the base manual setup on cold tires and the CRC Grey Ozite. The car started to come in at it warmed up, but I will be making some adjustments next time out to tighten it up.
Boy does it pivot around the corners nice!!
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I blew out the front plastic suspension mount inserts my first run out. Does not seem to be enough material backing the shaft relative to the hole.
The jury is still out on the material. But I was really loose with the base manual setup on cold tires and the CRC Grey Ozite. The car started to come in at it warmed up, but I will be making some adjustments next time out to tighten it up.
Boy does it pivot around the corners nice!!
DO a search on the D08 forum, I show a backing plate thats silver soldered for strength that gives more durability with those inserts. The only other alternative that worked for some racers was to trim 1mm of the suspension pins. Or lastly you could upgrade to the D09/D10 suspension mounts that have a smaller backing hole machined into the mounts.
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Previously I have put the D09 rear suspension mount to replace the D07 E30 mount on D07, the following are the measurement for your reference, with the split block C00 :

D07 rear suspension mount
E30 46.0mm, 3 degree
D09 rear suspension mount
5 dot 45.3mm, 2.5 degree
3 dot 44.4mm, 2.0 degree
1 dot 43.2mm, 1.5 degree

Some machining of the D09 mount at the bottom is needed.

Originally I want to replace the fix mount E30 with the D08 rear mount, but it seems that the insert hole for D08 mount is too large, so I use the D09 mount, however, it is found that the D09 rear mount is not the same geometry as D07 and D08. Now for the Ghost 18 mount, the geometry is supposed to be the same as D07 (since I see the manual it uses the C00 mount which is used on D07)
If someone has the D10, welcome to share the mount length, let'see any difference between D09, D10 mount and Ghost 18 mount.

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I made aluminum reinforcement plates to install behind the inserts in my D08. I had to shorten the pins a bit to compensate for the thickness of the plates. I do not have a d09, but i do have a D10 that i can measure.
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I don't understand why the insert holes are not blind. This is a definite weakness.
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Check the length of the arm hinge pins. If they stick out beyond the pivot ball when all shims are in place, shorten it so it doesn't. That is a common source of insert blow out.
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Originally Posted by old_dude View Post
Check the length of the arm hinge pins. If they stick out beyond the pivot ball when all sims are in place, shorten it so it doesn't. That is a common source of insert blow out.
I've made some grade 5 titanium hinge pins from a 3mm rod. It's 7 from EBay and makes enough for 6 hinge pins. The originals are 44.6mm which seem to be flush when all spacers are on. Saves about 1 gram per pin and hasn't bent on my indoor carpet car even in big crashes.
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I don't understand why the insert holes are not blind. This is a definite weakness.
3 minor reasons. You can identify the insert (number of dots). It saves a small amount of weight. It makes it easy to change inserts.
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Originally Posted by old_dude View Post
3 minor reasons. You can identify the insert (number of dots). It saves a small amount of weight. It makes it easy to change inserts.
The last reason is the only one that makes sense to me
That being the case, I think a better design would be a hole smaller than the diameter of the shafts..which is probably what they did for the D09,10?
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The last reason is the only one that makes sense to me
That being the case, I think a better design would be a hole smaller than the diameter of the shafts..which is probably what they did for the D09,10?
Yes, d09 and d10 have smaller opening.
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